Beginner SUP Yoga Flow
SUP Yoga offers a totally new perspective on the basic Sun Salutation Poses. If you are new to Yoga or even a longtime practitioner, SUP Yoga makes you focus in new ways. Yoga is linking Mind, Body and Breath through Asanas. When you are on a paddle board, you have to be way more mindful of where your body is in relationship to your weight on the board. Because of the floating sensation on the water, you have to focus your gaze intently on the horizon to get a steady point to help maintain balance.
Basic Sun Salutation. (Surya Namaskar A)
Start at the front of your board in Tadasana or Mountain Pose.
Do three full rounds of Surya Namaskar A then add Warrior One
for Surya Namaskar B. Both Sides Twice.
Once warmed up, come into seated poses to open up the hips and finish with the most important pose, Shavasana!
To perform Shavasana, lie on the back with the legs spread as wide as the board and arms relaxed to the side and fingertips in the water. The eyes are closed and the breath is deep with the use deergha (long) pranayama. The whole body is relaxed on the board with an awareness of the chest and abdomen rising and falling with each breath. During Shavasana, all parts of the body are scanned for muscular tension of any kind. Any muscular tension the body finds is consciously released as it is found. All control of the breath, the mind, and the body is then released for the duration of the asana, typically 10–20 minutes.
The asana is released by slowly deepening the breath, flexing the fingers and toes, reaching the arms above the head, stretching the whole body, and exhaling while bringing the knees to the chest and rolling up to seated meditation position.
-Trinity Wall, Hala Gear Athlete