Yoga has become a popular form of fitness for both men and women.
There are many people who do it at home or in a studio because it is good for the body and has various effects such as regulating the body's environment and autonomic nerves, relieving chronic symptoms such as stiff shoulders, and getting in shape. The main thing is that you can do yoga anywhere if you are on your own. Don't you want to do it where you want to do it? For example, how about an ocean, a swimming pool, or a resort?
In this issue, we will introduce Sapp Yoga, which is yoga on the water. I hope you find it helpful in your yoga life.
What is Sup yoga?
It's hard to imagine what the word "SUP" in SUP Yoga means in the first place, isn't it? SUP stands for Stand Up Paddle Board. It's a marine activity that originated in Hawaii, and it's also a popular exercise in the United States, which is famous as a fitness powerhouse.
The reason for its popularity is that you can experience the benefits of both fitness and relaxation. It is often seen as a hands-on plan at resorts, and the number of places where you can try it out, such as gym pools, has been increasing in recent years, and the Japan Sapp Yoga Association was established in Japan in 2014.
What are the main benefits of Sup yoga?
SUP Yoga, as its official name suggests, is a yoga practice that involves riding on a large, buoyant surfboard called a stand-up paddleboard and floating on top of it. Not only can you get great fitness benefits from common yoga poses, but there are also many other benefits that are unique to water that are not found on the ground.
Build your entire body's muscles and trunk
The instability that cannot be felt on the ground can only be experienced in SUP Yoga on a rocking boat, which allows you to train the inner muscles of your body with a proper awareness of your trunk. If you stand up on the board, you try to balance yourself so that you don't fall. It's great to be able to work out your internal muscles, hamstrings, glutes, and even fine muscles that are hard to use on land.
Improve your sense of balance and concentration
On the water, unlike on the ground, even a slight change of posture can cause an unexpected movement. Posing on unsteady waves requires extraordinary concentration and balance. Therefore, even just working on the basic poses found in regular yoga, SUP Yoga will help you to develop your balance and concentration even more than usual.
Acquisition of Relaxation Effect
As you get used to posing on the board to some extent, it becomes fun to rock with the waves. Having fun is the most important thing in de-stressing.
It's a bit more difficult when you're in a resort, but you can get the best out of your local gym or pool.
Three points of Sup yoga
There are three main points to consider when doing SUP yoga. The first is to move and breathe slowly. A big shake can lead to an unexpected failure, such as falling down. Move more slowly than you usually do on the ground, and breathe more slowly to match your movements.
The second thing is to be aware of the steering wheel. The handle is located at the top of the board and is the center of balance for SUP yoga practice. If you are aware that you are in the center here, the target object will be easier to balance than a paddle.
And finally, the third thing is to look at the right position. In fact, it is said that the main reason why people lose their balance on the board is due to their eyesight. If you lower your gaze, your head may fall down before you know it and you may lose your balance. This is not only true for SUP yoga, but also for horseback riding. Learning to fix your gaze in the right position is one step that can be used in many different places.
Introduction to the basic poses of Sup yoga
Basically, SUP yoga poses are performed with an awareness of the position of the handle, which is the center of the board's balance. In this article, I will show you how to do this pose, which is the basic pose of SUP yoga, "Yasuraza Pose".
How to Do Ease Pose 3 Steps
① Face the front of the board and sit on the handle.
Put your hands on your knees and straighten your back firmly.
Repeat deep and slow abdominal breathing while feeling the waves under the boat.
How about SUP Yoga, I would definitely recommend it to those who love the ocean and water, and those who want to experience yoga that is different from other people. However, some of you may not know how to get started. Check out the Japan Sop Yoga Association's website for a variety of events and lessons. I'm sure you'll find something to suit you!