What is SUP Yoga?
SUP = STAND UP PADDLEBOARD YOGA
SUP yoga classes are a fun way to practice yoga, SUP also brings you closer to nature using the element of water. SUP Yoga classes are done on a 10 * 8 inflatable paddle board, You will anchor yourselves so the paddleboard doesn't float away and you can start to relax. The yoga class is a slow class as much more time is spent on postures and transitions. The last asana of the class is a relaxing shatvasana, Laying down with the feeling of floating, dipping your toes & fingers in to the water.
As the practice differs from being on land, there are some poses which require changing the alignment to create equal weight distribution and better balance on the board. The main aim in yoga for me as a teacher and a student is focus and clarity in the mind. I feel that during the SUP yoga your focus is solely on being conscious and aware of the breath and balance.
SUP yoga unites the sport of stand-up paddleboarding, which originated in Hawaii in the 1940s, with the ancient practice of yoga, which has its roots in India. Practicing yoga on a surface that is moving – like the paddle board – engages the core muscles and strengthens other muscles which wouldn't otherwise be used in earth-bound practice. SUP yoga also requires intense focus because transitioning between poses requires concentration to keep the board steady.
What to bring with you:
A spare change of clothes (incase you get wet or fall in to the reservoir)
Some comfortable clothes which you can move in, Yoga leggings, T- shirt and Jumper.
Barefoot on the boards or wetsuit boots can be used if you prefer
Sunscreen in the summer, to protect the skin from UVA & UVB
All none swimmers must where a jacket until anchored up and ready to start yoga