SUP Yoga

Definition - What does SUP Yoga mean?

SUP (stand-up paddleboard) yoga, combines yoga poses with a variation of stand-up paddleboard surfing. The sport incorporates hatha and vinyasa poses on a 10 to 12-foot paddleboard. It is practiced on a calm body of water such as a lake, bay or slow river.

The practice may require different alignments than on solid earth because the board is continually moving. The yogi must make small adjustments in body position and weight distribution to counterbalance the movements of the board.

Yogapedia explains SUP Yoga

SUP yoga unites the sport of stand-up paddleboarding, which originated in Hawaii in the 1940s, with the ancient practice of yoga, which has its roots in India. In the short time SUP yoga has existed, it has grown to include devotees worldwide.

Practicing yoga on a surface that is moving – like the paddleboard – engages the core muscles and strengthens other muscles which wouldn't otherwise be used in earth-bound practice. SUP yoga also requires intense focus because transitioning between poses requires concentration to keep the board steady.

Common asanas included in SUP yoga practice are downward-facing dog, the cat-cow combination, child’s pose and corpse pose. Skilled yogis may attempt challenging standing asanas such as tree pose and warrior one.

A unique benefit of this style of yoga, as compared with traditional types of yoga, is refinement of one's technique because slight misalignments result in a dip in the water.

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