by Nadia Bonenfant

SUP Yoga: 5 Easy Poses

Doing yoga on your paddle board, we've all thought about it. After trying it, we quickly realized that it might not be as easy as on dry land! Our SUP Yoga ambassador, Nadia Bonenfant from JUNA Yogapresents us with 5 of her favorite SUP yoga postures (psst, enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Magdalen Islands!).

Note: To be performed in a bathing suit or wetsuit! 

BEFORE STARTING

Because SUP yoga normally requires both hands to be free, what about the paddle? In order to keep it close to your body and to maintain it on the board, equip yourself with paddle straps. They will secure your paddle during your practice!

Also think about the best paddle board to practice the sport. In yoga, we focus on the stability of the board, by looking at its width among other things. Our favorite is without surprise our Awen 10'0 x 33'' or our Awen Air 10'0 x 34'', paddle board model specially designed for SUP yoga.

Since width = stability, here are other models, just as perfect for SUP yoga: Kanoa Air 9'6 x 35''Thuya Air 11'0 x 34'', Boréa Air 10'6 x 32''.

Finally, our inflatable paddle boards all have D-Rings to hang your anchor, in order to stay stable during your session (it's a must on the water if you don't want to get too far or be constantly leaning against the shore!)

The boat 

A position achievable for all levels, allowing you to work your abs, the bottom of your back and your shoulders. Great for stimulating blood circulation during colder periods or for working on the abdominal-pelvic area. Place yourself in the center of your board for a greater balance and keep your toes on the SUP if you are beginning to introduce this pose during practices.

Photo : Sophie Corriveau

The moon crescent & the eagle arms

A super position to work on your equilibrium center, a slight opening of the hips and stimulating the stabilizing muscles in the body. The eagle arms add a great value to the position by working on a deep stretch of the shoulders and shoulder blades. A great position after having paddled all day on your board.

Photo : Sophie Corriveau

The chair

An extremely stimulating posture for the stabilizing muscles of the body and the blood circulation. A posture to do before paddling that allows an alignment of the spine and to wake up the abdominal muscles.

(FRENCH ONLY)

Downward dog 

A great way to reinforce the wrists and shoulders for a season of paddling and yoga on the water. Also allows activation of the muscles at the bottom of the back and the thighs.

Caution: Do not let the bottom of your back go. Conserve the sternum to sacrum balance here or place your knees down on the board if the effort in terms of your arms and shoulders is too demanding. 

Photo : Sophie Corriveau

The chair with a twist

A more intermediate position, but that is still easily manageable on a paddleboard. Place your two feet at the width of your hips and on either side of the central handle. Take the chair position and contract your bellybutton towards your spine. Once stable, add the twist with your hands placed together and your elbow towards the exterior of the opposite knee. Remain centered in terms of the ankle – knees – hips relationship. Excellent for the digestive system, to stimulate the abdominals and the stabilizing muscles! Breathe deeply.

Photo : Sophie Corriveau

The hinge (a little bonus!)

Because we love our #TaigaTribe, here's a new one that you can try once you've mastered the first ones. This one is not very complicated, but it is still for intermediates. 

An interesting position, as we are working on the lateral side of the board! Come awaken your deep stability and stretch those intercostal muscles, while also allowing for deep breathing. Also works on the abdominal-pelvic area and stimulates the stabilizing muscles. 

(FRENCH ONLY) 

For more SUP Yoga positions, follow our ambassadors Nadia and Mylène from JUNA Yoga!

Namasté!