If you're a yogi who loves the water as much as I do, you might often notice pain in your shoulders, wrists or lower back after stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) or surfing. This 15-minute yoga sequence will help prepare your body before your next SUP or surf session.
You’ll feel a powerful boost in the shoulders while simultaneously stretching and strengthening the most important part of the body for any kind of paddling. This sequence will also align the hips, keeping them level without arching the low back, minimizing any potential pain that could result when paddling and standing up a board. You’ll also work the core by developing lower abdominal awareness, which is key for strength and stability on the board and also for greater paddling efficiency.
Working the shoulders, hips and core together will create proper alignment in the spine and give an overall boost to the nervous system, ultimately allowing for optimum performance on your board. Plus, you’ll minimize the risk of post water workout-related pain or injury.
So next time before you paddle out, grab your mat and hit the beach or a dock and tune into your body with this special yoga sequence for stand-up paddlers and surfers. Mahalo and Namaste!