stand up paddleboard yoga

stand up paddle board yoga

We love us a good outdoor yoga practice - the park, the beach, there’s really nothing like hitting mountain pose with a sweet view of the mountains. This summer, we’re eager to get our feet wet and take our practice to the water. We caught up with Oakridge ambassador, Kristy Wright for the scoop on all things stand up paddleboard yoga.

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what exactly is “sup yoga”?
SUP Yoga is essentially yoga on a stand up paddleboard in the water. Since the SUP board is large enough to act as a mat (and sturdy enough to support someone standing on it) it was only a matter of time before yogis started to discover the ways it challenged their practice.

which came first for you – paddleboarding or yoga?
Yoga! I began my personal practice about 10 years ago and I started teaching yoga just over two years ago. On a trip to Hawaii in the fall of 2010 my friend Coreena and I tried SUPing and both really enjoyed it. When we returned home she enrolled me in starting Stand Up Paddle Vancouver with the intention of starting a SUP Yoga program. What was missing in my yoga practice was the ability to be outside – now I’m so grateful to have both!

what’s a sup yoga class like?
Before diving into a SUP Yoga class, you should: 1. know how to swim and 2. take an intro to stand up paddling class.

I try to keep my sessions intimate (about five people) so that I can really pay attention to my students and their needs. We generally start with a warm-up stretch on the beach, working through a few sun salutations – then we hit the water. We take the boards out for a paddle to get the heart pumping and once we’re settled into an area we move as a group from pose to pose. We finish with a seated meditation and Savasana. Imagine the hot sun warming your body, the smell of sea salt and your fingertips grazing the water as your float around on your board –pure bliss.

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what gear do we need?
For cooler days I recommend the kind of stuff you’d wear to a regular yoga class that will move with you and dry quickly if you get wet. In the warmth of summer, a bikini and board shorts (and of course, sunscreen) will do just fine. There’s always a chance you could get wet so come prepared – bring a change of clothes and a towel!

what about a board?
At first it’s a good idea to just rent a board until you’re ready to commit. I paddle an 11' Rogue Vixen All Water SUP Board - this board is the most versatile to paddle and play on for SUP Yoga. If you’re just beginning go for a board that is much longer and wider, such as a Jimmy Lewis Cruise Control. The wonderful thing about the SUP Yoga practice is if you think it's getting too easy... just get a smaller board.

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on a scale of savasana to handstand how difficult is sup yoga?
SUP Yoga is definitely challenging (especially when it comes to balancing poses) but it’s a fun way to energize and transform your regular practice. Adding the element of water simply increases the amount of core stability you need to achieve every pose.

We can’t wait to ‘dive’ into Down Dog this summer. If you’re headed to Whistler Wanderlust be sure to catch a class with Kristy and Coreena!

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I love this quote! Could not be more true – you’d be crazy not to try Sup Yoga “Imagine the hot sun warming your body, the smell of sea salt and your fingertips grazing the water as your float around on your board –pure bliss.”

Comment by Taylor — May 3, 2012 @ 8:47 am

I cannot wait for a little warmer weather and the return of SUP yoga to L.A.! Will be going on adventures in/around SoCal this summer. I had a mini practice session on the board – on dry land – which will be a huge confidence boost before taking it to the water. I love this creative combination and the grace & power of water is a perfect pairing for yoga.

Comment by erin @WELLinLA — May 3, 2012 @ 11:30 am

Do you know a place where they teach this in SF? I just got into paddle boarding and do yoga. I’d love to start joining some classes! Thanks, Alison

Comment by Alison — May 3, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

Paddle Into Fitness offers SUP Yoga lessons in San Diego and Orange County, as well as retreats and certification programs!

Comment by Gillian — May 3, 2012 @ 7:39 pm

Allison! Send me an email;, I know i great place in Marin that is doing it! Let me know if you are interested!

Comment by Chelsie — May 3, 2012 @ 9:39 pm

Hilton head SC has an unbelievable sup yoga program. Check out outside Hilton head.

