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Power of Presence: SUP and Meditation

As more and more attention is given to the practice of meditation, we come to realize where the magic begins. The power within meditation begins with breath awareness. Have you had that moment in a yoga class when you follow a breath all the way to an open heart – and that still moment at the top – then followed the exhale with full awareness? That’s just one opportunity for the power of presence.

SUP Meditation: Presence on the water

Traditional meditation practiced while seated provides a rich opportunity to calm our mind-body and bring a new mindful presence and balance to life.  For those of us who find a sense of meditative calm while on the water, a unique practice called “Power of Presence SUP” or P2SUP can allow us to meditate while enjoying our favorite pasttime. cropped-p2sup_logo_v2_vert_250-300x300

It’s easy to head out for a paddle and become scatter-brained and defocused. Thoughts of work/relationship/life problems, busy-ness and plans chatter through our mind. With P2SUP guided meditations, anyone can enjoy a mindful and present meditation practice while standup paddling – from the very first session. (Learn more here)

Have you ever started out on a paddle ready for calm and realize you’ve got a monkey-mind along for the ride? The monkey mind bounces around from one thing to another. It is as if we are on an out of control horse, heading to the nearest cliff.  Our senses and emotions become reactive, not reflective.

 

Breathing Meditation: Enjoy a P2SUP experience (give us 15 minutes)

pc201522The goal of meditation is to diminish the self into focus and mindfulness so we can be free, compassionate (with ourselves and others) and discover stress-free calm.

 

SUP has a great effect to calm the mind. Even while paddling our ability to pay attention is sometimes degraded by the fast pace of our modern world. Before a training paddle, or one that is simply being out on the water, taking time to pay attention and practice a p2SUP meditation is the key to this end. Our sport provides us with many opportunities to meditate. p2SUP can be your guide as you develop your own practice over time.

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We invite you to Live Presence and Share Presence.

Introduction to P2SUP

The Basics of P2SUP

How Do I Begin?

Why Walk On Water?

7 Reasons to P2SUP

The Birth of P2SUP

Explore, “All SUP is Yoga.

FAQ Equipment

We often get questions about what equipment is needed for Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP). Once you download a collection of our guided meditations for paddling you are just about ready to go.

While people are used to looking for a very stable – wide and with high volume – boards for SUP Yoga, any board will be fine for p2SUP. Since you will simply be paddling while listenbing to the recorded meditations for your mindful and present experience, no solid base for balance poses will be needed.

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We love Sweet Waterwear and our KIALOA paddles and boards

We use the KIALOA Aloha (board and paddle package) so that we can demo a high value / low expenditure option. No one has been disappointed! Ideal for beginners and sharing with family and friends, the Aloha is a perfect way to get started with the sport of stand up paddling. The 31” wide board provides great stability and makes for easy paddling. The soft top is impact resistant and provides a safe and comfortable way to enjoy the sport. An offset handle makes it easy to transport to and from the water. The four point tie down system is perfect for caring your water bottle or flip flops. Includes 10’ leash for safety and a 10” fin for good tracking. The tail bumper adds durability and is ideal for vertical storage. The package includes the family friendly Aloha Adjustable paddle.

If storage is an issue – or if you would love to check a bag (that includes your SUP board) we also use the KIALOA Napali inflatable. We can’t count the number of times people have come back from a backpack trip (with their KIALOA Napali board and an MP3 loaded with P2SUP meditations) all stoked and excited by the experience. cynswwwater1

Whatever your needs, make your decision about what board will be best, grab your paddle and MP3 player (or waterproof case protected phone) and get out on the water. You will love the experience.

You might wonder about our super-cool model. She is Cynthia LaRoche, the soul and spirit behind the meditations you will enjoy at P2SUP. If you want to learn more about all she can offer in the realm of superb yoga instruction and experience, check out Cynthia LaRoche Yoga.

We like to wear performance paddling attire that feels amazing on the skin, moves as we move, dries quickly and looks great. Our “go-to” gear comes from Sweet Waterwear. Some of the stellar characteristics are:

  • PERFECT for cooler weather paddling or just to cover up.  
  • UPF 50+ Outstanding rating in UVA & UVB sun protection
  • Silky Soft Comfort– Our special tricot knit is soft & satin smooth, no chafing
  • 4-Way Stretch – Premium Nylon/Spandex blend stretches to move with you
  • Breathes – Cool touch Tricot knit breathes to keep you cooler & not overheat
  • Quick Dry – Thin performance fabric holds less water & Dries Fast
  • Mesh Underarm Panels – Cool your core
  • No Underarm Seams – Eliminates underarm chafing
  • Relaxed Loose Fem Crew Neck – for comfort & easy on / off
  • Fab & Fun Colorways
  • Raglan Seams
  • Flatlock Stitching
  • Customizable – Blank front for your club, team or store name &/or Logo
  • Multisport / Cross Training – extra versatility, great for any sports activity
  • “Made in the USA”

Butterflies, Big SUP Event and Breath

Anticipation or fear of the "what if" in an event might de-rail our joy and anticipation
Anticipation or fear of the “what if” in an event might de-rail our joy and anticipation

Each day we have a choice as to how to spend our time and energy.  Often our time is planned so that we can fulfill responsibilities and carve space for our “my time.” When we choose to include a SUP event as part of our practice, we set goals and design a training plan. It seems clear and straight-forward, right?

There’s always something that comes up – our time can get segmented, pulled in many directions and we might procrastinate away some paddle opportunities because of (fill in the blank).

We might spend the months before an event we registered for with great anticipation and excitement being influenced by less than confident thoughts or fears,  It might not be a lack of time, focus or discipline that de-rails our intention. We might simply need a reminder  to inhabit each moment, rather than being led around by our thoughts and focus on our fears.

