Ready to trade in your yoga mat for a stand-up paddle board? You’re not alone. Stand-up paddle board yoga or SUP yoga is booming in popularity all over the world.
Let’s separate the yoga for a second and start with stand-up paddle boarding. SUP gets you off land and on to the water, whether it’s a lake, river, or out in the ocean.
Since you are positioned standing on top of the board, you have a unique and amazing vantage point to soak in and enjoy the scenery and world around you, both above and below the water.
Whether it’s the beautiful coastline, the colors of a sunrise or sunset, or seeing exciting sea creatures swimming below you, the experience is unique each and every time you paddle out. And better yet, you also get a fun, full body workout. Paddle boarding works your legs, back, core, shoulders, and arms.
Now, let’s throw yoga into the mix. You already know the benefits of yoga and how beneficial it is for your physical and mental health. If not, check out our post on the health benefits of yoga by clicking here.
Practicing yoga on a stand-up paddle board requires even more strength and balance. You have to focus on your breathing and poses as usual, but you also have gentle breezes and soft currents to contend with.
SUP yoga will refine your skills and use muscles that you probably don’t normally use on land as you keep your board steady and focus on staying balanced on a limited surface.
The good news is that if you happen to slide a foot to far or reach out to your side and lose your balance, you won’t land on a hard floor. Just a soft splash and then back on to your board.
This is probably a good time to point out that the U.S. Coast Guard classifies a stand-up paddle board as a vessel, so if you paddle out past a surf or swimming area you will need a personal flotation device (PFD), safety whistle and, if out after dark, a light.
Make sure to check your state’s regulations for additional information. Children are usually required to wear a flotation device; the age requirements though will vary by state.
So, now that I have you excited about SUP Yoga, what type of stand-up paddle board is best?
Stand-up paddle boards are either made of hard fiberglass or inflatable. Years ago, fiberglass was the only real option, but with that came the inconvenience of needing a surf rack on top of your car or truck to haul your paddle board around.
Because of their size, long distance trips were challenging if not impossible. The other drawback to owning a fiberglass board is that although the surface is hard, it can be easy to ding or scratch.
If you are going to own a fiberglass board you will need to know how to repair it or have a shop you trust that can make minor repairs for you.
Inflatable paddle boards are 80%-90% as rigid as fiberglass paddle boards with a PSI rating between 14 and 25 PSI. The outside layer of an inflatable paddle board is made of thick, ultra-strong hardened rubber.
This hard rubber layer makes the paddle board durable, but also makes it more comfortable to stand on than a traditional fiberglass board.
Because the board can be deflated and folded into a backpack, inflatable stand-up paddle boards are much easier to travel with. If an inflatable can fit into a backpack, that means storage is also a breeze.
Inflatable stand-up paddle boards don’t get dinged or scratched like a fiberglass board so any repairs you need would be from much harder impacts. Those type of impacts are rare.
As an added benefit for yogis, inflatable paddle boards tend to be more stable and sit higher on the water, creating a calm, comfortable platform to practice.
Okay, so we know the benefits of an inflatable stand-up paddle board, but now the question is, what is the right inflatable SUP for you?
There are many different brands each with different types depending on your intended purpose (i.e. all-around, surf, flat water/race, yoga, etc.) all at different price points. Let’s focus on stand-up paddle boards that provide a steady and wide platform for yoga.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle boards Less than $250.00
FunWater 10’6 x 33” x 6”
The FunWater inflatable SUP is an outstanding paddle board for the price. In fact, FunWater is the lowest priced board on our list.
It is ultra-light weighing only 17.6 lbs and comes equipped with an adjustable aluminum paddle, travel backpack, coiled ankle cuff safety leash, repair kit, 3 removable fins, and waterproof bag.
It is available in two colors and can hold up to 300 lbs. The included high-pressure air pump can inflate the board in approximately 5-10 minutes.
