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 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 😀
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 HERE
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!
Have you tried SUP Yoga? What is your favorite summer workout?