With summer officially in full swing, more people than ever are enjoying the season with stand-up paddleboarding. It’s no secret this sport has many health benefits, improving balance, muscle tone, and stamina. Some newcomers to the world of SUP have trouble finding an activity that suits their lifestyle, though. If you want to enjoy the water but aren’t into racing or high-impact workouts, paddleboard yoga might be the choice for you. Balance and serenity go hand in hand when your board is your yoga mat and the water is your studio. Many beginners are drawn to paddleboard yoga, especially if they already practice traditional forms of yoga. Here are a few popular poses to get you started. For best results, try practicing the poses on your board before you take it out on the water.
Stability is the key in SUP, so use this classic pose to focus your mind, breath, and body. Standing with your feet shoulder width apart and arms at your sides, feel the board as an extension of your body until you feel relaxed and comfortable. From there you can move on to more involved poses. Return to mountain pose whenever you feel the need to regain stability.
Standing with your feet hip width apart, exhale while lifting your arms above your head and bending your knees at the same time. Hold the pose for several breaths or as long as you can comfortably maintain balance. This pose will ground you as you learn to balance on the water, and is great for toning leg muscles.
This studio staple is perfect for getting acclimated to paddleboard yoga. Push up your hips to extend your spine and build strength in your arms and hold the pose for as long as it takes to maintain steady breathing and get used to the lightweight feeling of floating. From there you can step back into Plank Pose for an even better arm workout.
Once you’re a bit more comfortable with your board, you can try this core strengthening pose. From a sitting position with your arms extended in front of you, lift your knees toward your chest while maintaining balance. For an extra challenge, try extending your legs. This pose is very difficult to hold for long periods of time, so you can try doing a set of short boat crunches.
Whatever your yoga experience level, trying paddleboard yoga is a proven way to increase awareness, balance, and concentration. It’s also a more challenging workout. Unlike traditional yoga, though, you’ll need specialized clothing that goes in and out of the water easily. Shop SUPMerge for fashionable, durable paddleboard clothing in a variety of styles and colors to suit your wardrobe and busy lifestyle. Men’s and women’s options are available, including shirts, jackets, shorts, skirts, dresses, and pants. Paddleboard clothing is lightweight and fast drying, so it can easily go from the water to the rest of your day without skipping a beat.