We're proud to present part 1 in our new ongoing series of SUP Yoga instructionals from Airhead SUP ambassador, Kelli Nicole. Join her each month for a new set of instructions to help you improve your practice throughout the summer! This month, Kelli will walk us through three basic moves to get you started with SUP Yoga: Shavasana / Corpse Pose, Setu Banda Sarvangasana / One-Legged Bridge Pose, and Anjaneyasana / Crescent Lunge.
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Shavasana / Corpse Pose
Ahh bliss! There’s really nothing that I enjoy more these days than paddling out on a sunny day in San Diego to calm my mind and body on my airhead yoga SUP. This, is my happy place. They claim in the Yoga Industry that out of any of the asanas, simply surrendering is one of the hardest to perform.
This is where I surrender. This is where I clear my mind, connect with nature, take deep breaths, soak it all in, and float on...
Namaste in Shavasana.
Spiritual Intention: Let it all go! Less is more… less is more… less is more… There’s nothing left to do but surrender. Stay here for as long as you’d like.
Setu Banda Sarvangasana / One-Legged Bridge Pose
Avoid this pose if you have a neck injury unless supervised by an experienced teacher.
- Lay on your back, stacking your feet underneath your knees at hip length distance.
- Rest palms gently by your side facing down.
- Empty your lungs and inhale through your nose lifting your hips high towards the sky.
- To go deeper into the pose, interlace your fingers underneath your back tucking your chin into your chest.
- On your next inhale lift your left leg towards the sky.
- Pointing your toes is strictly cosmetic and meant to look pretty, to ignite the leg muscles flare out your toes.
- Take a few breaths here.
- Exhale, release your left foot to the board slowly lowering one vertebrae at a time until your hips and spine are grounded.
- Balance out by repeating on the right side.
I love this pose because it sends fresh pumped blood from the heart to the brain improving clarity and blood circulation in the upper body, along with opening up the hips and chest.
Spiritual Intention: Have no other agenda other than being fully present. Use your breath to connect your mind to the Now. Right here, right now.
Anjaneyasana / Crescent Lunge
Always work within your own range of limits and abilities.
- Starting from downward facing dog.
- Inhale, and lift your back leg drawing your calf towards the sky.
- Exhale, and draw that foot forward grounding it between your palms.
- Drop the back shin down, feet faced bottoms up tops down.
- On your next inhale sweep your hands towards the sky opening your heart center and dropping your shoulders back and down.
- Soften your breath and mind.
I love this pose because it makes my hips and lower back feel amazing while challenging my balance, tightening my core, and opening up chest up allowing for deeper breaths.
Spiritual Intention: Just let yourself be natural. Settle inward and be willing to be true to your authentic self. Let the light shine through you soaking in energy from the sun and the breeze.