You may have decided after having had the rare and full experience of Yoga on a SUP board that it’s time to buy your own SUP Yoga paddle board.
How to Choose a SUP Yoga Paddle Board
SUP Yoga is after all a perfect way to enjoy yourself on the beach. Outside and particularly on the water, Yoga adds another sensory dimension. From a physical point of view, an aspect of uncertainty on the board brings you into question and requires more muscles.
If you have determined that SUP Yoga is something that you do daily, you might want to buy a specially made frame. A SUP Yoga board may have some Yoga features, but do you really need a professional board like that?
Boards especially sold for SUP Yoga are generally a version of an existing stability board but are made more specific to the board by modifying the deck pad and accessory attachments. You will find that, when you compare features carefully, you are better off with an all-round inflatable paddle board that is perfect for Yoga, but also fits well for other paddling sports.
What board proportions are suitable for a board of yoga?
While you can do SUP Yoga on virtually any surface, beginners want to start on the most stable platform possible. Most people know that its width dictates the stability of a SUP board. The less well-known is how the board’s thickness influences its stability.
A 36-inch board may seem like a good option for stability. Yet all bets are off if the board is 6 inches thick. A 34 “wide and just 5” thick board is actually more stable since it is faster on the water than the 6-inch board. If you do yoga on a six-inch board and do the same positions on a five-inch board, you will instantly notice the difference.
Keep in mind that a 5-inch board is a little easier to re-climb than a 6-inch board in case you ‘re in the water and can have a lot more fun paddling easily if you don’t practice yoga.
Board length only has a minor effect on SUP Yoga stability, especially when looking at appropriate all-round alternatives, so choose a convenient length of 10-11 feet. A shorter board less than 10 ft is difficult to stretch in some places, and in this case, a board bigger than for most people is better.
SUP Yoga boards also have a deck pad running the entire length of the floor. Although it can suit the preconceived ideas of what a super yoga board would look like, be mindful that you will never be on the ends of the board during yoga-until you get close to the end of the board! A pad covering up to three-fourths of the surface of the board is enough. The additional space outside the deck pad is to find the bungee system so you have a place for your water bottle, dry bag, and other items.
You want to have a deck pad with a rather flat texture that will not leave traces on your skin. A light crocodile pattern gives you the grip you need but doesn’t impress the way a profoundly grooved pattern would make on your body. The use of a towel will depend on the strength of the session and the conditions of the weather, but most persons do not or need one if the deck pad is in good hands.
Check also for a center handle to flatten so that you can lie on it comfortably. A flat strap handle with adjustable handle cover is perfect as it covers your hands when you hold the board and when you want to do yoga you can take it down. Some yoga-specific boards have handles at the edges of the deck pad to keep the center area of the pad completely smooth. But the boards with this off-center control system can be difficult to carry because they tend to drift on the floor because of the steering position, require you to carry it over your head or use strap systems that are ungood because of the overall size of an inflatable pad.
Fins Set Up
Fins do not directly affect the performance of the SUP yoga board on the water. However, there are some advantages and disadvantages to different fine systems which will generally influence the use of the board.
A permanent 3-fin system for Yoga works well because you don’t have to worry about missing or damaged fins and it makes getting into the water easier if you start in a low place.
A configurable fin system, in which all fins can be removed, adds costs but allows you to minimize fines for SUP yoga on the field. You can also use a 3-fin board on a table, but you have to hold it a couple of inches to keep the fins off the table. For this, a foam roller can be used and we would like to think that most Yoga enthusiasts would be handy.
If you intend to use the table for purposes other than yoga, it is also worth testing the fin system for the all-round use; hence a configurable fin system allows you more flexibility to adapt the board to other applications and environments. There is no correct answer for most SUP installations only select either a permanent fin set up or look for a completely configurable fin setup.
Many boards also have a mixed fin configuration which includes a combination of permanent fins (usually on the sides) and a removable center fine. Also if we are selling several models with mixed fin systems, we do not necessarily think such systems are the best option and do not really offer the advantages of setting up a different permanent fin or set-up. Real use is so confused as to achieve what you’re looking for, and as a paddler develops and gets more experienced, you realize how limited such a setup is.
Inflatable Paddle Boards vs Rigid SUP Yoga Set
Inflatable paddleboards are the obvious alternative for SUP yoga over hard surfaces. The inflatable paddle board has a smoother coating on the body than a rough epoxy paddle board. Inflatables often are more durable than hard boards of comparable sizes, as the thickness of an inflatable paddle board over the board width is constant, while hard boards are tapered at edges, which makes them slippery.
An additional bonus of purchasing an inflatable yoga paddleboard is that you can carry it along when you fly to exotic places where water yoga can be a lifetime experience!
Think of what really separates any SUP Yoga board you think from a similarly formed board. Are you going to use the portion of the deck pad that stretches to the nose of the board or do you better have a bungee system to carry your gear? Do you want the handles off-center or use a complicated strap scheme, even though moving the board to the water is harder? Each paddler has to decide, but we do not have to be a yoga board except for serious yoga paddlers.
Want one with big deck, moderate thickness, covering the three-fourths of the board, and a removable handle grip if you choose a completely inflatable SUP. This will give you all the advantages you need for yoga and as a bonus, you will have an ideal paddling board for any form.