SUP Yoga MythsComing into my fourth year of stand up paddle board Yoga (SUP Yoga), I’ve heard it all – the fears, the hesitations and doubts people have about practicing SUP yoga. And let’s face it – most of these apprehensions are just a tiny figment of your imagination. You can do SUP yoga. You probably won’t be amazing at the start, but you will get better with practice. Below are the 5 most common doubts about SUP yoga and why you should start practicing today!
1) I don’t have good balanceYou might not be the most balanced person in the world, but who is? Even advanced yogis can have off days when their balance isn’t all there. My best advice? Get on a board. Try it out. It’s best to try on your knees first (or even just sit) and don’t even think about standing up until you feel ready. While all paddle boards are different, ISLE inflatable paddle boards are amazing for SUP yoga. The length and width of your paddle board will determine how stable your paddle board will be. Give yourself time to adjust and feel the board moving under you. Also, move with your board as opposed to against it. And, take your time. The slower and more mindful you move, the happier and more balanced you will feel, I promise!
2) I don’t want to fall inWhat?!?! You’re interested in participating in a water sport, but are afraid of falling in? Get rid of that worry! Walk in the water before class, go for a swim, get wet. It’s fun to fall in. Let us repeat… it’s fun to fall in.
3) I don’t want to do downdog in a bathing suitThe thought of putting your bathing suit booty in the air is terrifying. I get it. That's why I recommend wearing water resistant workout clothing instead of your yellow polka dot bikini. Good tops:
- Sports bras
- Halter style bathing suits
- Workout (dri-fit) tanks or tees
- Running shorts with built-in liner
- Spandex shorts
- Capri leggings