SUP Yoga is like Nothing Else!
You might have heard or seen Stand Up Paddle-boarding, the workout that looks like a combination of surfing and kayaking on the water. You might have tried yoga in all different forms. Combining them makes for an amazing workout, and an unforgettable experience.
I got to try SUP Yoga with Paddle Diva on Long Island’s eastern shores. After paddling, turning, and exhausting the arms and the core for 30 minutes (and getting some sun by the way), we set up our anchors in about 15 feet deep water. The yoga part that came next was the most interesting, fun and exhilarating workout I have ever had.
The difference of doing yoga in the waves on a paddle-board vs. a mat is even more intense than the difference between doing ab workouts on the mat vs. on a stability ball. Imagine someone rocking the ball while you try to balance and crunch.… and if you fall off, you get wet and go under in all crazy positions!
I knew it was going to be interesting when our cue for down dog was to “find land behind you with your gaze, don’t look at the board.”
Challenging poses like wheel were actually not as hard as I thought it would be, rocking in the waves upside down and toning the upper back. The most challenging move was holding crescent lunge, usually a basic move! As soon as that was added to our sun salutation, you heard splash, splash, splash, as one class member after another toppled in. I toppled in when doing headstand — a pose I thought was impossible — but only after holding it for about 5 seconds — success!
Not only did I get a great 60 min cardio and toning workout, but your focus in holding the poses and breathing has to be so intense not to all in, that there leaves no room for your mind to drift away from the board.
My favorite part? Just before final relaxation we were doing reclined spinal twist, laying on our backs, with the left leg bent and crossed over to the right to stretch the outer thigh, while our upper bodies twisted in opposition to gaze over our right arms… and I saw swans floating nearby and heard the lapping of the waves on the board while being rocked by the waves, kissed by the sun and cooled by the breeze.
I didn’t think I could love yoga more than I already did. This is paradise for the mind and body.
Try your SUP DOG before summer is over. Google it with your zip code or take a trip east.
Fitness — fit it in this summer.
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