4. You’re forced to work on your weaknesses
Certain parts of your body may need more work than others when it comes to strength, tone, and flexibility. A SUP yoga session quickly highlights muscle groups that need attention. Yoga asanas you’re comfortable with on land will feel more challenging on the water. By trying a familiar flow on the water, you’ll quickly discover which specific muscles are not as strong as you’d like them to be for a given pose. This helps you understand where your weaknesses lie and what to work on to further your practice. SUP yoga is a more intense workout than yoga on the beach and if, for example, your core is weak, you’ll notice right away. You’ll quickly figure out which areas need to be improved when you’re practicing a position like the Tree Pose and you’re having a hard time staying upright!
5. It’s just as peaceful (if not more so) than practicing on the beach or in the studio
There is something about being on the water that provides a sense of peace and tranquility. While watching the water from the shores of the beach can have the same effect, feeling the gentle sway of the waves with the water all around takes it to another level. At the end of your practice, just as you would in the studio, lie on your board and practice Corpse Pose for as long as you can. Let your fingers trail into the water and close your eyes. Listen to the sound of the birds, the waves, and the gentle wind in the air while you slowly inhale and exhale. While not all parts of SUP yoga may be quite as relaxing, it’s all worth it for the tranquility of this moment.
Yoga on the Beach vs Yoga on a SUP Final ‘Pose’
SUP yoga is truly a fantastic way to take your beach yoga practice to the next level. If you’re serious about yoga, it certainly puts your skills to the test. From balance to strength, to flexibility and more, SUP yoga is an activity you should add to your practice this summer.