Comment by Mike overton — May 5, 2012 @ 8:13 am

This is fantastic. SUP is THE craze and there is nothing better than combining SUP and Yoga. My Aloha Paddle Sports and Fitness is offering Paddle Fusion in Huntersville, NC. We’d love to get your Charlotte/Southpark team out paddling with us. I am a certified WPA and PaddleFit Certified Instructor and just wore your Lulu swimsuit in my Paddleboard race today…love the FLASH and WEE colors! I posted pics on your FB page!!!
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Comment by Dana Slagle — May 5, 2012 @ 3:37 pm

As a yoga and SUP yoga teacher and enthusiast, I could not agree more with Kristy’s sentiments!! Combining these two practices into one unique and beautiful experience is such a thrill. It is simultaneously challenging and calming, engaging and relaxing, adventurous and meditative. I encourage everyone who has the opportunity to give it a try. You can come see me if you’re in or around Fort Lauderdale:

And a shout out to Lululemon. . . I pretty much always rock lulu gear while out for some SUPY or on the mat as you guys make the very best!!

Chief SUPY Officer of Ocean Om

Comment by Jessica Avila — May 7, 2012 @ 7:26 am

I have been windsurfing kiteboarding and paddling on soft top surf boards for years all over Michigan if you are in Northrr Michigan contacted for fun water play. I teach yoga too.

Comment by Ronda Cook — May 29, 2012 @ 6:29 pm

I have been doing yoga for a few years now and recently started SUP yoga. OMG it is amazing! You seriously can’t beat the great feeling from yoga and the calming effects of being on the water. It’s perfect for summer and I can’t wait to get out there this weekend.

Comment by orange county paddle boarding — June 20, 2012 @ 11:42 am

A TON of my SUPing girlfriends are into the yoga phase, so I know I have to get out there and try it. I’m glad to hear that everyone really seems to love it.

Comment by PaddleGal — June 23, 2012 @ 10:33 am

I love the photos used for this article on Suping.. where can I find the video? I remember seeing the same girls in a video a few weeks ago, I think on this site, can you send me the link. Thanks C

Comment by Louise Christina O'grady — July 4, 2012 @ 9:48 pm

I am doing this in New Hampshire, and occasionallly Rhode Island, let me know if you are out here and want to try it!

Comment by Lucy Carrillo — July 11, 2012 @ 12:02 pm

Just this year I have been working on building a Mystic SUP Yoga community in Connecticut.. It has been slow but gradual process.
I am happy to see that you have classes nearby in New Hampshire.
I hope to get up there and take a lesson. A few of us in the national Sup Yoga community(Namaste SUP YOGA) are also experimenting with dance on the board. Stay tuned!!!!

Comment by pamala — August 18, 2012 @ 7:24 am

just came back from my first sup yoga class at lakeside swim club in louisville, ky. yes, we’re landbound, but we also have a beautiful quarry that has become the newest and coolest yoga studio in town! i’m already hooked. looking online for a board of my own… :)

Comment by omc — August 19, 2012 @ 1:17 pm

hey comment above. I did sup yoga at lakeside too. We need to get some boards and get together! email me at

Comment by stephanie — September 11, 2012 @ 6:33 am

I am so wanting to get this going where I live- we have a nearby lake and I think it will be booming in a year or so! thanks for the great post

Comment by Sarah — September 12, 2012 @ 9:46 am

Nice Share ! Love To Do Yoga While Paddle Board Surfing , Nice Images Also Thanks

Comment by stand up paddleboard reviews — December 25, 2012 @ 7:40 am

SUP Yoga is an amazing experience! Having had the fortunate opportunity to take classes with Kristy Wright of SUP Vancouver and a BOGA Yoga Ambassador, she combines all the amazing aspects of SUP and Yoga. She will be at Wanderlust Whistler again this year as well as teaching in Vancouver, I recommend this to everyone. Whether you are new to SUP or to Yoga this is a great activity for everyone. For those of you looking for places to try SUP Yoga check out BOGA Yoga Stand Up Paddleboards.

