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10 Reasons Why You Should Try SUP Yoga

10 reasons why you should try SUP Yoga. happyfitmama.com

Last week when I tried my first Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga class, I wasn’t lying when I said I was obsessed. I’ve been researching boards to find just the right one for all my needs and one that won’t break the bank. Yesterday I took my second class. And it fueled the obsession even more. I’m riding the marvelous of it all into Monday.

Since I took my first class, I’ve been raving about it to everyone. The initial reaction I get is usually “That’s so cool!” Followed by “I could never do that! I can’t do yoga on dry ground. Thanks but no thanks!”

That’s so not true! It’s easier and more fun that you could ever imagine. If you are on the fence about trying it, I encourage you to get out there and try something new. You won’t regret it!

Here are 10 reasons why you should try SUP Yoga this summer:

It’s for everyBODY – Just like any yoga class, SUP Yoga is for every single person out there. There’s no age limit. There’s no size limit.

SUP Yoga Koan Wellness 2

Photo courtesy of Koan Wellness.

Zen out – Have you ever sat on a dock and listened to the sound of the water gently lapping against it? That’s all you’ll hear while on your board. It’s the most peaceful sound you’ll ever hear. Go ahead, let your zen flow like wild.

Find balance – SUP Yoga is all about balance. It helps you work on moving from your core and can identify your weaknesses when it comes to balance. To maintain balance, you need to engage your core stabilizer muscles as you try to root down on an unstable surface. SUP tip: Center your belly button over the center carrying handle for better balance.

Challenge your practice – If you have found yourself in a yoga rut, SUP yoga offers a new challenge. If you can float effortlessly into advanced poses like arm balances and inversions on your mat, doing so on a SUP will make you appreciate all the strength and stability that goes into poses like that. I was shocked to find that Side Plank was so tough compared to on land. And it was no big deal to get up into Wheel.

SUP Yoga Wheel Pose | happyfitmama.com

Photo courtesy of Sup Yo.

Slow down – How many times do you find yourself hurrying through a vinyasa? Are you really linking breath and movement or are you going through the motions? On a SUP, you are forced to slow down the pace and the flow.

Every class is different – With practicing on the water, you will never know what will come your way. It may be windy and the water choppy. Or it may be calm with the water as smooth as glass. Each condition changes the tone of the class.

Enjoy nature – I love yoga in a studio but being surrounded by four walls when the weather is beautiful outside makes me want to skip class all together. Here in New Hampshire, we have a limited amount of warm weather. I want to soak it in as much as possible. And what better way than having the sky above me, water below and the wind blowing through my finger tips?

SUPYoga Koan Wellness

Change your perspective – The world looks like a different place when you are in down dog looking through your spread feet out at the water, the trees, the horizon and the sky behind you. Or when you are in a Seated Forward Fold. It’s like you are one with the water.

It’s empowering – When you let go of the fear, it’s hard not to feel like a bad ass as you flow through the class. If the class is in a popular area, you’ll most likely have on lookers watching in awe. Even if you feel like the least graceful person out there, you’ll look like a pro to those on shore.


It’s FUN! – Trust me, it really is so much fun. There’s laughter involved as each person tries to find their balance. And sometimes fall in. That’s part of letting go of fear and trying something new. But really, what’s the worst that could happen if you fall in? You get a dip in the cool, refreshing water. And a good laugh.

If you have any body of water near you, I can almost guarantee there’s a SUP Yoga class. Give it a try and you’ll soon be like water and go with the flow.

Have I convinced you to try SUP Yoga yet?




What’s for Dinner? {Week of July 24}

Wondering What's for Dinner Here's 7 days of meal ideas for the whole family to enjoy.  happyfitmama.com

Hey, hey, hey!

How’s your weekend going? We are melting here in New Hampshire. Or at least up until the big thunderstorm that came rolling in and dropped the temps 20 degrees in 2.2 seconds.

My run yesterday morning had me ready to whip off my shirt with 2 miles to go. Even at 6:30 a.m., it was in the mid-70s. It wasn’t bad in the shade but when I was in direct sun, it was HOT. I may have taken advantage of the sprinklers watering the soccer fields in an attempt to cool off. I was already soaked with sweat so why not?

Today it’s supposed to be just as warm. I’m headed to another SUP yoga class in the afternoon. See? I told you I was kind of obsessed with it!

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday:Grilled salmon + veggies

Monday: Crockpot Whole Roasted Chicken

Tuesday: Homemade Pizza Bowls

Wednesday: Spicy Fish Taco Bowls with Cilantro Lime Slaw

Thursday: Grilled Chicken Salad with Mango Vinaigrette

Friday: Picnic at the beach (weather permitting)

Saturday: Make your own pizza night

For more dinner ideas, check out Laura’s weekly linkup!

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

High Five Friday

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High Five Friday is here! Can I get YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!! from everyone?

Want to get in on the High Five Friday fun? You can find all the details HERE. Do your own thing. Have fun with it. The only requirement? Make it something good to share. Because we all need more good in our lives.

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Insta. Are you following me?

Sunset yoga hike. I need more of this in my life. It’s good to look out, take a deep breath and soak in the beauty that is always around you.

National Ice Cream Day was last Sunday. Of course we celebrated. And then I had to get sprinkles because they were free in honor of the big day.

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy.

It may be all in my head but after faithfully implementing THIS BOSU routine into my workouts 3x/week, my posterior tib tendon is feeling 100% strong and ready to rock out some miles. You know I’ll be doing this routine for life now!

Jump squats. Do them and take flight.

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5 Things

Race Report: Vermont 100 Miler – Jess is unbelievable. She is my awesome massage therapist and one freakin’ strong runner. She’s been through a ton of very serious health issues since the beginning of the year but persevered. Her grit and determination is amazing. I’m so proud of her!

Being an Athlete vs Being a Skinny Girl Who Runs – Tina has been hitting her posts out of the park lately. This is a post that any woman can relate to – elite runner or regular ol’ Susie Q. Skinny does not mean healthy. I learned this years ago back in high school. I was in an Advanced Fitness Training class (our gym teacher was a competitive female bodybuilder who was an awesome example of health). We did body fat testing and all assumed that the skinniest girl in the class would have the lowest body fat. Not true at all. She actually had the highest! Skinny does not mean healthy.

The Story Behind the Running Police Officer’s Act of Kindness – I love this story. Random acts of kindness. Do them more often. Spread the good!

11 Moves That Help Athletes Get Better with Age – I’m not getting any younger and neither are you. These moves are simple yet highly effective. Do them!

A Letter to My Future Self – Other than ‘stay rad’, what would you say to your future self? Something to ponder for sure. I might have to do this.