Stand up paddle board yoga or SUP Yoga has many physical and mental health benefits if practiced regularly.
Being outside in nature has lots of positive effects on your wellbeing. It can improve your mood and reduce feelings of stress or tension.
Just imagine, laying on your paddle board, the warmth of the sun on your skin, surrounded by bird song and the gentle rocking of the water beneath you... dreamy. But seriously, there‘s emerging research that shows a positive correlation between nature and mental health - with some doctors even going as far as prescribing outdoor activities as a form of therapy. The UK mental health charity Mind, gives a great overview of Ecotherapy and it’s benefits.
More specifically, being on, in or near blue spaces (rivers, lakes, sea) has also been proven to help people cope with mental ill health.
If you want to read more about the benefits of exercising on, in or near the water, check out Dr. Catherine Kelly’s book on Blue Spaces, how and why water can make you feel better. I gobbled this up in one evening after a friend recommended it to me.
Cold water has been proven to reduce inflammation in the physical body but also our response to stress. It does this by dampening our natural “fight or flight” response and enhances our relaxation response. This happens as our bodies and minds need adapt to become more resilient to the low temperature of the water and this resilience can be carried into our daily lives. So why not try dipping a finger or toe in during your savasana or going for a dip during or after your class?
Paddle boarding and yoga are both low impact forms of exercise. Doing these together, lets you explore your body’s full range of movement, gently improving your flexibility and mobility without placing too much stress on your joints. That‘s what makes it so great for beginners.
Being on the water means your body will be using all your muscles to keep you stable. Get ready to tone and sculpt you body from your head to your toes (literally).
You’ll also become more aware of what your body is doing and how it moves in space (prioprioception). This will help you improve your balance, coordination and stability on the water but also refine your balance on land. It’s also a great way of testing your concentration. It‘s surprising how easy people zone in when they‘re trying not to fall off the board!
SUP Yoga can also help build your confidence with moving around a paddle board, you’ll soon be standing and doing those step back turns with ease!
Like any exercise, moving your body will get your heart pumping and the blood flowing around your body. Focusing on breathing more deeply during SUP Yoga will elevate the oxygen levels in your blood and help you feel more energised.
Breathing and stretching can also be used to release tension helping you to relax at the start and end of the class.
The most important benefit - it’s so much fun! Giggles are guaranteed - this itself will release endorphins, protect your heart, relieve stress and relax the body.
So there you have it - the many benefits of SUP Yoga. It really is an all rounder for a healthier and happier you.
If you fancy giving it a go, book here or if you have any questions please get in touch!