First it was the Stand Up Paddle or Paddle Surf then another kickass modality arrives, the SUP Yoga.
SUP yoga is not just a hour-long Hatha yoga class on an inflatable surfboard. Classes include a paddle surf tour warming up, meditation, breathing, joint warming, greetings to the sun and balance posture.
Whats the advantage of practicing SUP Yoga?
Why do yoga in the water instead of always on land?
By practicing SUP yoga you can improve your regular yoga practice. You get a lot of core strength because you keep yourself stable as you go through over the diferente asanas ( postures).
You learn the proper alignment because if you do it wrong you are going to fall . So you learn how to really distribute your weight and align your hands and feet the right way. The water is going to teach you.
More over it is a really great way to focus on your practice, you really can not think in anything else when you are out there. You just focus on what you are doing and that is the purpose of yoga.
What do you need for SUP yoga?
You should always practice in calm waters. Normally an inflatable board is used, such as a mat, which is wider and with greater volume than the traditional surfboard. You must make sure you are well hydrated, wear comfortable clothes – the neoprene is very uncomfortable in this case – have applied SPF50 + high sun protection and take a bath before starting the class to be fresh and clear.
Who can practice SUP yoga?
It is suitable for everyone from 8 to 80 years old. Its practice is recommended for people of all ages. You just have to adapt the positions to the strength and mobility of the elderly. Gradually and without forcing, the body will be molded to new movements and postures.
Is SUP yoga hard?
No. The asanas (postures) are adapted to the level of each person. Practicing yoga on a regular basis allows the body to remain strong, flexible and in balance. All this contributes to the person having greater self-esteem. In short, practicing yoga brings more energy and favors the development of a more positive attitude towards life.
Price. Is SUP Yoga expensive?
Although prices vary greatly from one school to another, an hour of practice (with board rental included) can cost you from € 15. Some hotels include it for free within the menu of activities of their clients and some schools charge a monthly fee of around € 65 for two hours of practice per week.
More Benefits of SUP Yoga
It improves breathing. Yoga teaches how to breathe properly, which allows people to overcome anxiety or stress. They also learn to relax and control different situations.
Correct bad postures. Practicing yoga corrects bad postures and inappropriate movements, which relieves tension or muscle pain throughout the body, especially in the back.
It improves circulation. Thanks to the postures and the movement exerted during a yoga session, it improves the circulation and oxygenation of the body’s cells.
Improves memory and mental agility. Practicing yoga requires a constant mental effort to internalize the different postures and their development, which improves concentration and memory.
It reduces stress and improves mood. Overcoming each yoga session makes people, especially those suffering from anxiety or stress, feel that their self-esteem is reinforced and they see life in a more positive way.
Improves sleep and reduces insomnia. Breathing and meditation favor relaxation, which helps sleep and improves sleep quality.
Power social relations. Yoga is a discipline that is usually practiced in a group, where people with similar abilities and tastes participate. In this way, it facilitates social relations and avoids solitude situations.