The Top 10 Reasons To Try SUP Yoga – Guest post
by Laura Rust, Creator and Director at BIG SUP Yoga
BIG SUP Yoga is Houston’s first SUP Yoga program. We are excited to be kicking off our 3rd full season of SUP Yoga at 288 Lake on Saturday March 26th. We offer several classes per day on weekend days during our season. Here are ten things we love about SUP Yoga that we think you will love too. We hope you join us for a class this year!
- You will experience moving through fear and as a result create a new relationship with fear and uncertainty. Many students who come to a SUP Yoga class have never been on a paddle board, much less tried to do yoga on one, and they are apprehensive about it. If you have the fear and choose to get on the board anyway and give it a shot, you will get access to a new-found confidence and a new ability to make moves into the unknown anywhere in your life.
- You will feel like a kid again. When was the last time you played in the water all day and came home ready for a nap? This pretty accurately describes a SUP Yoga day – you will most likely splash, swim, cheer, laugh, make friends, get soaked, get tan, wear yourself out in the most fun way possible, and resist your teacher when they say it’s time to “paddle in”.
- You will get a brand new access to your core. It’s important to use your core to stabilize your body in all types of yoga, and in SUP Yoga you experience the importance of it in a whole new way. Using and toning the small muscles that make up your core becomes essential when doing yoga poses on a floating paddle board. You will often fall into the water if you haven’t fully engaged your core in the pose. This motivates you to feel and work your core more than ever!
- You will become part of a community. Community is one of BIG SUP Yoga’s core values and we ensure that each class (up to 12 people) becomes like its own little community of people who support and empower each other. You will get to meet everyone in your class, you will cheer for others when they fall in the water, your teacher and assistant will know your name, and you may even get to sing happy birthday in a wheel pose if you’re lucky enough to have someone celebrating in your class. This is a great place to meet people in Houston!
- You will want to fall in. Like I said, we cheer for people when they fall in the water. Falling in is often a result of “playing at your edge” in a pose and our teachers encourage falling, especially when it’s hot outside and cooling off in the water is desirable. Since Houston summers are especially hot, we even find that our yogis love taking their final resting pose, savasana, floating with their whole body in the water.
- You will feel like a badass, look like a badass, and have the photos to prove it! During each class, we have an assistant who takes photos of the class. We post the best photos in an album on our Facebook page so that you can download them, tag yourself, and remember your experience.
- Visiting 288 Lake feels like going on a vacation. 288 Lake, where our classes are held, is an incredibly beautiful and serene environment that’s just 20 minutes away from downtown Houston. When you arrive, you will immediately feel far away from your job and your responsibilities and be fully immersed in nature. Your SUP Yoga class price includes your lake entry fee and you have unlimited access to the lake for the whole day. Many yogis stay for a picnic or a swim after class!
- You don’t have to have any prior experience with SUP or yoga to participate. You will feel welcomed, supported, and challenged no matter what level of experience you have. The only requirement for attending a class is an ability to swim. We have first-time paddlers and first-time yogis in nearly all of our classes, and our classes are designed to empower everyone. Your teacher and assistant will know how to help and support you if you have any issues with equipment or the poses.
- Yoga and nature go hand-in-hand. In yoga, we work to create the elements of earth, water, fire, air, and space in our bodies’ alignment. Being out in nature supports our bodies into this healthy alignment and enhances the experience of it. Imagine being told to “soften the joints of your knees like water” while floating on the water – the body to nature connection is unreal. And with deep breathing being one of the most important parts of the yoga practice, it is incredible to be able to breathe some of the freshest air in Houston while moving through the poses.
- You will get all of the benefits of a great yoga practice. People do yoga for many reasons: the mind-body-spirit connection, flexibility, strength, empowerment, relaxation, balance, and happiness, to name a few. SUP Yoga is not a “dumbed down” style of yoga – it is the real deal! Our classes have a balance of playfulness and depth. Many people who try SUP Yoga as their first experience of yoga leave wanting to begin a regular yoga practice at our BIG studios.
Check out BIG SUP Yoga’s 2016 class schedule here.
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