Comment by Jeramie — January 2, 2013 @ 5:36 pm

SUP Yoga is a registered trademark and should not be taught without proper certification and affiliation.

Comment by Jan Schurke — February 8, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

@jan There is no official third party Sup Yoga certification and affiliation. Sup Yoga is very generic. SUP is an abbreviation and very generic term for “stand up paddle” That’s like saying YOGA is trademarked. Maybe your company has it trademarked and i am glad you pointed it out because its too generic a term not to be used by all who SUP. I do Sup Yoga.

Comment by Jeanie — February 14, 2013 @ 8:39 am

@Jeanie my company does not own the trademark for SUP Yoga. SUP Yoga is the name of a company and the name is trademarked. Certification for stand up paddle instruction through American Canoe Association AXA or World Paddleboard Association WPA. Affiliation for yoga teachers with Yoga Alliance YA or YogaFit.

Comment by Jan Schurke — February 28, 2013 @ 10:43 pm

My wife is into this. In hunting for a board she could transport and store easily she came across this nifty folding paddle board called Origami Paddler that fits in your trunk and stores in a closet.

Comment by Mark — March 12, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

Awesome article thanks for sharing! SUP Yoga works wonders for most people, it just adds that little bit of extra excitement to the practice that I, for one, thrive on.

Comment by Ginette — April 30, 2013 @ 7:20 pm

You have such beautiful photos on this post, it’s a shame that you didn’t include the photographer’s name. I think he/she deserves credit!

Comment by Shanna — May 15, 2013 @ 11:23 am

If your in the Toronto area come see us! We teach SUP, SUPYoga, and other fitness fun plus surfing on the SUP boards.

Comment by Janna — May 15, 2013 @ 5:43 pm

Hi Shanna,
The photos were taken by our photographers here and it’s content we’ve shared through our website and social channels.
~ Siya
GEC Online Community

Comment by lululemon athletica GEC — May 16, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

Thank you for sharing Lulumon..I am hoping to encourage this beautiful practice once I complete my Australian ASI Sup Instructor level I & YTT 200hr training by the end of this year.

Comment by Di — May 27, 2013 @ 11:04 pm

Become a SUP Yoga Instructor
Miami FL
June 22nd & 23rd 2013
Receive 12 hours CEU for Specific Training accredited by the Yoga Alliance
At Crandon Park, Key Biscayne, Florida
Registration/Information: 786-529-5588

Comment by Dharmi Institute — June 4, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

Hello My name is Patricia, I have Been Teaching Yoga on the Stand Up Paddle Board Since March of 2013. I live in Navarre, Florida which is in the Panhandle. Stand Up Paddle Board Yoga has given me the ability to join My two Passions. Yoga and Paddle boarding. and share The love with my students. I offer Beginner classes with a intro to Water safety. My class, I keep my cost low so all can try and attend weekly in there Yoga schedule. Combining all of the elements of nature has taken my love of both water and yoga to another level. Flowing through the poses in a slow flow. Feeling the sun on your shoulders, the water at your fingertips. and the occasional..ooops falling in !!! is amazing…. Then to settle into a quiet floating savanna is simply perfection…

Comment by patricia dittrick — June 5, 2013 @ 4:03 am

LOVE this! I have been paddleboarding for about 3 years now, and recently I expanded into doing some sup yoga after taking a class, now I am totally hooked. I’d love to see more ladies out there giving it a try!

Comment by Kate | Paddleboarding Central — August 1, 2013 @ 7:11 am

I picked up a Soulr Yoga paddleboard a while back, it’s the best board I’ve ever used. A lot of thought went into the design, it’s very stable with lots of grip. Love!

Comment by Jenna — August 2, 2013 @ 7:02 pm

@jan schurke: stand up paddle yoga, or SUP yoga, is a generic term with hundreds/thousands of schools across the globe operating schools besides the one school in laguna with that trademarked name. my SUP yoga teacher training is accredited through the Yoga Alliance as is my SUP Yoga school. don’t hate, appreciate. there is room for everyone in this sport. namaste.

Comment by supyogalove — August 31, 2013 @ 10:43 am

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