Some of our fears are baseless.
Standup paddleboard yoga is not one of them.
I’ve wanted to try this for a while because Huffington Post said it was calming. But I was afraid I’d spend most of my time falling in the water. Turns out I was right about that.
Anyway, I had decided – No more excuses! We are staying at the beach after all. Today was the day.
I wish that I had a video for you. I had planned to, but my GoPro batteries were dead. Really! In any event, it ended something like this:
Although my flop included a back-and-forth bobble dance before takeoff. Imagine a cow trying to paddleboard on its hind legs wearing a bikini, and you’ll have a pretty good mental image. I couldn’t find any gifs for that.
I even tried to set myself up well for this. I got up a bit early so the water was calm (ahem.. less people to laugh at me). I paddled 100 meters from the shore (yes, also fewer people to see).
I started with Downward Dog – this is child’s play with 4 points of contact for balance. I was feeling pretty, pretty good about myself at this point.
I needed more of challenge, so I transition – that is, if you call a clumsy 5-step process a transition. I’m pretty sure all of my future transitions will include me on all fours. It will be impossible for me to remain on the board otherwise.
I transitioned to Warrior 2. I don’t know why I did this – I should’ve gone with something more basic, like cat-cow. While I was actually able to hold Warrior 2 for a few nanoseconds, it ended with the previously mentioned belly flop. I called it a day after that.
While Huffington Post said SUP yoga would be relaxing (it wasn’t), they also said that it’d be fun. That much is true. Tomorrow, I’m going to try again. Maybe I’ll put Warrior 2 in the line-up, maybe I won’t.
Have you tried SUP or SUP yoga? Clearly, I need some help – anyone have any tips for me?