What is Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga? 

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga has grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade. As it's performed on a paddleboard, it requires awareness of weight transfer and balance, which builds stability, flexibility, and core strength. The Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga teaching focus is also on alignment and the dristi/focal point. (Teachers use the horizon a lot as this helps balance, gazing up is harder!) 

Although generally practiced on gentle waters - a calm sea, a lake, in a swimming pool, for a greater challenge, this type of yoga can be practiced on choppier waters, and for a more stable introduction, a sandy beach will do just fine. The bigger the board the more stable it is, ideally at least 10 feet long and 30 inches wide. As this activity involves a lot of falling in, particularly for beginners, it is strongly advised to only be performed by confident swimmers. 

Most poses can be done on a Stand Up Paddle Board but as the board is moving there is more risk, especially in poses like headstand, so these options are reserved for very experienced students. Meanwhile nobody feels like they are missing out, as there is loads of fun to be had in the simpler poses. 

Go to Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga if you want: 

Physical yoga poses 

Cardio fitness 

Gentle exercise 


Watch a Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga intro 

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Lucy Edge 

is a yoga advocate and writer with three yoga books to her name, including the beloved travel memoir Yoga School Dropout. She writes regularly for the national press, has authored over 150 guides to types of yoga and yoga poses, discovered nearly 250 proven health benefits of yoga through her painstaking classification of 300 clinical studies, and collected more than 500 personal testimonials to the real life benefits of yoga. She is also the creator of our yoga shop – YogaClicks.Store – handpicking yoga brands that are beautifully made by yogis committed to environmental and social sustainability.