SUP yoga is a popular yoga-fitness fusion involving practicing a yoga routine on a paddleboard while floating on water. SUP Yoga is rising in popularity for many reasons, but most people enjoy the added challenge and for the beautiful, peaceful natural scenery. Here are some of the top paddleboard yoga poses you should try if you are interested in SUP. Whether you consider yourself an experienced yogi or a beginner, these poses are perfect for all skill levels.
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Tree Pose (Vriksasana): The paddle may be used in standing poses like Tree Pose to assist with balance and make this challenging pose more accessible. Start in a standing position, place your left foot toward the center of the board, and turn it out to the side. Use the paddle handle like a complement to the standing foot, simulating two feet down on the board. Extend your left hand out to the left like a wing on a plane and slowly lift the right heel or the entire foot, pressing down into the standing foot and paddle handle and pressing together foot and shin. Hold for one full breath or several.
Chair Pose (Utkatasana): Use your paddle to keep arms level, and hold it with both hands, parallel to the water. Inhale, lift the paddle overhead, exhale, and bend your knees, keeping the arms extended. Keep feeling the heels and toes on the board.
Forward Bend (Uttanasana): Inhale in Utkatasana, and exhale fold forward, taking the extended arms toward the board. Place your paddle on the board, and your hands on either the board or your shins. Roll your shoulders away from your ears, inhale, and extend the spine forward with your back parallel to the board.
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