Julia Hofgartner (Yoga & Juliet) teaches yoga and SUP yoga classes in Vienna. She loves the water and being outside in the nature. In this article she talks about why everybody should try SUP yoga:
The first time I tried SUP Yoga was in Indonesia. I fell in love immediately, because my two passions yoga and water got together.
While talking to people about SUP yoga, you notice a certain respect. People think they are not able to do this and quite often the reaction is: “I can’t even stand on this thing; how should I be able to practice a yoga pose on it?” Actually it isn’t that difficult as it looks and the worst that could happen is a fresh cooling. There are 7 reasons why you should definitely try SUP yoga this summer!
You are forced to be present
Getting lost in your thoughts isn’t possible in a SUP yoga session. You are going to be present and completely in the moment, because you don’t want to fall off your board. Therefore you definitely will have to be more focused than during a normal yoga class.
You move outside in the fresh air and nature
One of my favorite reasons. Surrounded by the nature and a beautiful scenery yoga is a lot more fun. Furthermore you never know what’s expecting you. Perhaps you spot animals during your yoga lesson next to you, wind and waves surprise you or you find yourself right in the middle of a fantastic sunset. Every lesson is different and it´s always a new adventure.
Your balance will improve
This reason surprises you isn’t it? Maybe on your first yoga lesson on a SUP board it feels like you are completely unbalanced and you are only fighting with the gravity. But actually your balance will strongly improve after every session. Try a few balance positions on land afterwards and you will see it will work much better!
If you practice yoga for a quite long time it can happen that you are getting bored by some asanas. SUP yoga is going to give you new energy. Positions, which are extremely easy on land could be a new challenge on water.
Water is calming
Certainly you have been on the sea or lake once, looked on the water and felt how you got more and more relaxed. Water has a calming effect, which also affects you while doing SUP yoga. Maybe you don’t feel this during your lesson, but latest if you swing on some little waves during Savasana with the waves, you will notice.
Your core muscles get activated
Because of the steady attempt of your body to keep the balance your muscles are getting activated. Most sure you will get muscle aching on the next day from positions, which are normally no problem for you. So especially for your core muscles SUP yoga is a great training.
It´s a lot of fun
Last but not least the most important reason – SUP yoga definitely is a lot of fun. If one of the boards is shaking a little more, this releases a chain reaction and usually at least one of the SUP yogis drop into the water. There is no other yoga lesson where you will laugh more. This often results in new friendships between the yogis, because swimming together just pulls together.
SUP yoga in Vienna city
Did you get curious? Yoga & Juliet is offering SUP yoga lessons the whole summer at the Vienna City Beach Club on the old Donau every Saturday. You should check it out if you are around!
More about Yoga & Juliet: https://yogaandjuliet.com/
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