By Daniel Dominguez
MBAC SUPYoga and ARC Yoga Instructor.
“Doing yoga on a paddle board? That’s crazy!” – This is the typical response I hear when people first learn about Stand-Up Paddle Yoga (SUPYoga). The main reason behind SUPYoga’s popularity is that it gives you the chance to take care of your body and mind while immersed in a natural, open environment.
Performing yoga on the water enhances the yoga workout. In SUPYoga, the effort put into the poses is intensified by requiring you to engage the core muscles in each pose in order to stay balanced on the board. In addition to the workout component, the practice of yoga while floating on the water induces the practitioner to stay focused and helps to achieve the peacefulness needed for a “work-in” (the essential meditative component of yoga). In the end, the relaxation you achieve while floating on the water is priceless!
There are many advantages to taking your yoga sessions outdoors at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center. Enjoying the ocean breeze is a refreshing alternative to an indoor classroom. When it comes to music, SUPYoga teachers do not need to worry about selecting the right sounds to accompany their class. Nature provides the sound of the water waves bumping against the board, the wind whistling, the occasional seagull singing, or the splash of fish jumping out of the water next to the boards. The experience is incomparable!
SUPYoga classes are open to everyone. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Since this yoga practice is a completely different experience, all classes start from the basics. You will learn how to find balance in the poses and eventually progress into more advanced/challenging positions as skills and confidence are developed.
Come and enjoy nature while practicing yoga. We are in San Diego after all… So why stay indoors?