\n\n\r\nTry it if you like to be out in nature or around water while working out\r\nThe gist of SUP yoga\r\nSUP yoga, as it sounds, is essentially about doing yoga on a paddleboard, ideally in calm water. The lake is your studio. The board is your yoga mat. \r\n\u201cSUP yoga really requires focused attention,\u201d says instructor Amanda Stokes of Toronto Island SUP Inc. Although yoga always requires focus, with SUP yoga there is even more focus on balance and being aware of what is around you \u2014 of what, or who, might be coming toward you on their board, or of how close you are to natural elements like an overhanging tree, says Stokes.\r\nWith these distractions, you are still looking for \u201ca still point amid the chaos,\u201d explains Stokes. And doing the warrior pose, the crow, even a headstand on your board, makes for a special kind of challenge.\r\n\r\nHow the practice started\r\nThere are different theories about where SUP yoga comes from \u2014 some say California, others say Florida and Hawaii. \r\nSUP yoga is really a natural progression from SUP, says Gudrun Hardes of WSUP Toronto. Some people like to race with the board; others just like to chill. When WSUP Toronto opened six years ago, the practice was just coming to Canada, says Hardes. Now it\u2019s all over the world.\r\n\r\nThe benefits of SUP yoga\r\nSUP yoga combines many good elements \u2014 being outside, doing yoga and joining together with like-minded participants. Although some postures are harder on water, some are actually easier and can feel really good, says Hardes. If you like headstands, for example, the potential to fall into water is likely less intimidating than the idea of hitting your head on\u00a0hard ground.\r\n\r\nWhat you should wear\r\nDip into pieces designed to perform on every level. A long-sleeve top and ankle-length leggings with built-in UPF go the distance to shield from sun exposure, while designs that herald pattern and colour-blocking help cut\u00a0a striking silhouette. A compact\u00a0backpack with multiple compartments makes it easy to contain dry goods, like chic shades.\r\nHanging upside down your thang? This gear alone will make you want to try this whimsical and playful practice.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\n\n\r\nGo tropical or not at all\r\nWishing you were somewhere tropical? Well, this long-sleeve is sure to make you feel like you are with its vibrant palm tree pattern. And due to its built-in Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF), you'll stay shielded from the sun's harsh rays.\r\n\r\nLol\u00eb top, $65 at lolewomen.com.\r\n\r\nThis SUP yogi shares everything you need to know about the sport.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\n\n \r\nLegging heaven\r\nThese leggings are made from recycled materials which are not only eco-friendly but waterproof as well \u2014 so if you fall off your board, it's really NBD.\r\n\r\nLol\u00eb leggings, $100 at lolewomen.com.\r\n\r\nThis 10-minute easy yoga routine will improve\u00a0your digestion.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\n\n\r\nSupport the gals\r\nIt's important to give your twins some support \u2014 and what better way to do that than with a new sports bra. Its cut out detailing is everything, adding that extra bit of oomph to your outfit without jeopardizing comfort.\r\n\r\nLorna Jane sports bra, $75 at lornajane.ca.\r\n\r\n10 signs your body (and your mind) wants to practice yoga.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\n\n \r\nHeadband for a headstand\r\nIf you're into headstands than this headband is a necessity because hair in your face is a no-go when balancing upside down.\r\n\r\nGoody headbands, $8 for set of 5 at goody.com.\r\n\r\n6 of the most soothing yoga poses to help you sleep better.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\n\n\r\nStay chic\r\nNo more squinting with these stylish shades! The sun may be bright but with sunnies on you'll have a clean view of your surroundings and \u2014 more importantly \u2014 your board.\r\n\r\nFendi sunglasses, $740 at holtrenfrew.com.\r\n\r\n8 ways yoga can transform your body and your health.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\n\n\r\nCompact at its best\r\nThis is the perfect snack carrier for that Saturday morning yoga class with your gal pals.\r\nMEC backpack, $38 at mec.ca.\r\nHere's why you should take your yoga practice outdoors.