If you’re anything like me and love yoga and also love to be on the water, well I have some good news for you! A few years ago, I began practicing paddleboard yoga because my regular land routine was becoming a bit stale. I’ll be honest, the beginning of this new adventure was quite a challenge. But this has shaped me into becoming an even better yogi. Here are some answers to the most common questions of beginners.
1. What do I wear? Do I need to bring anything?
Since this sport is in the water, you’ll want to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little wet. You can wear your regular yoga clothes or a swimsuit, whichever you feel more comfortable in. Bring sunscreen to protect your skin from sun damage. I suggest 45 SPF or above. If you want to wear sunglasses, by all means, bring those along as well! However, may I suggest investing in a cheap pair because you don’t want to lose your nice ones in the water. If your class ends in corpse pose, as most classes do, bringing along a small towel may be helpful to cover your eyes.
2. Will I fall into the water?
Honestly, yes, you probably will fall in the water during your first class. If you’re comfortable being around water and know how to swim, falling in shouldn’t frighten you. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how sturdy the paddleboard is underneath you. After just a few moments, you learn how to balance and shift your weight to keep yourself from falling.
3. Is it harder than yoga on land?
In a sense, yes; but, what makes it more difficult is how much more focused you need to be to keep yourself upright. Foot placement, movement of your limbs, and paying attention to your alignment are all increased when you’re floating on the water. If you’re already practicing yoga well on land, this shouldn’t be an issue.
4. Will it give me a good workout?
For the same reasons as above, yes, because you have to engage your core muscles more to keep your balance. You’ll also find after your first class some sore muscles that you didn’t know you had. This is all from your body’s natural intuition to keep you upright.
5. Do these classes only exist at resorts?
Nope! You can use this map to find classes nearest to you. Yes, they’re going to be more common in the warmer areas, but you’re more than likely going to find one in a reasonable distance from you.