SUP Yoga saves timeMost of us work 8 hours a day, commute, feed ourselves when we get home, bathe, sleep and ideally even find time to exercise and possibly relax. Personally, where I can kill 2 birds with 1 stone I do. I haven’t found a good way to eat in the shower yet but using physical exercise as a route to relaxation is totally doable. SUP yoga saves you time by allowing you to mix periods of paddling, asana practice (which is basically static strength training) and relaxation. The relaxation portion increases with time and comfort on the water. Both SUP and yoga are great core strengtheners. When I say core strength, I don’t mean strictly the abs. Both engage large portions of the musculature in your torso and involve complex, compound movements. Combine paddling, yoga and meditation for a powerful, time saving wellness triumvirate. Phew.
“You go on the board and experience nature, you feel more relaxed. This is especially true in Hamburg in the summertime, it’s a mini vacation.”
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YOU ARE THE ARCHITECT OF YOUR OWN HAPPINESS. ♡ EVERYONE ELSE IS JUST A VISITOR. ♡ PAVANA Guten Morgen meine Liebe, ja genau so ist. DU kreierst deine eigene „Happiness“, dein eigenes Leben. Niemand anderes als du selbst ist dafür verantwortlich, dass du glücklich bist. ♡ Was kannst du heute tun um glücklich zu sein? Was musst du loslassen, damit du glücklicher sein kannst? Was macht dich glücklich? Was fühlt sich gut an? Wann hast du automatisch ein Lächeln auf deinem Gesicht und bist in deinem „Flow“? Bei wem fühlst du dich wohl und so angenommen wie du bist? Wo fühlst du dich frei? Was gibt dir Energie? Tu mehr davon, denn du hast es so sehr verdient glücklich zu sein ♥️ Wir haben gestern unser 6. Ibiza.Yoga.Magic Retreat hier auf Ibiza begonnen. Mit einer wunderbaren Gruppe von Frauen, die alle gekommen sind um glücklich zu sein, um Ruhe zu finden und um tiefer zu gehen. 1 Woche mit Yoga, Meditation, gutem Essen und und den so wunderbaren Ibiza Vibes ♡ Ich freue mich so sehr auf die nächst Woche und was sie uns bringen wird. Wie ihr vielleicht in den Stories gesehen habt, ist meine Stimme verschwunden und ich hoffe, dass sie ganz bald zurück kommt ?✨ Danke an die liebe @jessicaziesmer die gerade alle Yogaklassen alleine unterrichtet ♥️ Life loves you, deine Nicole.
Don’t let instagram fool youIt’s not all back bends and bikinis even though instagram may tell you otherwise. Don’t let the pictures of precarious handstands put you off, there is a lot more to SUP yoga than crazy circus tricks. In fact, inversions don’t have to play a role in your practice at all and in all honesty they probably won’t. Once you step foot on deck and try out some simpler poses you’ll see pretty quickly that yoga is well within reach. Either your good judgement or your teacher’s will guide you to a flow that is right for your ability level.
“I think most people are super scared they can’t do it. Everyone sees pictures where people are in handstands and they think SUP yoga is not something they can do. Once they are on the board trying to balance and do simpler things they lose the fear of not being good enough.”
Practice regularlyTo gain the most from anything, regular practice is key. SUP yoga may be seasonal for most people but there is no reason to leave the activities entirely for summer. You can continue stand up paddle boarding in cold weather with a wetsuit. It goes without saying that yoga can be practised year around in your house or a studio. If you continue to build a base throughout the year in at least 1 of these things, putting them together will be much easier. Try to maintain at least weekly contact with yoga. Short sessions at home are still massively beneficial, just find a teacher you like online. Otherwise look for a studio in your area, if you’re in Hamburg we recommend looking up Nicole.
“Yoga is niche but it is also accessible.”
Start slowWhether you are a yogi taking it to the water or a total beginner, start slowly. Nicole recommends trying out a few poses on land if you have absolutely never done yoga before. Just a couple of minutes on the mat will help by giving you an idea of what to expect. Start with shorter classes in the 45 minute range. Longer classes are fine so long as any excess consists of paddling. If you do feel out of your depth on the water, just stand or lay until you feel at ease. Your confidence will build as you get used to having a board under foot.
“If you are really scared of even holding balance on the floor much less on a board, start outside on a mat and then transition to the board.”
Use the right board & gear
The boardThe board you use will have a huge impact on the quality of your SUP yoga session. Low volume boards made for racing and surf.ing will make life needlessly difficult. Choose a board with a wide enough deck to give you space, 30” at least. Wider, speciality yoga SUPs are available and if yoga will be the primary application of your SUP it makes sense to get one. Inflatable paddleboards are great for yoga, just make sure the traction pad has plenty of grip the same way you’d look for it in a mat.
What to wear for SUP yogaWear something stretchy that covers whatever you’d like to keep that way. Stand up paddling on it’s own is fine to do in a bikini and pretty low risk. But for most beginner yogis, the best policy is to make sure that any worry of staying clothed is not on your mind. SUP yoga isn’t the place for your Thai fisherman pants because in the event you need to swim, they’ll be cumbersome. Choose stretchy materials that stay close to the skin or else wear board shorts that allow you to move. Funny enough, most MMA stores will carry clothes that are as well suited to yoga as a fight cage.
Staying putA 2 kg folding anchor is easy to tuck in a cargo net. This will keep you from floating away and is even handy if you plan to practice in the pool.
Be prepared for a challengeNo matter what level your yoga practice, adding a SUP to the mix will make it more challenging. Strength, flexibility and balance are all put to the test on an unstable platform. It may surprise you that of these 3, Nicole thinks flexibility is actually the most difficult on a SUP. Everyone expects balance will be harder, but flexibility is tough because you can’t take props to a SUP class. This means students need to rely on their own reach in a compromised state of balance.
“SUP yoga is 3 to 4 times more intense.”
Don’t be afraid to fall inOne of the biggest fears newcomers have is falling in. There is no shame in this and it happens to most people at some point. What might surprise you is that it doesn’t always happen to beginners. Pick a nice day and wear clothes you don’t mind getting wet. If you prepare yourself for the possibility of taking a dip, it won’t be so scary if do.
“At the wanderlust event we partnered with Adidas in Hamburg and did a sup Yoga event. Only 2 people out of 30 fell in.”