The abundance of SUP Yoga classes provides a wonderful opportunity to take your yoga practice outside, beyond the walls of your studio – and possibly beyond the walls of what you think you may be able to achieve in your practice.
SUP yoga is asana practiced on 10- to 12-foot-long boards in an ocean bay, a glassy lake, even a slow-moving river. Water-loving yogis have embraced SUP yoga as a practice that brings a sense of joyful freedom to an otherwise earth-bound yoga practice.
In Power of Presence SUP (P2SUP) our mission is to connect a physical practice, standup paddling, to a non-physical practice that can guide you toward cultivating true presence.
In the Western world many think of yoga as purely a physical practice, or a fitness routine. The word “yoga” has many definitions, among them “to come together,” “to unite,” and “to tie the strands of the mind together.” In The Heart of Yoga, TKV Desikachar (son of renowned yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer, and scholar, Tiramulai Krishnamacharya) discusses the physical and non-physical aspects of yoga, which we use to cultivate true presence. By focusing inwardly and connecting breath with movement, we unite our mind, body, and breath.
P2SUP can guide you to be more present with your moment-to-moment experience. Rather than getting lost in thought or exertion, you will begin to experience SUP as a moving meditation more fully.
P2SUP will guide your training so you will be able to focus on the breath. Without a certain level of awareness, your mind will follow thoughts around haphazardly as you paddle. It’s through the breath that we cultivate our ability to stay present. P2SUP can elevate your paddling experience. Too often we are on auto-pilot. P2SUP will cultivate your ability focus your awareness.
When your awareness is not powered by “presence,” you miss out on many important and helpful messages from the body, because you aren’t “here” to receive them. Presence and breath are the core components of P2SUP. If you want to learn more, CONTACT US here.