The Concept: SUP yoga is traditional yoga, performed on a SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard on the water), which is wider than a surfboard and is the one you have probably seen people standing on while using an oar to steer across the water.
There are two big benefits to SUP Yoga in London. First, you get to be outside, on the water – an unusual occurrence in the city. Yes, you’re on the Thames, but when you’re looking up at the sky itself, you could be anywhere, which is welcome respite for a busy city mind. Second, while it’s easy-ish to stand and sit on the SUP, flowing between yoga moves takes added balance, which pushes your muscles to work harder to stabilise you. No one wants to end up in the Thames water.
Our yoga teacher was highly skilled and so, with time (or if you’re already a yogi), she will get you doing more and more advanced poses on the SUP – tripod headstand, anyone?
What You Need: swimwear. You can hire wetsuits for £4. We did our SUP Yoga class with King of Watersports who carry all the latest wetsuit designs, if you decide it’s something you want to invest in.
Difficulty Rating: 4/5 – the balance issues mean this feels more challenging than yoga on dry land.
Location: Wake UP Docklands, near Royal Victoria on the DLR - it's a little tricky to find, so give yourself extra time to get there first time.
How do I book? Classes cost £20 for 1 hour or £25 for 90 minutes, visit the website wakeupdocklands.com for more information