SUP yoga is worth investigating if you love being on the water and are looking for a fun way to exercise and relax. SUP yoga can be a delightful way to experience nature and rejuvenate your yoga practice while maintaining a beginner’s mindset because it introduces new challenge to your yoga routine. Some poses are easier than others on a paddle board, and knowing a few helpful tips will set you up for greater success on your first outing.
What to Wear and Bring: You can wear usual yoga clothing or shorts that you don’t mind getting wet. If it’s a sunny day, don’t forget sunblock and a pair of sunglasses. A small towel would be useful to cover your eyes and block out the sun at the end of class in corpse pose.It is also helpful to have a board with soft, cushy deck padding that extends toward the nose and tail of the board. This will make holding poses more comfortable.
Paddle: Any SUP paddle will do; just make sure it’s properly sized for you. While you’re doing yoga, you can simply set the paddle down perpendicular to your board and near the nose. Or, with a coil leash, you can wrap the leash around your paddle a few times, then let it float behind you in the water. With a non-coil leash, tightly secure the hook-and-loop strap to the shaft. The leash will keep the paddle from getting away.
Personal Flotation Device (PFD): You’re required to have a PFD with you while you’re out on the water. It’s always a good idea to wear a PFD, but the Coast Guard only requires that adults have one on board (different rules apply to children so check your state’s laws about PFD use).
Personalized surf lessons, in-depth coaching, daily yoga lessons in the jungle shala, communal dinners and overall good times are waiting for you. You will be given a full schedule on arrival showing what yoga experiences are offered during your stay. It’s a great way to have fun and move our body at the same time. The purposely curated luxury yoga, surf and paddle retreats at Nirbana offer guests the chance to escape and relax while being perfectly located under 2km drive from the Indian Ocean, and some of the South Coast of Sri Lanka’s top swimming beaches and surf breaks and just 25 minutes from The World Heritage site of Galle Fort.