Connecting Mindfulness & SUP Yoga

Connecting Mindfulness & SUP Yoga

There are few things that connect power and grace more beautifully than SUP Yoga. You have seen those images of a yogi on the water with a beautifully balanced body executing inversions and strong poses on a SUP board.

 

Those of us whose physical body, yoga or SUP skills are not quite ‘ready for prime time aspire to that same connection of body, mind and breath on the water. Here’s the good news! Whether you are a tentative SUP newbie, or an elite water athlete you can simply paddle with the addition of guided meditations.

 

Here’s how Power of presence SUP (P2SUP) connects your paddling with a deep yoga experience:

 

The very act of standup paddling is an asana itself, delivering a chance to practice rhythmic movement, flow, breath awareness, strength, balance and mindfulness. A 15-minute standup paddle workout can also provide some other aspects of yoga practice.  When you combine those two together you have Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP).

 

I live in Bend, Oregon. It’s a town full of beer, dogs, bikes, stand up paddling – and YOGA! It’s an incredible place to live life as an adventure, trying everything and playing outside. So, of course, when SUP Yoga hit my radar about 4 years ago I had to try. After dabbling at yoga for a few years I had a pretty solid grasp on balance and flexibility for a 60+ person. I was a confident paddler as well. So one calm day on Hosmer Lake I played at Warrior II and Triangle pose. The photo might look steady – but I held that pose for a nano second to avoid an immediate dunk into cold water. Still, I really enjoyed the process.

 

Fast forward to Summer 2014 and I was still dabbling at yoga poses on my stand up board, but realizing that in my efforts at those poses I didn’t have the ability to practice breath awareness or mindfulness/presence that a traditional yoga class delivered. In fact, while working to execute a pose, like a really rickety Bridge, on my SUP board I actually held my breath and focused only on the shaking of both my board and my muscles. I was having fun, but I wasn’t experiencing the aspect of “yoga” that meant so much to me.

 

In P2SUP, your body moves with smooth, rhythmic and continuous paddling strokes – that is the “active pose” part of the experience. With our guided meditations, your mind and spirit can engage in a practice of presence. P2SUP enhances both yoga and paddling practices. Breath awareness is integral to the P2SUP journey. When you take your yoga practice outdoors and onto the water the union with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt. P2SUP adds a unique dimension to your practice on the water.

 

Each of the P2SUP meditation scripts is designed to align with one or more of the 7 chakras.Whether you feel a need for more grounding (1st chakra) or are striving for an open heart (4th chakra) we have a meditation you can experience during a 15-17 minute paddle. All you need is a phone or MP3 player, in a waterproof case, your board and paddle. Download the introduction Power of Presence intro collection of P2SUP guided meditations.

 

There is something magically meditative about standup paddling itself. Whether catching a glassy wave, or stroking through flowing, flat water with sunny afternoon breezes at your face, your mind is able regroup and re-charge with a calming freedom. In a fast-paced world we might rush our paddling experience and forget to actually be present and mindful. P2SUP meditations can guide your SUP experience in a new way.

 

Slowing down and practicing power of presence through a moving meditation as you paddle is what P2SUP is all about. Slowing down and practicing power of presence through a moving meditation as you paddle is what P2SUP is all about. Discover more about the Power of Presence and P2SUP.[/vc_column_text]

In a fast-paced world we might rush our paddling experience and forget to actually be present and mindful. P2SUP meditations can guide your SUP experience in a new way.

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Judy Shasek
p2supinfo@gmail.com

Judy Shasek writes and paddles almost daily. She is the founder of Water Words and author of the blog, Elder SUP. Shasek develops blogs and programs for water athletes and the companies supporting water sports because, in her words, “they are too busy being awesome at what they do.” An author, teacher and water athlete - simply crazy about being in and on the water via sailing, swimming, surfing and SUP - Shasek discovered yoga late in life as she breezed past her 60th birthday. Shasek explains, “The more I practiced my yoga and my SUP I discovered the powerful synthesis provided by the blending of each.” P2SUP was born of that discovery. Shasek has an extensive background in fitness, business development and is a member of the Professional Stand Up Paddle Association.