Exploring the Floating Sanctuary Through SUP Yoga
December 8, 2015
The sun’s rays warm our bodies, the sounds of the chirping birds fills the air and the splashes of the sea resonate deeply within us.
With each inhale of fresh air, our nerves calm and we begin to let go of whatever we may be holding onto. The fears, the doubt, the negative thoughts all dissipate like the morning fog lifting off of the water.
This is SUP Yoga, where the studio walls are removed and we venture onto the water to experience nature in its raw form. We move with fluidity like the water we float upon, we learn to stay present and conscious with each inhale and exhale.
The journey we have set upon challenges our practice and brings us back to the moment where we first touched a yoga mat.
The poses we move through have the same shape as our studio counterpart but with subtle differences. We modify, we bring things back to the basics we are students at the most basic level and our mind is grateful.
As our confidence increases, we began to explore new variations of each pose. The body begins to understands the balance between water and movement allowing the connection with breath to flow to deepen. The water has a special way of keeping us balanced; if we move too quickly it reminds us and brings us back to where we need to be.
After playfully exploring variations of poses and creating a connection with the water and board, it is time to rest.
By entering into Savasana on the water, we fully allow ourselves to let go, to trust the process.
Whether we are freely floating on the water or anchored to our neighbor we must trust that when our eyes shut we are going to be OK. And when we are fully able to do this, it is truly where the magic happens.
The water splashes against our boards, the birds songs resonate with our most basic human instincts and we began to let our thoughts come and go. This is our chance to reset, to cleanse everything from our world. These minutes of peace and rest may be the only reason we decided to explore SUP Yoga and that is just fine because this is your voyage.
Photos: Jeramie Vaine