The Benefits of SUP Yoga
5 Reasons SUP + Yoga are the Perfect Marriage
1. Increased strength
SUP yoga targets all those little muscles we often forget we have. Rather than focusing on large muscle groups during a practice on the water you will feel all the little stabilizer muscles that are so important for us to find balance not only on the water, but also on land. It is a full body experience. Rather than focusing all in the core or the legs the entire body needs to be involved to maintain the balance on water.
2. increased confidence
Ever held yourself upside down on water? If your answer is not yet this is one of the most exhilarating experiences. Proving to yourself that you are able to complete such a daunting feat builds a sense of confidence you will find few other places.
3. become a beginner again
No matter how long you have been a yoga practitioner or if this is your first attempt everyone is a beginner on the board. It teaches us where we are lax in our land practice and where our strengths are. For seasoned yogis it is common to find a new appreciation for their practice and for complete beginners it is reassuring to know that they are stronger than they may think.
4. let go of expectations
Few things on the water are predictable. The beauty of practicing on a moving surface is that the practice changes from moment to moment. Whether it is our expectations going in or nature throwing a wave at us to knock us off our feet. The practice on the water teaches us to live in the moment and let go of what we think "should" be or "could" be. We learn to appreciate all that is.
5. find your inner child
It can be hard to find time to have fun or to allow our daily responsibilities to take over. SUP yoga helps to teach us not just to let go but to laugh and enjoy the simplicity of life. Find the same joy falling into the water as you used to while running through the sprinkler on a hot day as a child. Know that sometimes it's okay to let your inner child out to play.