SUP yoga

A new craze and a new challenge has swept through the country recently; stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) yoga! And I had to try it.

I have done a little bit of yoga and pilates before. In addition, in the past I have paddle boarded. So the two mixed, sounded perfect to me.

I did wonder how the whole thing would be done but it was beautify organised and well thought out. We kitted up and grabbed a paddle and a board, off we went. We paddled to a location in Salford Quays where rope lines were already there for us to clip our boards to so we weren’t floating around the lock.

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At first paddling on the canal was a little different to the sea, making me nervous as I really didn’t fancy falling in ‘lovely’ canal water. However, being that tense then helped my core muscles even more!

First, we warmed up and go to it. I am not overly familiar with yoga positions but it seemed to get more complex and difficult as the class went on. The stretches I had found easy to moderate on a hard surface became hard to difficult on the water and made everything seem new again.

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I found a few things harder than others for example the head stands and a few balancing positions on my hands. It became more amusing with people falling in, making me try harder not to do so myself.

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The breathing techniques and meditation aspects of the class was excellent on the water, and I felt myself drift off with the water flapping against the board.

The class was a good length of time (nearly an hour) however time flew by as I was too busy concentrating and enjoying myself.

The coach, Magda Bajer and her company Love & do yoga in North West England specialises in SUP yoga, she performed a brilliant class and I will definitely be attending another very soon.

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I would recommend SUP yoga in a heart beat,and not just for the challenge but for many reasons; 

  • It will greatly improve your yoga technique: for example in downward dog, if you are weighted to one side, you will soon know about it.
  • It is more calming: preforming yoga on water can help create the sensation of floating and calming your body.
  • It feels very empowering: been stood on a paddle board is the closest to walking on water and gives you a new perspective of the water.
  • Its fun: having exercise that is fun and exciting gives you motivation and happiness.
  • Its a little scary: with the possibility of falling in the water keeps you constantly focused during the whole workout.
  • And: IT’S BEAUTIFUL! Breathing in the fresh air, soaking some rays and the natural landscape, it sure beats the gym!

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