What’s SUP yoga?
Paddleboard yoga – or SUP yoga, as it is called and hashtagged – is one of the coolest sports. Not only does it look graceful with the moves and the backdrops are super scenic, stand-up paddleboard yoga is a challenge of balance, fitness and a tight core. Without all that, you’ll end up in the water.
Who better to take us through the ropes than Paddleboard Miami’s Brenda Lowe? The fitness buff and actress (you may recognize her from the movie Baywatch with Zac Efron and Dwayne Johnson). She is at the 2018 Toronto International Boat Show, greeting fans on January 12 to 14. And we caught up with her, so she could school us on what it takes to look like a SUP yoga pro, even if you’re a beginner.
SUP yoga – why it pairs so well together
Other than gorgeous photos, paddleboard yoga is a great workout.
The SUP yoga expert says: “They connect in a beautiful way,” says Lowe. “Yoga for me is meditation, calming of the mind and the best and most thorough workout of muscles that are not as easily targeted doing traditional workouts in a gym. Paddleboarding is essentially a copy and paste of what I just said about yoga.”
Is social media behind the SUP trend?
Unlike other fitness fads, this sport is here to stay.
The SUP yoga expert says: “I don’t think social media has to do with yoga or paddleboarding’s popularity,” says Lowe. “They are both examples of low-impact exercises that come with a long list of benefits: fitness, mental well-being, community, ‘looking cool’ and having fun, which makes it something that is here to stay as opposed to a fad that people share on their social media. Yoga and paddleboarding are better than that.”