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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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