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Why You Should Try Stand-Up Paddle Board Yoga

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Do you like to do yoga every morning? Do you love to go paddle boarding on the weekends? Why not combine the two?

If you’ve never heard of practicing yoga on a stand-up paddle board, you might think the notion is a little unhinged. How are you supposed to balance on a small board and contort your body in poses simultaneously? Trust us, it’s possible and the most fun you might have in a long time. Are you not convinced yet? Here is why you should try stand-up paddle board yoga.

Enhance Your Yoga Practice With Nature

Yoga is a body and mind practice that aims to still your mind and relax your body. Nature plays an integral part in this because studies show that being in nature lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, improves mood, and much more. Practicing an exercise, like yoga, that embodies relaxation and reducing stress combined with nature enhances the entire exercise.

Improve Your Balance and Technique

Exercising and building your craft in a sport requires practice to see improvement. Without improvement, we remain stagnant in our progress. Challenging your yoga technique on a smaller board in an unstable environment can help improve your yoga and paddle boarding skills.

Experiment With New Poses

Is there a yoga pose you’re too afraid to try, like the handstand scorpion? Performing your yoga on the water allows you to experiment with new and more difficult poses because the water is there to break your fall. Instead of landing on a hard floor that could be painful, you will land in water, which is more forgiving. Try out those poses you’ve always wanted to experiment with!

Encourage Your Self-Awareness and Mindfulness

Another attribute of yoga is unifying your mind, body, and spirit for better self-awareness and mindfulness. Yoga wouldn’t be yoga if you’re not becoming self-aware or mindful during your exercises. Practicing on a blow-up paddle board encourages, or rather forces, you to become more self-aware because one misplacement of your foot could have you tumbling into the water. Therefore, you will work harder to be more aware of your surroundings.

It’s Beginner-Friendly

You might think the above reasons why you should try stand-up paddle board yoga are too tricky for a novice like you, or it’s only for expert yogis. That statement couldn’t be further from the truth. Both sports are very beginner-friendly and perfect to combine for the ultimate exercise. If you’ve never tried either of these sports before, don’t let the sound of it intimidate you!

What do you think? Are you ready to try your yoga poses on a stand-up paddle board? Consider trying this activity when the weather permits. You might find yourself enjoying this new exercise!

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About the author: Julian Kidd
I have been an avid stand up paddle boarder since 2009. I retired from a decade of professional kiteboarding to focus on SUP. Green Water Sports grew from this love of all things SUP. As well as being a keen paddle boarder, I'm a football fan, closet petrol head, web tinkerer, husband and father.