Sometimes You’ve Just Got To Relax
Yoga is well known as a fantastic way to reduce stress and to relax. A relaxed person is more creative, more productive and generally has a happier life than a stressed person.
If you paddle board, then you may want to think about trying paddle board yoga. I know what your first thought is, don’t be ridiculous I’ve never heard of it. Well this article has been written to introduce you to the world of paddle board yoga, what it is and why you do it.
So What Exactly Is Paddle Board Yoga.
The answer to this question is quite simple, there is no mystery. SUP yoga is the practice of yoga, not in a hot sweaty dance studio, but out on the lovely open water. Anyone who has tried paddle boarding knows that to maintain your balance requires a very strong core. Yoga is a very well known way of strengthening your core muscles. The two together are one of the best ways to improve both your balance and your core strength while at the same time enjoying a lovely outdoor experience.
How Do You Do Paddle Board Yoga.
Doing yoga on a paddle board is quite simple. You obviously need a calm accessible stretch of water. You paddle out until you’re comfortable and then once your position and properly balanced you start taking up yoga positions whilst balancing on the board. The important thing is not to be worried about falling in, everybody falls in at some point. The important thing is that you enjoy the whole experience and allow, the outdoor activity and the paddle boarding to take away the stress that building inside you.
Do You Need A Special Paddle Board.
This is a frequently asked question. Many people are worried that their board will not be appropriate to do their paddle board yoga on. Or, it may be that you tried to do yoga on your paddle board and although it might have been partially successful you think there must be a better way to get value from it.
The truth is, when it comes to parable yoga the size of the board is probably the most critical aspect. Obviously the larger the board the more volume it has and consequentially the most stability. If you are struggling to practice your positions, the last thing you really want to be doing is to be constantly toppling into the water due to the size of your board.
Having said that we all have to have an eye to transportation. Getting a huge board might be great for your yoga, but isn’t always the easiest thing to carry around.
One other thing that you should consider when undertaking parable yoga, is to purchase a yoga mat which you place on top of the board and helps you both grip and balance. Think of it like this, you probably wouldn’t do yoga on the bare dance from floor. So why would you consider doing it on a standard paddle board surface.
What Are The Best Yoga Positions?
Downward Facing Dog
Anyone who’s experienced the different positions that you can do in yoga will be familiar with some of the following. One great yoga position is called the downward facing dog. This is a position that you begin by getting on all fours, spreading your fingers wide apart, twisting your toes and lifting your backside into the air all the time stretching your neck. To get the most from this position make sure you push through your hands and try to lift your forearms way up into the clouds away from the board, remembering all the time to keep measured breathing. Hold for about seven breaths or 30 seconds whichever is easier.
another great yoga position is called the knee lunch this is similar to the downward dog, in your setup, but in this case that you step your right foot towards the middle of your hands while settling the left knee down on your board.
Try to ensure that you push the heel and ball of your foot through into the surface of the board, remember this is where you draw all your power from. Once you’re feeling strong push your hands up to the sky with the palms facing upwards. When ready return to the downward dog bring your left foot back. Again try to hold each one for about 30 seconds.
Hopefully this is given you an idea about why paddle boarding is so great for yoga, and some indications of the sorts of accessories that you might need in order to do your yoga, and some of the more popular poses that are done whilst on a paddle board.