Standup paddle yoga is a unique outdoor adaptation of traditional yoga, intended to connect you to the flow of energy within your body, much like the
flow of water beneath you.
All of the teachers at Paddle Nantucket incorporate their classical hatha and vinyasa yoga training into our standup paddle yoga classes, and will present yoga to you in this challenging and contemporary context. Whether you are a beginner yogi, or first time paddler, our teachers will adapt the practice to help you connect to your breath, your surrounds and the always changing environment of the sea. You do not need to have any yoga or paddling experience for our Beginner SUP Yoga classes. And students who have been practicing for more than a year, will enjoy the additional challenge of our mixed-level Vinyasa SUP Yoga classes. All of our Standup paddle yoga classes are designed to offer students a physical but also spiritual experience, amplified by the natural beauty of Nantucket’s north shore waters. Each of our SUP yoga teachers bring their own unique style to the practice, and we highly recommend you connect with them all.
The fluidity of a standup paddle yoga practice can help students find a deeper connection to themselves as well as cultivating a reverence for their natural surroundings. Yoga on the ocean is Nantucket yoga at its best.
To ensure quality instruction and student safety, our enrollment for most classes is limited to 10 students with our equipment rentals included (board, paddle, leash, anchor, tie-downs, PFDs) in the cost, and we offer 5 additional slots at a BYOB (bring your own board/we provide the anchor) rate.
What kind of paddle board do we use?
Only the best on the market. Our Glide Lotus standup paddle boards are designed specifically for yoga and offer superior stability. They are 10″, 35″ wide and have a deck pad that runs the entire length of the board and acts just like a yoga mat. For students who are seasoned paddlers and want to BYOB (bring their own board), any SUP board 10’ or longer will suffice. SUP boards that are best for yoga are at least 30” wide.
What else do you need to know?
Not much. Dress to get wet: we like synthetic yoga clothes, men often wear board shorts. Arrive for class 15 minutes early so we can properly outfit you with a paddle, and anchor (no, there is no drifting during class) a PFD (personal flotation device; which you’ll keep on your board) and start our class on land with the anatomy of your equipment. Because our classes are greatly affected by local weather conditions, classes will be canceled if sustained winds are over 15mph. It is very important to check our schedule daily or our Facebook page daily for detailed information and up to the moment cancelations or launch site changes, and check your email BEFORE YOU LEAVE for your class.
We look forward to gliding onto the water with you.