If you love yoga and you love the sea, you cannot miss the experience of doing a SUP YOGA class.
It’s not necessary to have any previous experience either in stand up paddle surf or yoga so… then? Is it yoga for beginners? Not exactly, I will explain you now.
The sequences created for the purpose of practicing them on the paddle board seem easier on the mat at a first glance, but on the board they are more complex due to the balance.
Usually, these sequences are less flowing because it’s not an easy task to flow from one pose to another, and sometimes it can be very limited. They are also more creative sequences, because you try to include variations of the poses so you can only make them that way on the board.
Let’s go, what do I mean with pose variations? Is it not possible to do them the way they are?
The answer is no. On the mat we try to align, whereas over the paddle surf board we look for balance. For example, while doing the pose Warrior II, the heel placed backwards must be aligned with the foot placed forwards, with the leg stretched and your whole body over the same central edge (I’m speaking only about the alignment of the legs and the core)
However, on the board, if you don’t bend your knees and you don’t try to align your feet, 90% of the times we will end up with a wet warrior. What you have to do is to bend the stretched leg, place the knee under your hip and cross the foot on the board, pointing to the opposite side of your knee.
By doing it this way you will have 3 points of support and the chances to fall into the water will be minimal.
Let’s analyze another example: Side Plank Pose
This asana is more demanding on the mat. If we add the waves, this challenge won’t make the students very happy. Here I’ll show you one of the “easiest” variations! If we bend the knee of the lowest leg, perpendicularly to our body we cross our leg and with the foot we grab the edge of the board, we will be able to balance ourselves and even move forwards our hip by counterbalancing with our raised arm, and that’s the funny thing. You have more accessible variations on the board! Another advantage is that this variation cannot be done on the mat, since the foot cannot grab the edge of the mat, so this is one of the most enjoyable poses for students and for me. These poses make you really creative and the practice of SUP yoga becomes unique and irreplaceable!
In these photos I wear the Bodhi Swimsuit in palms print of Shambhala Barcelona. It is perfect for my practice because when you work so many hours exposed to the sun you have to be careful, and this garment avoids this sun exposure completely.
See you on the board!
Ainània, profesora de yoga y SUP-YOGA
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