SUP Yoga is difficult, at first. In the beginning you’re learning how to navigate the changes with your relationship to gravity. For the most part your interaction with gravity is consistent and somewhat fixed; you are standing on solid ground and a force is “pushing” down on and around you. In this “fixed” position you’re not battling movement underneath you.
SUP yoga changes all of that; you’re in a constant state of motion that you’re not in complete control of. Gravity is coming down at the same rate but your position is no longer fixed. At first, the body is not used to this and immediately enforces tension. Balance, however, requires a combination of both strength and relaxation.
The body is quick to adapt. Yoga poses introduce an element of challenge and foster a new understanding of yourself; you learn to feel your body in a different way. Deeper muscles get recruited and strengthened. An acute relationship to your body and your environment is established. The mind is required to focus which allows internal, mental chatter to settle. Yoga on the water facilitates an awareness that is refreshing and powerful. It can change the way you move through life.
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