Our Beginners SUP Yoga class will teach students the basics of stand up paddle boarding and introduce them to the basics of Hatha yoga.
This practice begins on land with an introduction to standup paddle yoga equipment: our Glide Lotus Yoga boards, our adjustable paddles and the anchor you’ll use while practicing yoga. We will then offer a very short guided paddle in the calm waters of Nantucket’s north shore (or for those students who prefer, boards can be walked out to waist-high water).
After anchoring the boards with individual 10# mushroom anchors, you will explore a gentle yoga practice appropriate for beginner to intermediate students. The practice is approached slowly and gently so that students can get comfortable moving around on a floating surface. These open water classes will use breath-work and utilize poses that release tension, quiet the mind, strengthen the body and ease the spirit.
Each class will draw to a close with a sweet savasana (final relaxation) in which students will be encouraged to lay down on their backs, float their hands in the water and feel the sea flow beneath them.
All necessary paddle boarding equipment is provided.
*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.
What to Bring
- Swimsuit and weather-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
- Sunglasses with lanyard (polarized recommended)
- Hat with visor
- Small water bottle or hydration system
- Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
- Waterproof camera
- Stand up paddle board, SUP paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†
- Extra change of clothes
- Lip balm with sunscreen
- Closed-toed water shoes
What We Provide
- Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boards, paddles, PFDs, etc.
- First-aid kit
- Insect repellant