Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Yoga Trend : Paddle Board Yoga

Now-a-days a new yoga trend is going on named as “Paddle Board Yoga”. Paddle Board Yoga is a fusion of yoga and surfing. It is performed in water on paddle boards. Yoga and SUP build endurance, balance, body strength and coordination. It is the best way to burn calories with the serenity of yoga and water. Paddle Board Yoga can be practiced on the beach sand or in a swimming pool to get strength and flexibility, needed to keep balance and postures on fluid water like the ocean or a lake.

Paddle Board Yoga is a fun and unique way to get in shape. It is becoming popular as celebrities like Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Anniston, Kate Hudson and Lance Armstrong are sampling the sport. In warm coastal climates and resorts, this yoga is very famous. It improves the yoga workout. It gives more core workout compared to gym as the board where you perform yoga is unsteady so to remain balanced on that you have to use muscles. Paddle board is the perfect non-slip yoga mat and added balance needed by being on the water strengthens the yoga routine.

Paddle board stability makes a wonderful platform to enjoy yoga in the peacefulness on the water with meditative nature of yoga. Practicing this yoga helps to develop balance, flexibility and strength whether you are a first-time paddler or seasoned athlete. Compared to traditional yoga, to practice this yoga more core strength, balance and steadiness of mind is required. There are many benefits of this yoga such as it helps to improve balance, overcome fears, connect with nature, mental focus, strengthen core, diversify the routine, etc.

Anybody can practice paddle board yoga and if a person is new to SUP, start to play around with the weight distribution in feet. Shift the weight of the body from one foot to another and let the board to rock slightly from side to side. The most excellent place to stand and balance (sweet spot) on the board is right around the handle of the board. Sitting and kneeling are the easiest poses to start. After that, you can shift to some symmetrical poses like downward dog, plank, camel pose and others. First of all try the yoga on land and then do it on the board. If you are not sure about practicing this yoga on your own, then there are many yoga SUP classes where you can learn.

To practice paddle yoga in sequence, sit around the ‘sweet spot’ and start practicing yoga with Virasana (hero’s pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), Sukhasana, Bhujangasana (cobra), Uurdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog), Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana (pigeon pose), Anjaneyasana (crescent lunge), Dhanurasana (bow pose), Forearm Plankheadstand Prep, Headstand, Balasana (child’s pose), Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (bridge pose) and Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle pose). To see all these ansanas in details, visit

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