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Uniting as a Community & Moving Past Fear Through SUP Yoga

February 22, 2016

We all have those moments where we stand at the edge of the comfort zone and question ourselves. Is this really worth it, what happens if we fail? But then we transform our doubts into a wave of positive energy and with the support of everyone around us we step off the ledge into the abyss.

Stand-up paddleboard yoga is something that has strayed from the normality of studio yoga. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of studio yoga classes that live outside the box and rock it, but SUP yoga is something all on its own. Maybe that is because the studio is floating, mats moving and suddenly warrior II becomes hard as hell. But in my opinion, it is something a bit bigger.

With the increasing popularity of SUP yoga, it has been amazing to see so many people venture out onto the paddleboards to practice in this sanctuary. Many of the practitioners are new to stand-up paddling while others new to yoga. But the best part is everyone is eager to let down the walls, embrace the fear and dance outside the comfort zone. The energy is always buzzing, students and teachers cheer for each other when new poses are explored or when we gracefully take a dive into the water. The class becomes our support group and we are in this experience as one. Throughout the practice we look to each other for tips, soaking in all the information on how to continue to blossom. Teachers feed off of the energy of students, creating modifications and sequences to keep the class playful and fun.

And then everything begins to slow down, we fully remove any traces of the walls left standing while entering into the place of trust. We lie back on our boards to experience the most surreal and peaceful savasana of all times and this is where we grow. After what seems to be an hour in this place of safety, we come back to life, recharged, energized and blissed out of our minds. It is hard not to smile the rest of the day knowing we just accomplished something extraordinary, we did SUP yoga and we did it with our new friends.

If SUP yoga has been on your mind, let this year be the year to explore it. You will find a new community, a new bond and possibly even fall in love with something you were fearful of. It is a safe place, a free place and most importantly a fun place!

Embrace the SUP practice with your tribe on our Greece Yoga Retreat from May 21–28, 2016. Find out more. 

Jeramie Vaine is a Professional Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Athlete, CorePower Yoga 200-hour Power Yoga certified instructor, SUP Yoga Instructor and WPA Level 2 SUP Instructor. In 2011, he was introduced to both SUP and Yoga, where a love for a healthy, active lifestyle was born. He has been given the opportunity to share his knowledge of the benefits of SUP and Yoga by traveling to Yoga Festivals, SUP events, races and hosting clinics. Jeramie has taught at Wanderlust Festival's, SUP Trainings, SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings, workshops, classes and clinics throughout North America. Jeramie’s vision is to expose Yoga, SUP and SUP Yoga to everyone he meets, with hope to add to or encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.