Yoga & Wellness

SUP Yoga — makes you one with the ocean and nature

Yoga and Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) go together very well. Doing yoga on a paddleboard enhances the yoga
workout. The paddleboard makes a fine yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine.

It will reinvigorate you and push you to become an even better yogi than you thought possible and all while enjoying the natural splendour of floating on water. And in Bali, there is a perfect spot for this amazing exer- cise – Sanur. Beach in this cute little town is unique because there are no waves near the shore, waters are clear, warm, and shallow and thus make it perfect for yoga on board. There are many excellent schools there that will teach you this skill and enhance your vigour. If you are still not sure, we give you 5 excellent reasons to start exercising today!

Focus on your breath.

Ujjayi Pranayama, or Ocean Breath, is a pop- ular yoga method for breathing because the “ocean” sound is believed to soothe your mind. And some researchers believe that listening to the sound of the ocean can help people to relax. The gentle sound of water lapping while on a paddleboard will help you relax and key you into the most important as- pect of yoga: your breath.

Empowering

Standing up on a paddle board gives you a unique perspective of both the water and the horizon. It’s as close as you can get to walking on water, and the possibility of falling helps practitioners really focus on themselves and their poses.

Fun

It’s well known that novelty is important in exercise regimens in order to stay motivated and happy. There are many different types of yoga, but it’s still easy to fall into a routine. Trying paddleboard yoga will keep you on your toes.

Teaches you to get back up

If you do fall in, you are forced to overcome the setback, climb back up on your board, and try again – which is a life lesson itself. Conquering the fear of falling in is essential.

It is beautiful

Between breathing fresh air, soaking up vita- min D and enjoying the natural landscape, it beats just about any gym or studio there is.■

Bali Pocket Magazine