This summer, many of us are planning trips. If you are heading towards the water for a vacation at the beach, lake, or river, consider trying a fun twist on regular yoga: paddleboard yoga. Paddleboard yoga is done on a stand up paddleboard (SUP board) in any body of water that is not too choppy or busy. Usually the practitioners drop anchors into the water to keep their boards in the same area while they practice. The teacher leads students through a series of yoga poses very similar to what is done in a normal class, but the poses are more challenging (and perhaps more fun)! We came up with five reasons you should try it out!
Let your adventurous side out this summer with paddleboard yoga
- It’s a great workout. Because of the instability of the board, your core will have to work a lot harder to keep you balanced. It makes poses that you maybe originally thought were easy (cat/cow, tree pose) into extremely challenging poses that can build up a sweat and leave you feeling empowered.
- It’s calming to be on the water. According to Huffington Post, being on the water can give our brains the break they need and leave us feeling calm and peaceful. It lets us take a break from the constant overstimulation that comes from our busy lives and technology. It’s recommended that you leave behind your phone, watch, and cameras do that you don’t risk getting them wet and ruined, so you get the added bonus of an hour without any technology.
- It’s fun! Paddleboard yoga is fun and adventurous. There’s a very real possibility you might fall into the water, and that is totally okay. It lets you play with poses with a sense of freedom and exploration. Ever wanted to try a crazy arm balance? Why not try it on a paddleboard? The water will catch you when you fall.
- It lets you soak up some fresh air and Vitamin D. Many of us spend the majority of our lives indoors- working, driving, sleeping, even workouts at the gym or yoga studio. It is so good for the soul, and the skin, to get outside and enjoy mother nature. An hour on the paddleboard in the sunshine will do wonders for your mood!
- It might just be the best savasana you’ve ever had. After working hard for an entire yoga session, laying down on the board, closing your eyes, and drifting in the water is an incredibly relaxing and rewarding experience. You can let yourself get lost in the gentle movement of the water, the sounds around you, and the feeling of accomplishment from your class.
On your next vacation, see if there are any paddleboard yoga classes being offered. Many vacation spots near water have classes suited to beginners and advanced yogis alike. This can be a fun way to mix up your vacation routine, get in a great workout, and feel refreshed and energized.