SUP Yoga at Ocean Walker Academy

SUP Yoga is the perfect way to unwind after a busy week, getting out on the water in nature, breathing in the fresh air and gently stretching to relax the entire being……body and mind. Plus it is fun, a new activity to try and a great way to make new friends!

SUP Yoga is thought to of originated in Hawaii and blends the ancient practice of traditional yoga with being out on the water on a paddleboard. It is a fun way to try something new, if you are new to yoga, sup or both it doesn’t matter! Also if you have a regular land based yoga practice SUP yoga offers a new level of excitement and challenge to your practice and can also enhance your yoga on the mat.

What does a SUP Yoga class look like?

After a quick lakeside chat we take to the water and make a short, mindful paddle to our sheltered anchoring point. Anchoring means that you can relax and enjoy the session without having to think about controlling the board.

We begin seated or laying down and relax into the beautiful environment with breathwork also known as pranayama. Gentle movement to stretch away any tension begins laying down or seated, working up to hands and knees, kneeling and maybe, eventually, standing (all classes are suitable for all levels and standing is not required). Mindful yoga flows warm the body before relaxing back during savasana, floating on the water of the beautiful crystal lake.

What are the benefits of SUP Yoga?

  • Builds strength and core strength in particular
  • Improves balance and stability
  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Builds a connection with nature by practicing in the great outdoors
  • Clears and focuses the mind
  • Promotes relaxation and improves mood
  • Builds self confidence

I am in! What should I wear?

Quick dry gym clothing such as leggings and tops make great SUP yoga wear. Modest swim wear or swimwear with a rash vest over the top is another option. Wetsuits can be difficult to move comfortably in however if that is what you would like to wear that is fine too 😊 I personally like to go barefoot and find this is easiest for moving through postures. Whatever you decide on I would recommend layers as you never know what our great British weather has in store! A towel and a change of clothes for after the class is a must as well as is a bottle of water.

Want to give SUP Yoga a try? I would love to see you out on the water!

Join us on Friday evenings at 630pm! (June to September)