8 Tips for SUP Yoga First-Timers

SUP Yoga is rejuvenating, strengthening, promotes better balance and focus, all while attaining a Free State of Mind. Listed below are 8 Tips for SUP Yoga First-Timers visiting Free State of Mind SUP Yoga!

Stand-up paddleboarding and yoga have more in common than you may think. Both practices are rejuvenating, strengthening, promote better balance and focus, all while attaining a Free State of Mind. The combination of practices originated in Hawaii less than 10 years ago and has become an increasingly popular form of yoga; it is a fun way to enjoy the love of water and yoga. This is a BRAND-NEW style of yoga to the Lawrence, Kansas Area and if it’s your first time, here are 8 tips to get you started.

1)What to Wear | Avoid cotton. It’s best to wear clothing you don’t mind getting wet. Water-safe shoes are highly recommended for navigating the rocky shore and a hat and cheap sunglasses to shield the sun. The most common clothing choices are yoga gear, swimsuits, board shorts or a bikini-all are acceptable. We will be releasing “Board with Yoga” gear in the upcoming months.

2)DISCONNECT with your Phone| This important disconnect will assist in connecting with nature and the practice. Leave the picture taking up to your SUP Yoga Instructor, we are equipped with waterproof cameras to capture your experience. All session pictures will be uploaded to our Yoga Business blog within 24 hours of each session. 

3)Face the Fear of Falling | The fear of falling in the water gives you the kick of adrenaline for attaining control & focus in your practice. On the flip side, WHEN you feel yourself falling in push your feet and body away from the board to avoid colliding with your board. Climb back onto your board & laugh it off in peace, because we all fall in.

4)Apply Sunscreen | At least 15 minutes before class, liberally apply water-resistant sunscreen to all areas of skin that will be exposed. Nothing will ruin your experience like a sunburn.

5)Bring Water | It’s important to stay hydrated throughout the entire practice. Don’t forget to bring water. 

6)Find the Sweet Spot | This is the area over the handle, in the center of the board. It is the widest, most stable part of the board and is the place you stand while paddling and your center in each yoga posture. 

7)Slow Down & Modify | Allow time for a slower transition between poses. The unstable surface ignites the tiniest muscles in the body, honor your body and board for where they are and modify poses and move slow. 

8) Where You Look is Important | It’s instinctual to look at your board or feet when feeling unsteady in standing postures. To maintain your balance while transitioning between poses keep your gaze on the horizon. 

Our mission is to guide those who want to take their yoga & meditation practice to the water, connect with nature, and ultimately attain a “Free State of Mind. Without a doubt, knowing these tips in advance will improve your class experience and guide you in becoming an experienced SUP Yogi.

Socialize with us on Facebook, Instagram, & Youtube! Book SUP Yoga Classes HERE!

I hope you enjoyed 8 Tips for SUP Yoga First-Timers. See YOU on the Water!

Krystal

OPENING 05.02.20 | Experience The ONLY SUP Yoga in LFK

PINK MOON 4.7.2020 Lone Star Lake

May 2020 Schedule*

Tuesday

7:30 PM Illuminated Moonrise SUP Yoga

Thursday

5:30 PM Sun SUP Yoga

7:30 PM Illuminated Moonrise SUP Yoga

Saturday

6:30 AM Illuminated Sunrise SUP Yoga

8:30 AM Sun SUP Yoga

*A new schedule will be released each month

20 % OFF ALL CLASSES

through May 5th.

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8 Reasons to Practice SUP Yoga

Doing yoga on the water brings an unsteady surface dimension to an otherwise earth-bound practice, building all-around better stamina! Listed below are 8 More Reasons to practice SUP Yoga!

1- Better Balance| Doing yoga on the water brings an unsteady surface dimension to an otherwise earth-bound practice. Flowing through asana (movement) on a SUP yoga board ignites core muscles, strengthens & stabilizes all muscle groups; achieving better balance. 