The company offers risk free returns for 30 days and a 1-year warranty on materials.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddle boards Less than $500.00
SereneLife 10’5 x 30” x 6”
The SereneLife inflatable SUP is one of the top selling paddle boards on Amazon.
It has a no-slip soft top and weighs in at only 19.6 lbs. It also comes equipped with an upgraded adjustable aluminum paddle, travel backpack, coiled ankle cuff safety leash, and 3 removable fins.
The SereneLife SUP is available in four colors and can hold up to 275 lbs. The included high-pressure air pump can inflate the board in approximately 5-10 minutes.
Retrospec Weekender Yogi 10’ x 36” x 6”
The Retrospec Weekender is an inflatable SUP designed with yogis in mind.
Besides being extra wide, the deck pad is made with foam for comfort and additional stability. It also has an extra-long pad to support elongated poses.
The Weekender comes equipped with a 3-piece adjustable aluminum paddle, travel backpack, coiled ankle cuff safety leash, repair kit, 3 fins, and travel backpack. It can also be purchased without the travel backpack. The Weekender SUP is available in four colors and can hold up to 275 lbs.
Retrospec backs their product with a 1-year warranty.
Peak Yoga 10’ x 32” x 6”
The Peak team has been designing and building boards for over a decade.
This inflatable is extra rigid so it will not ding or scratch. It weighs 29 lbs. and comes equipped with color matched accessories including a 3-piece alloy paddle nylon blade, travel backpack, 10’ coiled ankle safety leash, GRI high pressure dual action 15 PSI pump with gauge, 9-inch nylon snap in center fin, and water proof smart phone carry case.
The Peak SUP can hold up to 275 lbs. and takes approximately 15 minutes to inflate.
Peak backs their product with a 30-day return guarantee and a 1-year warranty on materials.
Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboards Less than $750.00
Isle Lotus 10’6 x 31” x 6”
The Isle Lotus is not only beautiful, but strong as it is constructed with military grade PVC.
It weighs 20 lbs. and comes equipped with a 3-piece aluminum adjustable paddle, travel backpack, ankle safety leash, high pressure paddle board pump, and a removable travel fin.
The Isle Lotus can hold up to 240 lbs. and comes with a convenient carry handle and front bungee strap. It inflates in approximately 10 minutes.
Isle backs their product with a 30-day risk free return guarantee and a 1-year warranty on materials.
iRocker 10’6 x 33” x 6”
The iRocker Cruiser is 33” wide from nose to tail providing extra stability and ample room to transition between yoga positions.
It weighs 25 lbs. and comes equipped with an adjustable fiberglass paddle that is half the weight of a standard aluminum paddle, travel backpack with padded shoulder straps and extra room for gear, ankle safety leash, triple action dual chamber pump, crocodile texture deck, and 3 fins.
With its quad layer PVC construction the Isle Lotus can hold up to 400 lbs. and comes with a convenient carry handle and front bungee strap. It inflates in approximately 10 minutes and is available in 5 different colors.
iRocker backs their products with a 2-year warranty, which is one of the best that we have seen, and boasts a 4.8 out of 5 stars on Amazon.
Driftsun 11’ x 34” x 6”
The Driftsun is the longest of the paddle boards reviewed. It has a wider nose and tail designed for maximum stability and a larger EVA traction pad for plenty of room to transition between poses.
It weighs 26 lbs. and comes equipped with a travel backpack with rolling wheels, aluminum paddle, coil ankle safety leash, removable fin, and dual action pump.
Constructed of military grade PVC the Driftsun can hold up to 400 lbs., comes with a convenient carry handle, front bungee strap and is available in 2 different colors.
Driftsun backs their products with a 1-year guarantee on materials, workmanship, and assembly and has a 30-day no hassle return policy.
We hope that you find this information helpful. If there is a brand that you love that is not included above, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are a couple of accessories that you may need on your SUP yoga journey. See you on the water!
Extreme Max Anchor Kit
SereneLife Digital Electric Air Pump