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5 Reasons To Try SUP Yoga

We have about a month left of summer (sniff…) and I don’t know about you, but I plan on spending as much time outside as possible! I love to take my workouts outside, use the BBQ more, and enjoy as many iced beverages as possible. I am not ready for this season to come to an end!  

SUP Yoga is the perfect way to combine an amazing outdoor workout with the beauty of summer. Not only is it a great workout, but you also get to be on the water! Not to mention that if it is a HOT day, you can take a quick dip after class ๐Ÿ™‚

I recently attended my first ever SUP Yoga class and it was such an amazing experience. I found Azul SUP & Yoga thru Instagram & it was also recommended by my friend Carleeh who had taken some classes there before. After just one class, I can’t wait to do it again!! I was such a wonderful experience. Not only was it a good workout, it was also rejuvenating, calming and so much fun. 11800341_929586323765429_3538584027792107561_nIMG_5159

Ever thought about trying SUP Yoga?
Here are 5 reasons why you MUST! 

1) All levels are welcome

Are you new to yoga? That is okay! Both newbies and advanced yoga practitioners can do SUP Yoga. There are lots of different pose variations so you don’t have to be a self proclaimed ‘yogi’ to try a class! 

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I wasn’t brave enough to try handstand (i’m in the blue)

2) It’s a better workout

Because you are paddle board in the water, the element of balance is added making it a better workout! It requires you to engage your core much more because you are on an unstable surface. This causes you to have to work harder and get a more intense workout. 
It also helps to improve your technique and poses because if you place more weight on the right side of your body, the board will tell you! Proper technique is important in any workout and the board is a great tool to help make sure you’re form is correct.10987334_929584043765657_7541739083961293288_o

3) It’s beautiful

Yoga is a relaxing and reflective workout. Add beautiful scenery to that and it takes it to a whole other level! SUP Yoga is a beautiful workout with the added calming affect of being on water. The beauty of nature added to an amazing workout beats ANY gym, studio or other class out there.11796357_929583830432345_4493214067667122167_n

4) Tons of fun

 You can’t take this class at a gym, you must be on a board on a body of water somewhere! Because SUP Yoga  is so unique, it adds a huge element of fun to your workout, and working out should be FUN! This helps you stay engaged and not get bored and gets you in better shape by working new/different muscles.11828809_929586133765448_3167103384095635753_n

5) It’s a little scary! (in a good way)

 Don’t fall in! Just kidding. The sooner you conquer you fear of falling in, the easier it will be for you to succeed. Besides, what harm is getting wet gonna do?  If you do fall, you just get back up and try again. This class reenforces that important principle which is an added bonus. 
Plus, the possibility of falling actually helps you focus on yourself and the poses, so you can execute things you may not be able to in a normal yoga class.11728988_929583953765666_6818480845508266344_o


So, are you convinced?! Here’s how you can get in a SUP Yoga class before the end of summer. If you are in the Seattle area, I’ve got you COVERED (read below)!!! If not, you can look up classes in your area by searching “SUP Yoga + your city” on the internet to find who offers it.  ๐Ÿ˜€11202876_929586367098758_1650494433675445628_o

Seattle SUP Yoga

Right now there are classes thru Azul Sup & Yoga until the end of September. If you want to get into a class, I recommend reserving ASAP. The classes fill up quick. Georgina, the instructor (pictured below), is amazing. She is one of the best yoga instructors I have had. Check out class schedule HERE11230657_929584257098969_1010346118306181356_n
I am definitely gonna get to another class before the end of summer! It is north of Seattle, but believe me when I say it is worth the drive. The classes are small, there are plenty of modifications and options available for all levels, and the lake is so calm. The boards are also great quality & come included with the class. This may not seem like a big deal, but the board can make or break your SUP Yoga experience. I definitely recommend you check out Azul Sup & Yoga, they definitely do NOT disappoint! 

Let’s chat:
Have you tried SUP Yoga? What is your favorite summer workout?

XOXO
Stay Sweet!!
Sarah

My UV Half Buff [Review & Discount code]

Disclaimer: I received a UV Half Buff to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews!

As many of you may know, I am currently training for a half marathon. That means I’m doing a lot of running ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s been a super hot summer up here in the PNW and I’m not complaining! While I love the heat, it does mean there is a lot more sweat and more accessories needed to protect you from the sun.

This is where my awesome new UV Half Buff comes in. 

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Testing this Half Buff has been such an awesome addition to my training this summer! I have used it on almost all of my training runs since I got it and not only does it wick away the sweat, this one has UV protection so my fair skin and scalp don’t get sunburned! IMG_5178

I’ve used it as a headband

wore it around my wrist to wipe sweat

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wore it underneath my visor to protect my scalp and soak up sweatIMG_5023

used it to create some cool running hair-dos  

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(my ponytail is flipped underneath the Buff, no hair-tie required!)

and even used it in an ’emergency situation’ to prevent chaffing on my leg during a runIMG_4766

As you can see, this baby is versatile! The other thing I loooooove is it does NOT give me a headache. Many other headbands or head accessories give me headaches after wearing them for a longer period of time. Not my Buff! It also dries extremely quickly which is a huge plus. 

I also took my UV Half Buff to my first bikram yoga class. The room is 105 degrees, so the sweat is pouring. I had my Buff on my wrist to wipe off sweat and it worked great. 

You can use it for yoga, running, hiking, biking and almost any other physical activity. They come in tons of fun colors and patterns as well as a few featuring certain U.S. states. I have the Washington one, which features beautiful Mt. Rainer, and I would like to buy this fuchsia pink one because I love pink! IMG_4332

The Half Buff is not only functional, it’s also a fun and fashionable accessory that makes your workout that much more fun and exciting. I truly believe that if you like what you are wearing when you workout, you workout harder! Overall I love the UV Half Buff and I look forward to using it more in the future. 

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If you want to check out the Buffs, be sure to use this discount code BIBRAVE10 for 10% off anything on their website! 

Let’s chat:
Do you wear a headband when you run or workout?
Have you ever tried a Buff?
(let me know in comments, click up top underneath title where it says ‘comment’)

below I have more info on the Buff for you along with a few other reviews from other Pros if you wish to check them out ๐Ÿ™‚ enjoy!

XOXO
Stay Sweaty & have an awesome weekend!
Sarah


What other BibRavePros think: 
Rachel // Caroline // Amy // Jeremy

More info on the Buff- 
Half the length of original UV BUFFยฎ headwear, the UV Half BUFFยฎ option offers efficient thermal properties, built-in sun protection and moisture management. Itโ€™s a versatile, go anywhere piece wearable at least nine different ways. 

  • Blocks 95% of UV rays*
  • Exceptional Moisture-wicking with its 4-channel fibers
  • Soft, breathable Coolmax Extreme fabric
  • Cool in the summer, extra layer of warmth in the winter
  • Polygiene Active Odor Control
  • Quick drying