Why should you try Stand Up Paddle Board YOGA this summer?

by Rebecca Stephens

Is your yoga routine getting a little stale? If you’re looking for a new challenge, yoga on a stand up paddleboard will reinvigorate you and push you to become an even better yogi than you thought possible — all while enjoying the natural splendor of floating on water.

Here are some benefits:

  1. It’s a better workout. Since the board is unstable you have to work to engage your core more which creates better balance and core strength.

  1. You will refine alignment. You will be more in-tune with each yoga posture. The board will let you know if you are not grounded.

  2. It is more relaxing when you can hear the sound of he water lapping the edge of the board, birds singing, and feel the wind gently brushing against the skin. You will create a deeper connection with your breath.

  3. It is empowering and FUN! By mixing up your practice, you reduce injury and boredom.

  4. It is a little scary which will teach you to let go of fear and be okay with falling. Learning to get back up is a powerful life lesson.

  5. Being on the water is more beautiful! Yoga means “UNION”- you are able to join the beauty of nature with your yoga practice: Movement, breath and spirit.

Come join me on the Contoocook river this summer!

A typical class includes some basics of paddling and water safety then we take a short paddle to the spot were we will practice yoga. We will begin the asana practice with seated postures connecting with our breath then move on to some kneeling and possible standing postures. We will close with a guided relaxation- savasana floating on the river. Bring a playful attitude and leave your ego on the shore. We will have fun, learn new ways to approach postures, let go of the way is “should” be, and if you fall off -be okay with it and just get back up.

We'll be hosting a "TRY SUP Yoga Class on June 21" as well as three 3-Session Courses held on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Session 1 starts on Tuesday, June 28th, Session 2 starts on Tuesday, July 19th and Session 3 starts on Tuesday, August 9th.

pranaSTRONG yoga & wellness of Penacook has partnered with Contoocook River Canoe Co. to offer these SUP YOGA classes.

Classes will be Tuesday nights at 6:30pm held at Contoocook River Canoe Company. They will run in 3 week sessions for $80. Register today-space is limited. 


Rebecca Stephens: 200hr E-RYT & Full Moondala SUP yoga teacher pranaSTRONG yoga & wellness located at 311 Village St, Penacook, NH 03303. 603-724-5006