Northern Girl on… paddle board yoga

You may have seen my earlier post on community yoga – if not it’s here. At the start of this month I was lucky enough to be invited to a free trial of SUP yoga (stand up paddle board yoga). This is a new concept run by the same instructor and organisational team as community yoga.

Feeling like I was having my flash dance moment! – photo credit Neha Kadiyala

What is SUP yoga?

Exactly as it sounds you are doing yoga on a paddle board! The board replaces the traditional yoga mats and you’re on the water.

Is it safe?

It’s perfectly safe, even though you’re on the paddle board on the water, the boards are docked and connected to each other. Our trial group were a whole host of individuals with varying experience levels and not one of us fell in .

Team photo once we all got up on the board! Photo credit Neha Kadiyala

Do you have to wear a wetsuit?

You don’t have to. It’s all about personal choice, I chose to because if I were to fall in I didn’t want to be in soggy clothes all day but others didn’t and stayed completely dry.

Is the yoga difficult?

It isn’t.  The teacher will be on the dock rather than a board to make it easier for everyone to see but she has done it on a board so she knows which poses work and which don’t.  She will give you options to make it easier/difficult but it’s all about how confident you feel and how much you want to push yourself.

Is it fun?

It’s great fun. I really enjoyed it and I was impressed and just how much I was able to push myself into the more difficult poses. I was doing shoulder stands that I didn’t even know I could do on land – let alone on the water!

Where do I sign up?

All information can be found on the DSWC Facebook page or by contacting the centre direct. There will be 2 sessions on Saturday mornings starting May 27th 10-11am and 11-12. Each session is  £25 (£20 for members) with special offers available. Full details and dates below.

Photo credit courtesy of the DSWC

Places are very limited so get booking! Ng x 


  1. Debra-Bow Clarke · May 18, 2017

    Omg!! I’ve actually seen this sort of thing before but never actually stopped to find out what it is they’re doing or how I can do it too… Really interesting! I think I’d enjoy this. I’ve never actually tried yoga in a class but I have at home as there is some brilliant yoga videos on YouTube but I think I’d get on really well with something like this. Perhaps I’ll find out where my local one is!! Fantastic post 🙂 xxx

    • Chloe · May 18, 2017

      I had such a blast doing it! I’m so lucky I have the centre sof close to me but yeah I’d definitely recommend! Xx

  2. Chloe · May 18, 2017

    I’ve never even attempted normal yoga so I’m not sure how good I’d be at this haha! But it does sound like a lot of fun! Xx

    • Chloe · May 18, 2017

      I bet you’d be surprised, I’d only done 3 classes before and I actually found it easier than normal yoga haha


  3. Amy · May 18, 2017

    OMG this looks so much fun! It also looks incredibly difficult and I’m 100% sure I would fall in the water haha
    Amy xx

  4. Sapna · May 18, 2017

    This looks amazing! I’ve just started doing yoga this month and have said to myself that I will do it every night! This would be perfect for me as I am trying to do more exercise. I am going to see if they have anything like this near me!

  5. Kayleigh Zara · May 19, 2017

    I’ve never heard of this before but it sounds really fun and something very different! X

  6. abbeylouisarose · May 19, 2017

    Wow! I’ve never heard of this before but it looks like so much fun! My balance is not the best in normal situations, so I don’t know how well I’d manage on a paddle board, but it looks like a really great thing to do just for the experience! I’d definitely want to be in a wetsuit too – brrrrr!

    Abbey 😘

  7. Aqy · May 19, 2017

    Wow this is such an interesting yoga concept! I would definitely try it 🙂 xo

  8. Alicia S · May 19, 2017

    After one too many unwelcoming dips into the Thames thanks to rowing, I’m thinking I might give this a pass. As fun as it looks I just wouldn’t trust myself not to fall in.
    Alicia x

  9. Maira · May 19, 2017

    This is really interesting, first time I’m hearing about it. I’m really afraid of the ocean, lakes, and the like because of all the creatures that can be lurking around, it’s just something I was fascinated about but also very afraid of since I was little. I would definitely try it if it was in more of a pool setting, haha!

  10. Sian Reed · May 21, 2017

    I’m not sure how I feel about paddle board yoga, seeing as I can’t swim! It does look very fun though!

    Sian x

  11. Lauren · May 22, 2017

    Oh I’ve never heard of this before but it looks and sounds like so much fun! I wonder if they do anything like this local to me

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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