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8 Tips for Doing Yoga on a Stand-Up Paddleboard—Without Falling In

Plus, the best gear for all your SUP adventures.

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Since our bodies are 60 percent water, practicing yoga on the water invites a deeper state of union with ourselves and the natural world.

8 tips for a successful SUP yoga practice

  • Choose a wider board for more stability.
  • Use an anchor (in lakes and reservoirs).
  • Start in Tabletop position—on all fours with your bellybutton over the handle.
  • From all fours, begin to move your spine. Notice how the board may move or rock as your weight shifts.
  • It’s natural to be hesitant about falling. But remember: Water is softer than the floor or even grass!
  • Use your exhalations to soften into the movements; see the board as an extension of your body.
  • Visualize the board divided into four quadrants. In Downward-Facing Dog Pose, you’ll have hands and feet in each quadrant.
  • Have fun! Invite a sense of lila, or creative playfulness, to explore a deeper connection with your practice and the natural world.

Lisa Fierer, master paddleboard instructor

The must-have gear for SUP yoga

Tahe inflatable stand-up paddleboard with accessories

Tahe 10′6″ Beach Shoreline Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard Package | $580

Stability is at the forefront of this durable, lightweight flatwater board. It comes with an adjustable paddle, bungee rigging, and a backpack-style carry bag so it’s easily transportable.

Summer Chaser Towel

The Summer Chaser Towel | $77

This large, quick-drying, sand-resistant adventure towel is an ideal home base for outdoor yoga or beach day picnics. (It even has a secret zipper for your phone and keys.)

Garmin smartwatch with white band

Garmin Venu Sq Music Edition | $250

Monitor your workout (including SUP and yoga) with this waterproof GPS smartwatch. It tracks heart rate, respiration rate, and more—plus it can play music.

Grown Alchemist hydrating sunscreen

Grown Alchemist Natural Hydrating Sunscreen | $40

Slather on this reef-safe, vegan sunscreen that uses rosehip oil and parsley oil to moisturize and protect.

Maapilim after sun gel

Maapilim After Sun Gel | $18

This handcrafted gel gets its cooling properties from aloe vera, bay leaf oil, and coriander seed oil. It hydrates and nourishes while it soothes.

Woman holding up a striped towel

Evolve Santorini Towel | $49

This full-size, rapid-drying, anti-microbial towel made with 20 recycled plastic bottles is the perfect yoga companion. Stay dry after SUP or a heated vinyasa flow.

Front and back view of Sensi Graves bikini

Sensi Graves Swim Alexa Stay Put Top | $65
Jennifer Cheeky Bottom | $52

Keep everything in place during your flow with this supportive bottom. Its matching top features a multi-strap cross back so you can play in comfort and style.

See also: 

10 SUP Yoga Poses for Beginners

My Other Yoga Is Stand-Up Paddleboarding

9 Surprising SUP Yoga Poses You’ll Want to Try This Summer