Sun, SUP, and Yoga

Sun! Not only sun, but WARM sun! Today was the perfect day for a trip to the water for some vitamin D, a little sprint training (another post for another day), and a little yoga/stretching. This was only my second time out on my new race board, and it introduced me to all kinds of new balance muscles I have apparently been neglecting.

Both stand up paddling and yoga are great activities for improving balance. The muscles I use while stand up paddling have improved my balance in my yoga practice. Yoga has made stand up paddling seem a lot easier, especially on my narrow board. They are both fun (in my humble opinion) and complimentary to the other, so why not practice them together?

Yoga on a paddleboard can be as easy as sitting/laying on the board and breathing, all the way to partner balance inversions. I have seen really talented yogis doing all kinds of crazy balance poses on a paddleboard. Just Google it and be amazed! I can only hope to be as strong and flexible as those people, but in reality, I won’t put forth the time until our kids are older. What’s great is that you don’t have to be a yogi to enjoy yoga on a paddleboard! There are so many beginner friendly poses that build strength and flexibility, poses that improve balance, and poses that are great for relaxing and enjoying your surroundings.

Stay tuned for my post on beginner friendly yoga poses that are easy for anyone to try on a stand up paddleboard. Until then, get out enjoy the beautiful spring weather!

Warrior II  - Virabhadrasana II

Warrior II – Virabhadrasana II

Three Legged Downward Dog

Three Legged Downward Dog

Radiant Warrior

Radiant Warrior

Warrior II  - Virabhadrasana II

Warrior II – Virabhadrasana II

Low Plank

Low Plank

Half Split - Ardha Hanamanasana

Half Split – Ardha Hanamanasana

Half Lord of the Fishes - ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna

Half Lord of the Fishes – ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna

Pigeon Pose (variation)

Pigeon Pose (variation)

On the way to Up Dog

On the way to Up Dog

Child's Pose (Balasana) A wonderful resting/restorative pose.

Child’s Pose (Balasana) A wonderful resting/restorative pose.