If I hear this from clients, I always advise taking your practice outside on a mat or a walk. But you can also go one step further, and take to the water, testing the boundaries of your comfort zone too. Stand-up paddleboarding became popular in the early 2000's, although has been practiced in similar forms for centuries, from ancient Polynesia to the gondolas of Venice, and more recently the beaches of Hawaii and California.
Yoga on a paddle-board is so much more than making shapes with your body, although that’s what draws our interest from beautiful photos. Your yoga practice starts the second you step onto the board, if you can tune into the sensation of your body adjusting to the movement of the water beneath. Here are three ways that SUP yoga can shake-up your yoga routine.
1) Open up to new sensations for familiar poses
2) Practice letting go of fear
On my first session I was a bit like the second person - I hated the idea of falling in even though I love swimming. Of course it’s not about getting wet - it’s about losing control for that split second and gravity taking over. Your time on a paddleboard can be a practice for getting comfortable with your vulnerability and letting go of the need to control what happens.