SUP YogaPilates blog: SUP Yoga benefits and relaxation effects

SUP YogaPilates blog: SUP Yoga benefits and relaxation effects

We invite you to learn about the SUP Yoga benefits & relaxation effects in this article of our SUP YogaPilates blog:

If there is one thing we have learned over the past decade, it is that the opposite of work should not be sedentarism. Relaxation, the ultimate goal in our battle against stress, requires work, but of a different kind. Imagine performing your favorite relaxing asana atop a paddle board, or meditating while floating on the Mediterranean sea. True tranquility takes effort, yet when it is pleasurable, it seems effortless; this is the essential ingredient of lasting calm.
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How Yoga Combats Stress

Study after study has shown that Yoga has a unique ability to significantly lower levels of stress hormone, cortisol. This hormone, when present at high levels, causes everything from anxiety to depression. It is also closely linked to cancer, accelerated ageing inflammation, heart disease, obesity, and Type II diabetes. One recent study, published in Frontiers in Immunology (June, 2017), discovered that mind-body interventions such as meditation, Yoga, and Tai Chi don’t just relax us; they actually reverse specific reactions in our DNA which cause ill health and depression.

Yoga Can Undo Past Wrongs

The above findings are fascinating because if in the past, it was known that Yoga could help us battle present stress, we now know that it can even ameliorate the ill effects of our ‘fight or flight’ response being activated for too long. As noted by study author, Ivana Buric, “”Millions of people around the world already enjoy the health benefits of mind-body interventions like Yoga or meditation, but what they perhaps don’t realise is that these benefits begin at a molecular level and can change the way our genetic code goes about its business.”

How Can We Enhance Yoga’s Relaxing Effects?

When you’re out at sea, the sound of the water, the salty smell of the air and the feeling of floating will do its magic. If you practice Yoga at home or in your hotel afterwards, you can increase your ability to focus by using tools like essential oils (diffused through the room), and beautiful candles, whose flame make a great point of focus. Remember to use natural rather than paraffin candles, since the latter releases toxic particles into the air. A great choice are soy candles, which are 100% free of harmful substances, and are made with beautiful fragrances such as oakmoss, pine, and amber.  Use natural elements to bring you closer to the greater life force that flows through all of us. Use also CD recordings of the sea or natural settings to intensify relaxation.

What is Yoga’s Secret Ingredient?

Researchers believe that they have cornered the secret that makes Yoga, Tai Chi and meditation so successful: all three activities help us achieve the often elusive state of mindfulness, also known as ‘being in the present moment’. Yoga, for instance, truly challenges us to perform asanas with perfect technique. While practicing controlled breathing and, sometimes, incorporating meditation into our routine (or using it to relax afterwards). When we are mindful, we obtain distance from worries about the future or guilt about the past, and focus on achieving a state of peaceful bliss. Thus, our heart and breathing rate reduce, and  our senses open to the beauty that surrounds us.

Yoga does more than calm our present mood; it has powerful effects on our DNA, correcting some of the damage done by chronic stress. The best way to enjoy its stress busting effects, is undoubtedly while floating on your personal paddle board. At home, seek tranquility through music, meditation, aromatherapy and candles. In addition, always try to surround yourself with natural materials. This will remind yourself of the vastness of the life force that runs through the Planet.

Author: Sally Writes / Photo: André Oosterhuis – SUP YogaPilates

6 Top Benefits To Be Enjoyed from a Yoga Retreat

6 Top Benefits To Be Enjoyed from a Yoga Retreat

According to Harvard Medical School, Yoga provides a retreat from our chaotic and busy lives. In addition it helps us to deal with mental and physical conditions and improves our relationship with food. But there’s a big difference between taking regular Yoga classes and booking yourself onto a Yoga retreat, particularly when the retreat takes you to a magical destination like Ibiza. The experience is more intense and highly memorable. Also for many people it is the energizing kick they need to make positive changes to their daily routines at home.
You should also consider retreats that combine Yoga with other kinds of activities and disciplines such as SUP YogaPilates. SUP YogaPilates is a complete training fusion that combines Yoga, Pilates and Stand-Up Paddle Surf. The Yoga and Pilates elements work the core, while the Stand up paddle takes care of strength, flexibility and balance.
Whatever kind of retreat you choose, you can be sure of experiencing the following major benefits as a result:

1. Experience two kinds of journeys

Yoga retreat offers more than one kind of journey. It offers the chance to travel to a foreign location and take a journey within yourself at the same time. It’s the kind of experience that offers a deeper connection with the world that surrounds us and with our inner spirit.

