Top 5 Yoga Poses to Try on a Paddleboard
1. Downward dog: Trying downward dog SUP-style invites a fresh feeling into this classic posture. Your hands and feet will work together to calibrate and balance, as you feel the shifting energy between the water and your board beneath you. The warm sun on your back and the aquatic ambience doesn’t hurt, either. I especially love spreading my fingers wide across my cork yoga mat, while my calves lengthen and my heels head for grounding. The Yoloha cork top on the Evolve paddleboard becomes grippier when wet, acting like the perfect yoga mat. Your heart will melt even further towards the board as your chest and back lengthen.
2. Chakrasana (Wheel Pose): If you know how opening and energetic this pose can feel in a studio, it becomes even more freeing on a paddleboard. Balance, back strengthening, and an open-heart make this posture a must when you take your yoga to SUP. For beginning yogis or paddlers, you may choose a gentler option for this posture, such as setu bandhasana (bridge pose)
3. Lunge/Warrior I & II:
Each of these poses has something different to offer, and they all become uniquely challenging on a paddleboard. For some yogis, these postures become so comfortable and familiar that the mind wanders off. Trying lunges and warrior poses on a paddleboard is a humbling experience, because the added element of balance keeps you focused. Not to mention, you’ll fire up core and leg muscles you may have forgotten about
4. Extended side angle: Once again, the added challenge of balance makes this pose feel new. While it offers a chance to ground and redefine stability, you’re still creating a strong line of length through the side bodies. It doesn’t hurt to lift your heart and face to the sun here, either!
5. Headstand: For someone looking to take their practice to the next level, trying a headstand on a paddleboard can present a new and exciting challenge. Your presence of mind will be essential to finding the right amount of balance that makes this asana possible. The good thing about practicing a headstand on a paddleboard is that it doesn’t hurt if you tumble- you’ll just cool off!
After you’ve had fun playing around with poses SUP style, don’t forget to take some time in Savasana on you board. There is nothing more relaxing than sinking into your paddleboard, while your fingertips caress the water, and you listen to the sounds unfold all around you. Namaste!