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Things you need to know about SUP Yoga

YOU MAY HAVE TRIED STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING, AND PERHAPS STUDIO YOGA. BUT IF YOU’RE A VIRGIN TO SUPYOGA - A HYBRID OF THE TWO - YOU MAY WANT TO TRY THIS NEW FITNESS TREND. BECAUSE SURFERS, WATERSPORTS ENTHUSIASTS AND EVEN STUDIO YOGIS ARE ALL FLOCKING TO DO THEIR DOWNWARD DOGS ON WATER. WE SPOKE TO GERRY BROOM AT SUPYOGA BRIGHTON FOR AN EXPERT INSIGHT INTO EMBRACING YOUR INNER MERMAID OR MERMAN - HERE’S THE LOWDOWN.
SUPYOGA IS FAIRLY NEW TO BRITISH SHORES

The origins of SUPYoga are hazy. Some say it was first practiced in Rishikesh, India, while others claim it originates from California. One thing’s certain, SUPYoga fitness is relatively new to the UK but British yogis are embracing it so it’s set to get bigger.

IT WORKS YOUR CORE MUSCLES HARDER

Think about it, you’re practicing your asanas (yoga poses) on a moving ‘yoga mat’. So the test on your balance and core strength is even greater. The result is a much leaner and stronger body.

IT’S GREAT FOR PERFECTING YOUR TECHNIQUE

If you’re struggling to tweak your yoga poses in the studio, practicing SUPYoga will help. That’s because balancing on the water demands more precision in your movement and heightens your overall awareness of how you balance. You’ll be king or queen yogi in no time.

YOU’LL PROBABLY GET WET

If you’re new to SUPYoga, it’s inevitable that you’ll catch a foot in the water or go overboard once in a while. Stay open minded. Getting soaked adds to the fun.

YOU NEED TO SURRENDER TO THE BOARD

If all this balancing on water feels like too much, relax. If you surrender to the board, you’ll ease into it much more quickly.

IT HELPS YOU DE-STRESS

The sun is reflecting off the water, waves are lapping around you and you’re breathing in fresh sea air. SUPYoga transports you away from daily stressors and towards a naturally meditative state of mind. That, and the natural endorphin released during the session will help you become both mentally and physically stronger.

YOU CAN HIT THE POOL BEFORE THE OCEAN

If practicing yoga out at sea is a little daunting, look our for SUPYoga classes in your local swimming pool. It’s a practical and safe way to build your confidence before you conquer the ocean.

IT’S ANCHORS DOWN, NOT ANCHORS AWAY

During most SUPYoga classes, the instructors will fix anchors to your paddleboard to keep you in one place. So you don’t have to worry about floating off into the sunset.

SUPYOGA WILL BECOME AS DIVERSE AS STUDIO YOGA

As SUPYoga develops, it’s likely it will grow into different forms, just like studio yoga. SUPYoga Brighton for example, runs AquaVinyasa SUPYoga, a more flowing style of yoga. And if you’re an experienced yogi and want to challenge your fitness, try a form of SUPYoga that pushes you to keep poses for longer periods of time.

IT'S REALLY FUN

The main thing to remember is SUPyoga is loads of fun. Most instructors encourage you to not take the class too seriously and enjoy yourself. So get out there and give it a try.

Our thanks to Gerry Broom - you can check out SUPYoga Brighton here