As we spend time sleeping away from home and away from all the distractions that form part of our daily lives, we make real contact with the immediate environment. In addition, we make the time for true personal reflection. Most Yoga retreats are organized in locations that encourage deep spiritual connections. Ibiza, India and Thailand featuring as three of the most magical destinations. As we connect with Nature and rediscover our body’s natural rhythm, we give ourselves the chance to find ways of letting light and peacefulness into our soul.

2. Improve your Yoga skills

A common misconception held by some who have never practiced Yoga is that it’s fairly easy to master. While it may look easy from afar, Yoga is actually an intense form of physical exercise. It can provide challenges in terms of flexibility, stamina and strength. Asanas, headstands and meditation don’t come easy. They require years of practice to be fully mastered and even then there’s always room for personal improvement.

Committing to a busy work and Yoga-practicing schedule at home can be really tiring. However, most Yoga retreats include at least two classes every day. This makes it easier to practice and improve your technique in a shorter space of time.

3. Detox from technology

According to an article published by CNN, Americans spend more than 10 hours a day looking at a screen. Even when we go on vacation, we tend to get drawn into the technology trap of responding to texts, messages and emails, or of checking our social media updates and talking to friends and family as though we were at home.

Yoga retreats, on the other hand, are much better at encouraging us to embrace a complete technology detox. Learning how to unplug and switch off can be quite a challenge; one that is sometimes best learned when exposed to specific experiences, like a Yoga retreat.

4. Make new friends

Friends are always important, but friends who share similar interests are even more important. Yoga retreats are excellent environments for forming strong and lasting connections with others. This is why they’re also really great for people who enjoy traveling alone. They provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and learn the details about yoga and its practices from more experienced yogis.

The other advantage of attending a Yoga retreat on your own is that you don’t always have to be in a sociable mood. Whenever you want to have some individual time just for you, you can retreat to your room or go for a wander without worrying about offending your friends.

5. Cleanse your body from the inside out

Yoga retreats can do wonders for your diet too. Most retreats offer programs that include cleansing meals that will take your health to a whole new level. The norm for many of the all-inclusive programs is to offer a balanced diet of three healthy, tasty meals a day, plus regular snacks designed to boost your nutrient and vitamin intake.

You might also find that the meals you enjoy on the retreat inspire you with new ideas for what to prepare at home. We often get sucked into the same meal ideas thanks to a lack of time and energy. Find here information about 15 incredibly nutrient dense foods to optimize your diet. A visit to a Yoga retreat can help to break your regular meal cycle. Furthermore, it can introduce your palate to invigorating culinary experiences.

6. Recharge your batteries for the long-term

Essentially, Yoga retreats offer a complete make-over: physical, mental, spiritual and dietary, with the added perk of traveling to a new destination. For these reasons they are far more effective for keeping stress at bay in the long-term. The skills you learn during a retreat can be incorporated into your regular routine, helping you to maintain a healthy balance in life beyond the initial experience. Read here some of the many health benefits of Yoga, as proven by science.

Author: Sally Writes / Photo by Kyson Dana on Unsplash

Pregnancy SUP Yoga

Pregnancy SUP Yoga

Pregnancy SUP Yoga: Learn about its practice, benefits & risks

Exercise is probably the last thing on any expecting mother’s mind. While pregnancy can be an exciting time for most women, it does come with its fair share of challenges. Most women would like to sit back and relax at home. However, there’s a lot that a pregnant woman can gain from regular exercise and physical activity, including Pregnancy SUP Yoga.
Stand-up Paddle Surf (SUP) Yoga is becoming an increasingly popular form of exercise worldwide. Everyone from all walks of life can practice it – even expecting mothers and their spouses. This article looks at the benefits of Pregnancy SUP Yoga. Additionally, it highlights tips on how you can start a SUP Yoga practice safely and properly.
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What Is SUP Yoga?

