How to Prepare for your First SUP Yoga Class

SUP YogaOne of the biggest hurdles about getting to your first SUP Yoga class is how to feel prepared. If you don’t know what to expect and how to get prepared, it can be really intimidating to try the first time.

Well don’t worry, because getting prepared for your first SUP Yoga class is actually really easy! Here is what I recommend to all my first time students.

First, a few common misconceptions that I would like to dispel:

  1. “You can’t do a SUP Yoga class if you’ve never been paddle boarding before.”
    Wrong! I would say more than half of my first time students have never been paddle boarding before. The Hala boards we use for out classes are incredibly stable, and most classes will use boards that are comparable. Standing on them and doing yoga poses on them will happen much easier for you than you think.
  2. “I don’t want to get wet.”
    You don’t have to! Falling in is rare, unless you want to. Sure, someone falls off the board and into the water almost every class. But usually they are trying harder poses. Most of the poses you will do will be pretty low to the board, and your teacher will almost always work slowly towards standing poses and inversions. And just like any other yoga class, you don’t have to do any poses that you don’t want to.
  3. “I’m still new to yoga and so I need to practice more in the studio before I try it on the water.”
    Not true! Surprisingly, yoga poses aren’t necessarily harder on the paddle board. In fact, a lot of people find that some poses are even easier on the board. The board rocks, sways and gives which can make some poses harder, but you can also use those aspects to your advantage.

What to Wear and Bring

Seea SUP Yoga

Now that we’ve got some misconceptions out of the way, how should you dress for class? For the most part, you’ll want to dress similar to how you would dress for a normal yoga class. Stretchy, synthetic pants and tops are ideal. Bathing suits are great too, either underneath your yoga clothes or in place of them, though in the mountains this isn’t always warm enough for most women. Men usually can get away with basic swim shorts or athletic shorts and a t-shirt. I might wear my typical yoga pants and top, and this is what I’d recommend to most women trying out their first SUP yoga class. Also, make sure to bring some warmer clothes to change into after class.

If you want to look into buying some yoga clothes specifically for SUP yoga so you can keep your studio clothes separate, Lulu Lemon and Athleta make yoga clothes that work great in the water. My all-time favorite SUP yoga and swimwear clothes are made by Seea. Do you need to buy new yoga clothes for your first SUP yoga class? Absolutely not, but if you know you want to get into SUP yoga, having a couple dedicated sets of SUP yoga clothes is not a bad idea.

Here’s a few of my favorite items that I use in the water all the time:

Now that you’re suited up, here’s a checklist of things I recommend bringing with you to the class. Remember, you’re going to be outside for more than a hour. You can bring a few things on the board, but leave your cell phone and other valuables in the car or back on land.

  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Smile

Truly, you should not be intimidated or worried about our first SUP yoga class. As long as you come with a good attitude and as much intention as you bring to your normal practice. Just be proud of yourself for trying something new. Trying new things and pushing your comfort level is what yoga is all about. Have fun!

If you’re ready to sign up for SUP yoga with In Your Element click here to see the schedule and reserve your spot! I normally teach Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights at 6pm, see you there!