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Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga at Yen!

June 27, 2012

According to SUP Global,  stand up paddleboarding has Hawaiian heritage. The sport is an ancient form of surfing, and most people can be comfortable on a board in less than an hour. Due to the fact that it’s best learned on large, flat bodies of water, SUP is quickly gaining popularity in Northern Michigan. 

Now practiced all over the world, SUP is branching out to include yoga as well. Hasna Atry, co-owner of Washington State based WASUP, explains the natural fit of paddleboarding and yoga in this way, “When I’m concentrating on staying afloat, incorporating breath and proper postural alignment, and maintaining connection with the nature that surrounds you, it’s virtually impossible to think about the future, past or any anxieties that may have occupied your thoughts before the practice.”

So is paddleboard yoga difficult? Lululemon interviewed Vancouver, BC based paddleboard company owner Kristy Wright, who responded, “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.”

  Yen Yoga & Fitness has SUP Certified Instructors by the Paddle into Fitness ® Team: ROXY professional SUP racer and ocean athlete Gillian Gibree, Kathryn McCann (E-RYT® 200) and Mandy Burstein (RYT®). Trained locally, our YYF SUP Instructors have designed SUP Yoga classes to fit our students at any level.


Join Lacey, Christie, Lara, Sarah and Heidi for the Gentle Wave Workshops beginning on July 9th and get in on the fun!

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