Yoga improves cardiovascular fitness and flexibility – it’s also a fantastic way to fight the stress that comes with September chaos, especially when you take it out of the studio.
What is Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga?
Yoga is generally practiced in a warm studio (and hot yoga is practiced in 42 degree heat). Stand up paddleboard yoga is one variation of this traditional practice. Yoga moves are performed on an oversized, flat paddleboard that is anchored to a lake or pool bottom. Paddleboard yoga has the same moves as studio yoga, but now you have to stay afloat.
Why We Recommend It
The extra balance and stability means using different muscles which means a better core workout.
While some might be apprehensive about doing yoga moves on water, keep in mind that yoga is all about connecting with nature; falling in is part of the fun. That being said, the paddleboards are very stable and only about five per cent of students fall in during a class.
The instructors also give the option of doing the yoga moves at different levels. If you aren’t confident enough to perform a move, an easier alternative is given.
Photo courtesy of SurfSUP Calgary
Where To Try It
Family business the SurfSUP offers stand up paddleboard yoga on the lake in Chestermere from May to the end of September. While the company has only operated outdoors in the past, they’ve been approached by a few Calgary pools and hope that this year, students will be able to practice all year at indoor pools.
Make a Note
Be sure to arrive for class well hydrated. It’s hard to keep a water bottle on board with you. All lake practices take place earlier in the morning. There is less boat traffic so the water is calm and the water is still a comfortable temperature.
SurfsSUP classes fill up every weekend so interested students should call ahead of time and book earlier in the week. If students have their own paddleboard, they can practice SurfSUP yoga at half price.