Before telling you the benefits of SUP Yoga, let’s first take a look at what it is.

SUP is a practice that’s been around for hundreds of years. It was recently re-popularized by a group of Waikiki beach boys in Hawaii and continues to be enjoyed by many to this day.

As the name suggests, SUP Yoga is essentially the practice of doing yoga poses while on a stand-up paddle board. It’s ideally done on tranquil waters such as lakes, harbors, or bays. Practitioners claim that it can help improve balance, focus, and strength. Benefits of SUP Yoga for Pregnant Women

Besides being an incredible form of exercise, Pregnancy SUP Yoga has a myriad of benefits that should interest expecting mothers.

  • Relieve Stress Stress is a normal part of everyday life. And while there’s often a purpose for why you feel stressed, excessive or chronic stress can lead to a spike in your blood pressure—which isn’t good for you or your baby. SUP yoga is an effective way to relieve chronic or excessive stress, helping you feel more relaxed and focused. When you’re standing on a paddle board, you need to keep your attention on the here and now. Otherwise, you might fall off and get soaked in the water. SUP yoga forces you to focus on the present moment instead of living in the future or past. This also reduces the stress and pressure that you feel as an expecting mother.
  • Strengthens the Core Muscles

    Having strong and healthy core muscles during pregnancy can save you from painful back issues. It may even help make pushing during childbirth easier and hasten your recovery process after birth. SUP yoga targets abdominal muscles, as well as other areas of the body. This results in improved strength, balance, and even flexibility.

  • Improves Balance Falls during pregnancy is not unheard of. Many pregnant women experience falls due to hormonal imbalances and other conditions that typically come with pregnancy. Therefore, improving your balance and strength is key to avoiding falls while you’re carrying a baby in your belly. SUP Yoga strengthens your core, legs, and hips, making it easier for you to support your baby’s increasing weight. Not just that, it also improves your coordination, helping you maintain neuromuscular control and reducing your risk of falling.
  • Refines Yoga Skills If you’ve been an avid yoga practitioner, there comes a point where even the most challenging yoga poses can feel a little boring. A great way to mix things up is to combine your yoga practice with something new, like SUP. SUP Yoga challenges you in ways that are different from the usual yoga techniques. You need to be more focused, more balanced, and stronger if you want to stay atop your paddle board. As a result, you’ll have more refined yoga skills that you can use the next time you do normal yoga on land.
  • Reconnect with Nature SUP Yoga gives you an excuse to be outside and in nature. You can breathe in fresh air which can help you feel more relaxed and rejuvenated. It can also help you get your daily dose of vitamin D, an essential nutrient for your baby’s healthy development. If you have sensitive skin, it’s important to remember to practice sun protection while doing SUP Yoga. If possible, wear something that covers your arms and legs from the harmful rays of the sun. Additionally, remember to put on sunscreen before going out with your paddle board. Proper hydration is also important when you’re doing SUP Yoga, especially if you’re pregnant. Make sure to bring a bottle of clean drinking water with you while you’re at practice.
Risks of SUP Yoga for Pregnant Women

Just like all workouts, Pregnancy SUP Yoga has several risks that you should be aware of before starting the practice. These risks include the following:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fetal hyperthermia
  • Reduced oxygen availability
  • Maternal acute hypoglycemia
  • Musculoskeletal injury

To be safe, consult your physician prior to your first SUP Yoga session. Your physician can advise you on how to avoid possible risks and dangers of exercising while pregnant. Final Thoughts

If your goal is to stay fit and active during pregnancy, Pregnancy SUP Yoga is a great option to consider. Besides strengthening the body for childbirth, it also helps clear the mind of stress and worries that normally come with being pregnant. SUP YogaPilates offers a fun and interactive way for you to start practicing SUP Yoga.

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Article author: Katie Pierce