2-Burn More Calories| Engaging in physical activity while on an unsteady surface promotes “muscle confusion” which helps your body burn more calories.

3-Refine Mat Practice | Your board will guide you to your center in each pose, working the “confused muscles;” refining your mat practice. 

4-Better Focus| The fear of falling in the water gives you the kick of adrenaline for attaining control & focus in your practice. On the flip side, WHEN you fall in, you get back on your board & laugh it off in peace.

5- Nature-Guided Breath Work| Hearing the gentle sound of the water lapping on the side of the board brings you into full awareness of your surroundings, immolating the sound with ujjayi pranayama (ocean breath) is easier to attain. 

6- Laughing Yoga | My philosophy is that it is a bonus if you lose balance and fall overboard. SUP Yoga has been my favorite way of finding humility within yoga, adding laughter without hesitation in my practice. Falling is part of the experience and there is a freedom in fully embracing this, letting go of expectations, judgement & letting it be, as is! I find it a great metaphor for life too. We all experience a fall- physically, mentally or emotionally; we get back up, adapt, smile, & try again! 

7-It’s as Fun as it Looks | Every Sunrise and Moonrise brings an array of colors to the sky and the unpredictability of nature gives the studio a new look each time. You will leave your board feeling connected, rejuvenated, & with a Free State of Mind.

8-Social Distancing Approved | You can practice yoga with others safely!  SUP Yoga falls under the health and wellness category classified under the regulations of the pandemic. Our custom designed studio anchor systems will keep you away from the other practitioners, allowing freedom for flowing and distance to maintain your health.

See you the water!

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I hope you enjoyed 8 Reasons to Practice SUP Yoga. Join me weekly for a new Yoga Business Blog Post!

Krystal

What’s SUP Yoga?

SUP Yoga or Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga, originating in Hawaii, is the combined practice of yoga and stand-up paddleboarding.

In Lawrence, KS we enjoy SUP yoga by paddling to a quiet spot on the lake, anchoring boards, and practicing yoga with a variety of poses – ending with our hands dangling in the water for savasana (resting pose).

Yoga on the Lake in Lawrence, KS?

Doing yoga on the water brings an unsteady surface to an otherwise earth-bound practice. Flowing through asana (movement) on a SUP yoga board, ignites core muscles, strengthens & stabilizes all muscle groups, achieving better balance. 

What if I fall in the water? 

In my opinion, it is a bonus if you lose balance and fall overboard. SUP Yoga has been my favorite way of finding humility within yoga, adding laughter without hesitation in my practice- such as life! Falling is part of the experience and there is freedom in fully embracing this, letting go of expectations, judgment & letting it be, as is! I find it a great metaphor for life too. We all experience a fall, physically, mentally, or emotionally; we get back up, adapt, smile, & try again! 

What to Expect in Free State of Mind SUP Yoga Classes

Students will enjoy paddling to a quiet spot on the lake, anchoring their board, and beginning their floating yoga session with Pranayama (breath). Every class is uniquely different with stretch, spinal balance, and a variety of yoga poses ending with your hands dangling in the water in Savasana (resting pose). Our Sunrise and Moonrise classes are practiced over illuminated boards, your choice of color from the chakra system (ROYGBIV). Our New Moon and Full Moon Live Percussion Yoga Events are to give reverence to all that bring ambiance to our SUP Yoga Studio. 

We offer Sunrise, Sun, & Moonrise SUP Yoga classes, Family SUP, Private, Group, Scouts, Kid’s Camps, & Corporate Events, Workplace Yoga, Pop-Up Yoga at local businesses, cOMmUNINY Yoga, The Yoga Membership, FREE Online Yoga & SUP Yoga Teacher Training

Our mission is to guide those who want to take their yoga & meditation practice to the water, connect with nature, and ultimately attain a “Free State of Mind.” 

Socialize with us on Facebook, Instagram & YouTube!

Book SUP Yoga Sessions Here

See you on the water!

Krystal Denham

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