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Updated: 06/13/2014 08:00:01AM

Get up for SUP yoga

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sup fun • nicole miers-pandolfi

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What’SUP with SUP yoga? Let’s start with the basics. Yoga is a spiritual exercise practice that encourages connecting the breath with movement into poses, or asanas. Stretching the body slowly while breathing through poses enhances strength and flexibility. Focusing on slowing the breath relaxes the mind into a meditative and calm state. Yoga was traditionally practiced outdoors on uneven surfaces such as sand. Therefore, taking my paddleboard out and practicing yoga has always made sense to me — although heads turn when people see me practicing yoga on my paddleboard. It may look strange, but it works!

Enhancing your balance on a paddleboard is an obvious benefit to practicing yoga on the water. One of the perks to this activity is feeling more comfortable on a board after every practice. Coordination and balance are required to flow in and out of poses on a board. Moving on the board in this way can be a great asset to anyone looking into other sports on the board. These classes appeal to yoga students seeking an out of studio experience. SUP yoga also captures the attention of paddlers that are exploring new and dynamic ways to get on their boards.

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