With swimsuit season right around the corner, now is the perfect time to get in shape while enjoying the outdoors. Stand-up paddleboard (or SUP) yoga offers both fitness and relaxation in a fun group setting. With this summertime trend sweeping the nation, here are a few reasons to get onboard:
Fun and Empowering
Learning to paddleboard is not only great exercise—it’s a great way to get you out of your comfort zone so you can build confidence from learning a new skill, and laugh a lot while doing it. Sure, you might have a few spills, but practicing paddleboard yoga in a supportive group setting where it’s okay to laugh at yourself is part of the experience. Experts say mixing it up is a good way to improve your fitness regimen and stay motivated, so paddleboard yoga will keep you from getting into a rut. With classes available for all levels from beginners to experts, it’s also easy to find a class that fits your level of experience.
One of the best things about working out on the water is that it’s much easier on your joints than doing yoga on a hard surface. If you’re worried about exercise taking a toll on your back and knees, this is a perfect alternative to running, weight training, and traditional forms of yoga that also gives you a vigorous workout.
Practicing yoga in the outdoors offers more benefits than attending a class at your local studio or gym. Not only does the beautiful natural setting aid in relaxation, but the sound of water has been shown to increase awareness of breathing. Focus on breath is very important to practicing yoga successfully, and the Vitamin D from limited sun exposure is a natural mood booster.The feeling of floating also helps to alleviate stress.
Easy to Afford
The equipment and clothing required for SUP yoga is relatively inexpensive, and most classes offer paddleboard rentals if you don’t want to commit to purchasing your own. Typical sessions run from $30-$45 for 90 minutes, depending on whether you bring your own board.
Paddleboard yoga is perfect for practitioners of traditional forms of yoga who feel like shaking up their routines. Because of the balance required to keep from falling in, people who practice yoga on the water are more focused on the form and execution of their poses, which helps to refine technique and tone muscles. Constant balance also engages core muscles for a better workout than you would get at home or in a studio.
With so many health benefits, now is the perfect time to dive into paddleboard yoga. Whether you’re just starting out or an expert yoga practitioner, SUPmerge offers many stylish, well-made paddleboard clothing options such as skirts, dresses, pants, shorts, tanks, and pullovers to help get you out on the water. SUPmerge paddleboard clothing that transitions from workout clothes to street wear will help you fit paddleboard yoga into your busy schedule.