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Yoga on a stand-up paddleboard may sound intimidating, but get out on the water and you will find it easier than imagined. Here are seven reasons why you should give it a try.

One of the first things I learned about yoga was how vital it is to feel the ground beneath your feet. So the first time I attempted a downward facing dog pose while teetering precariously on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), I was pretty sure I’d lost my mind.

Why the heck would someone practice yoga on the water? Well, let me tell you exactly why:…

 

emily_valentine_2010_5_sml I never thought I’d be bullied by a 65 yr old man with a toy airplane.

Over a month ago, I was teaching an all-levels Standup Paddleboard Yoga class at a community lake. The class began like all the others I’d been teaching for the last three years: I did a brief on land introduction to paddleboarding and how to access yoga poses while balancing on the water. Then we launched our boards and paddled for about 20 minutes to a secluded area in the southwestern part of the water. On the way we paddled past an empty swim beach (which opens at 10am, the same time my class ends) where 8 men, ranging in age from about 65 …

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One of the first things I learned about yoga was how vital it is to feel the ground beneath your feet.

So the first time I attempted a downward facing dog pose while teetering precariously on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP), I was pretty sure I’d lost my mind. Why the heck would someone practice yoga on the water?


7 Reasons to Find Your SUP Yoga Groove


1. Water rules

Water covers more than 70 percent of the surface of the earth, and up to 60 percent of our bodies are comprised of water, but about 64 percent of the population is afraid of open water.

As I moved painstakingly slowly into that first pose I quickly