Training to the next level is attainable when we are present - and aware of our breath
Training to the next level is attainable when we are present – and aware of our breath

Framing an event as an opportunity to “learn” rather than being forced into expectation or agenda can be refreshing.  Yes, when we stay in our comfort zone or wander away from challenges it is much easier to live in the moment. The real opportunity for learning or growth comes when you reach and stretch, when outcomes could be way different from what we would have chosen or preferred.

Plan a training session, plan something that will lead you toward your goals and set out to do it. During that session be aware, be present. Do you want to flee when things get tough? Do you fear you can’t complete a speed, a distance or a challenge? Notice when fear takes over your ability to be present.

One of the best tools that can help us stay more present is our breath.  When we are stressed or in our fears, our focus is most certainly not on breathing.  We often hold our breath when we get anxious or frustrated.

Take a moment to return to your breath and awareness when needed
Take a moment to return to your breath and awareness when needed

It is fine to interrupt a training session and bring your attention or focus back to your breath. Something happens when you consciously bring your awareness to each and every breath.   This has an amazing way of shifting our energy and bringing it into the present…even if that moment is very challenging.  You may still feel your fear or whatever it is that took you out of the present, but you are taking action to return to being calm, strong and present.

You will discover what you need in order to focus on your breath. You will develop a stronger mind-body connection. One way might be to close your eyes and shift your attention to your inhale and exhale.  Allow them both to lengthen.  Keep your focus there for as little as 20 or 30 seconds and see how that changes your energy.  Many of the POWER OF PRESENCE SUP (P2SUP) audio programs provide a meditation designed to hone your skills for being present and focusing on breath.  These are powerful tools for both training, competing and – life.

Image by Melanie Weidner (http://www.listenforjoy.com/)
Image by Melanie Weidner (http://www.listenforjoy.com/)

All SUP is Yoga

In the moment with Amber Patrick, owner of Groove Yoga Bend (http://www.grooveyogabend.com/)
In the moment with Amber Patrick, owner of Groove Yoga Bend (http://www.grooveyogabend.com/)

Yoga is meant to meet your needs day by day and moment by moment. Practice should reflect what you are trying to bring into balance at the time whether it is body, mind or spirit.

If you’ve spent the day staring at the computer, your body may yearn for an energizing, active practice. If you’ve spent the day hiking, you may decide a soft, restorative practice is in order.

Grace and balamce with Gillian Gibree, owner of Paddle Into Fitness http://paddleintofitness.com/
Grace and balance with Gillian Gibree, owner of Paddle Into Fitness http://paddleintofitness.com/

As a standup paddler, you are likely familiar with the fast-growing practice of SUP Yoga.  Practicing poses while on a standup board is art in action.

In the truest sense of “yoga practice,” a different approach is also possible. Once you SUP, your body, mind and spirit are connected like never before. The paddling stroke delivers a rhythmic burst of exercise endorphins and release of adrenaline.  As water flows by beneath your board, tickling your toes, the nervous system calms down. Subtle demands for balance and being centered call for constant adjustments. Many call SUP a great core exercise. In fact, it is a practice that can soothe you to your core existence. All SUP can be practiced in a manner that delivers many benefits of yoga even if you never execute a downward dog or Uttanasana (forward bend).

Have you ever been practicing stillness while in Child’s Pose as your mind raced, thoughts tumbled or an achy “this or that” distracted? Have you ever experienced an instructor whose voice led you through a guided path to calming, focus, and a quiet meditative state? If so, you have a solid understanding of what Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP) can provide.

Imagine yourself standing on your SUP board, paddle in hand, ready for a paddle across a lake, up a river, through ocean ripples or a glassy bay. Imagine being able to put your earphones on and connecting that ordinary paddle to a powerful mind-spirit guided practice. If this sounds intriguing, simply fill out our CONTACT form, ask your questions and join in.

 

SUP Yoga: Power of Presence

Beyond the pose - P2SUP connects to your mindful presence and power of attention
Beyond the pose – P2SUP connects to your mindful presence and power of attention

What if you could incorporate some powerful aspects of a yoga practice while standing and paddling the traditional SUP way? While your body moves with powerful, rhythmic and continuous paddling strokes your mind and spirit can engage in the sort of meditation and mindfulness that enhances a yoga practice. We invite you to explore Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP)

Serenity via SUP Yoga (credit Bowen Island Sea Kayaking)
Serenity via SUP Yoga (credit Bowen Island Sea Kayaking)

No matter where you live, if there is water there will be standup paddling. The same goes for SUP Yoga. There are hundreds of well-trained instructors leading beautiful classes for all abilities. Why do SUP yoga? There are so many reasons.

Ideally, when we do yoga on the water, we can let go of  control or wanting to execute poses perfectly. At any moment, the wind or current can change everything. Whether you practice yoga the traditional way (on land) or enjoy SUP Yoga, we invite you explore a different practice – one we call Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP).

The power of presence delivers many benefits even if my Triangle pose is less than stellar
The power of presence delivers many benefits even if my Triangle pose is less than stellar

What is Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP)?  Presence is a noun, not a verb; it is a state of being, not doing.  Our moments on the water, on our boards while engaged in the joy of paddling are precious. To generate the most benefit and to consciously savor the experience you can enhance your SUP with “the power of presence.”

P2SUP is a series of articles and (eventually downloadable podcasts) that will guide your SUP experience. Our attitude, perspective and mindfulness designs our experience.  With P2SUP we gain more than strength and flexibility of body as we paddle- our mind and spirit develop new perspective and focus. Be present and breathe!

P2SUP was inspired by my yoga practice, but does not include traditional SUP Yoga poses or movement. Come explore!