SUP Yoga for Strength and Balance

Seasonal Outdoor Activities — February 12, 2014 at 5:00 am

SUP Yoga for Strength and Balance

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Every yogi knows yoga differs on the board than on land. Staying balanced on uneven waters requires extra concentration, strength and balance. But thanks to nature and the stunning view, it’s easy to connect and unite the board, breath, body and background. Next time your looking for strength and balance, grab your SUP board find your saltwater Buddha.

Three-Legged Downdog3legdog-bent-kneeThis pose strengthens and lengthens the whole body, while deeply challenging the balance. Start on all fours, curl the toes underneath and lift your hips in the sky.  Slowly draw the feet toward and lift one foot in the sky and bend the knee at 90 degrees. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.

Upward Facing DogupdogThis pose strengthens the upper body while increasing spinal and chest flexibility. From down dog, move into a plank position and lower the hips toward the board. Inhale, lift the chest upward and release the shoulders away from the ears. Hold for 30 seconds.  

Runners Lungerunnerlunge-fishRunners lunge increases flexibility while allowing the body to transition to a high lunge. In a plank pose step your right foot forward and place the knee at 90 degrees. Hold for 30 seconds and transition to High lunge before switching sides.

High Lungerunnerlunge-fishThis pose challenges the balance and lengthens the hip flexor region. From runners lunge, lift the torso upright and raise arms overhead. Hold for 30 seconds and transition to runners lunge on the other side and repeat high lunge.

One-Legged Bridge Poseone-leggedbrdige-fishThis pose increases gluteal, low back and leg strength. Lie on your back and place hands by the side. Exhale, lift your hips and draw your feet together. Slowly, lift your right leg toward the sky. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.

Wheel Posewheel2-fishThis challenging backbend opens the chest, abdominal and hip flexor muscles. From bridge pose, lie on your back with your feet hip distance apart. Place your hands near your ears, elbows will point toward the sky. Exhale, slowly lift your hips toward the sky and hold for 30 seconds.