Paddleboard Yoga Knoxville, TN
Gear for SUP Yoga
You’ll need the essential gear that you’d take out for a typical day of paddling, which includes:
Stand up paddleboard: There are a handful of boards made specifically for SUP yoga. But, almost any wide, stable one with a flat shape to the deck will do. It’s helpful to have a board with soft, cushy deck padding that extends toward the nose and tail of the board. This will make holding poses more comfortable.
Paddle: Any SUP paddle will do; just make sure it’s properly sized for you. While you’re doing yoga, you can simply set the paddle down perpendicular to your board and near the nose. Or, with a coil leash, you can wrap the leash around your paddle a few times, then let it float behind you in the water. With a non-coil leash, tightly secure the hook-and-loop strap to the shaft. The leash will keep the paddle from getting away.
Leash: Typically sold separate from a board, a leash tethers your SUP to you. This keeps the board close by if you fall off. For SUP yoga, use the leash while paddling out from shore. Then take it off your leg once you’ve anchored your board in place. If you don’t anchor your board, keep the leash on so that your board won’t get away if you fall off.
Personal flotation device (PFD): You’re required to have a PFD with you while you’re out on the water. It’s always a good idea to wear a PFD. The Coast Guard only requires that adults have one on board. Also, different rules apply to children so check your state’s laws about PFD use. If you do wear one, consider a low-profile and compact inflatable PFD that won’t get in the way during your yoga routine.
Emergency whistle: This is another Coast Guard requirement. Many paddlers keep their whistle attached to their PFD in case they need to signal for help.
Anchor: You don’t have to anchor your board. But, some SUP yogis find it distracting to be drifting around during their routine. Also, if you’re doing yoga with a group, anchoring can help keep everyone together.
To anchor your board, you can use a simple fishing anchor designed for anchoring kayaks, SUPs and other small boats. Here’s how:
Attach the end of the anchor rope to the leash attachment point on your board. Then place the anchor and rope on your board.
Paddle out to a spot that’s about 10 or 15 feet deep and lower the anchor overboard.
When the anchor reaches the bottom, let out a few more feet of rope. If you have excess rope, tie off the strand that’s going down to the anchor to the leash attachment point. Pile up the excess rope on the tail of your board.