This summer, SUP boards have replaced yoga mats for those taking SUP Yoga classes at Hatfields Beach.
Instructors Rachel Tru and Candice Kitt are running the classes using equipment supplied by SUP Shed in Orewa. Each board is connected to a circular, inflatable pod that brings instructors and participants together, with the noses of the boards pointed into the centre.
Candice, who is also a physiotherapist at Active Orewa, says the instability of the board floating on the water adds an unpredictable, fun element. The additional balance required ensures a good core and leg workout and is beneficial for those recovering from injuries.
Rachel, who first came across SUP Yoga in California, says it encourages you to be in the moment, trust your body and not over-think as you do the poses.
“And if you fall, the water is very forgiving,” she says.
They say there is no better yoga studio then being on a beautiful calm sea with clear blue water and sun shining down on you as you immerse yourself into deep relaxation.
“Lying on the board with your fingers and toes dangling in the water while you wind down after a challenging yet rewarding yoga class is total bliss,” Candice says.
The classes require a calm sea and are weather dependent. No previous yoga or SUP experience is required. Info: look for Supshed Yoga on Facebook.