Last year, I tried stand up paddleboard with my friend Pamela and loved it. This year when my favorite yoga teacher suggested that I bring my daughter, I couldn’t wait to share SUP yoga with her too!
Stand up paddleboarding is such a relaxing and fun way to play on the water. Imagine taking your stationary yoga mat into the water and feeling that buoyancy when you balance…it’s hard but in a totally fun way!
My daughter and I share a love for dance (we recently performed on stage together) and now we share a love for SUP yoga! Sharing something with someone you love so much and doing what you love to do together is such an amazing feeling!
She LOVED to SUP! The class was very challenging (imagine crow pose, three leg down dog and even head stand on a paddleboard) but all performed with a smile! I would catch my daughter in three-legged downward dog feeling proud and she’d look at me from under her arm to see if I was watching her…as soon as she lost her focus to say, “Look Mom,” she’d fall in the water and laugh like crazy! I could see my little girl jumping at the chance to do SUP yoga again. I would imagine that kids who are SUPers can gain confidence, balance and strength early on…all with a smile and lots of laughter!
Kids are not afraid of falling…they love to fall! The paddleboard becomes their playground and they are the bravest in the class because in every pose, they go for it!
When I saw my yoga teacher a day after class, she asked, “How did you sleep after class? Are you still relaxed?” I honestly was…like I could still feel the water underneath my feet.
My favorite part of this class was when our boards found each other and we held hands during savasana…it was the ultimate happy feeling.