It’s easy to fall in love with the practice of yoga. There’s something addictive about the silent calm between poses, the challenge of stretching your balance to its limits, and the rush of endorphins that hit once you’ve finished a class. While yoga is a great way to relieve stress and practice your “zen,” there’s a new trend that takes it to the next level: SUP yoga.
Somewhere down the line, a creative yogi thought that combining water, a paddle board, and yoga would be a great mix. The popularity of this new sport has proved them right. SUP yoga is practiced on a still body of water such as a lake or a calm coast. One of the main focuses of the SUP yoga practice is balance, since it’s all done on a floating board. Following an instructor, you’ll move through a flow that is both relaxing and physically challenging, all while enjoying the surrounding aquatic scenery.
Try Something New
SUP yoga is a great activity for those looking to get out of their comfort zones. It’s a unique and fun way to enjoy a sunny afternoon with friends or family. The best part is that falling over is all part of the fun. At the end of the class, you’ll be just as impressed by the moves you did as by the splashes you made falling into the water.
Yoga has been long known to offer mental and physical health benefits, including stress and anxiety release, as well as easing inflammation and chronic joint pain. SUP yoga has a carefree element to it, and you’ll be sure to share a laugh or two with your classmates, making it a great mood booster.
What You Should Know
To prep for your first SUP yoga class, be sure to wear swimwear combined with comfy, light clothing that you don’t mind getting wet, and apply lots of sunscreen. While SUP yoga courses are popping up more frequently, one of our favorite destinations to try it out is at Shaman Beach on the island of Curacao, which offers breathtaking Caribbean views on a serene sea. The Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is a great place to start as they offer SUP yoga classes to locals and hotel guests every Friday and Saturday at 9am.