5 Things to Know Before Your First SUP Yoga Class

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Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and yoga have both experienced increased popularity in recent years. Both improve your balance, core strength, and mindfulness. SUP yoga provides all the benefits of yoga while adding a different element to your practice. Here are 5 things to know before signing up for your first SUP yoga class!

SUP Yoga on the South Lagoon in Chicago

SUP Yoga on the South Lagoon in Chicago

  1. You Might Fall in the Water

    This is by far the most common question people ask me! Yes, you might fall in the water, but that’s part of the experience. It’s no different than falling out of a yoga pose on land. If you do fall in - just get back on the board! Who knows, your teacher might fall in, too!

  2. Wear Appropriate Clothing

    You might see Instagram pictures of yogis in their bikinis doing headstands and all kinds of poses. Don’t get me wrong, they look amazing, but you might want more coverage for poses such as Happy Baby. Good options are swim yoga pants, swim shorts, bikini top, sports bra, yoga top - anything that is water-resistant. Clothes you wear to hot yoga work nicely, too. Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses, or a hat so you can relax and enjoy the sun with no worries.

  3. Hydrate and Fuel

    Make sure to have a small snack before class and drink plenty of water. The sun is dehydrating and if this is your first SUP yoga class, motion sickness can be exacerbated by dehydration and an empty stomach. You’ll want the energy for class!

  4. Welcome Modifications

    SUP yoga is different that yoga on land. Simple poses may feel more challenging on a paddle board, such as crescent lunge. Modifications to these poses will be taught in class - welcome them.

  5. Relax

    SUP yoga is unique in that it connects you with so many elements of nature. Don’t forget to relax, breathe, thank yourself for trying something new! Breathe in the air, listen to the water, enjoy the surroundings and take a moment to really be present.

SUP yoga can be intimidating, but there is no need for anxiety! Think of SUP yoga as a new challenge that will enhance your yoga practice while having a little fun. Nature brings us back to our true selves, so why not relax, enjoy, and get a workout in the process.