karmaSUPtra was thoughtfully created in an effort to make SUP Yoga a more accessible practice, by introducing indoor boards that emulate the outdoor water experience.
The karmaSUPtra board is made of lightweight, high grade composite resin, with a 3/8″ best grade foam core center for ultimate board strength. Features veil graphics, which cannot fade or wear and a premium grade cork mat surface for optimal traction; the sweatier you get, the sticker it gets…AND YOU WILL SWEAT! Did we mention, the molded composite handle for ease of transportation? The board is supported by a series of inflatable cushions, which serve to increase or decrease board stability and challenge. Work the wobble, feel the magic.
YOUR YOGA PRACTICE INSIDE OUT.
- Innate connection to breath
- Compels full presence and kind, mindful movement
- Supports strength and stability, through intuitive muscular engagement
- Core-based; celebrate the magic of movement from the middle
- Learn to work the wobble; identify and restore compensations/ imbalances
- Improved flexibility and mobility
- Inspired-balance through mind-body-soul integration
- Translates beautifully back to the mat and to the outdoor SUP-Yoga experience
- A playful, fiery practice that will keep you coming back for more!
Long Canadian winters make for an especially short SUP Yoga season
THE SOLUTION? Bring SUP Yoga indoors!
The first time I was introduced to the unique watersport hybrid ‘SUP’ (Stand Up Paddle boarding) I was hooked! I was blown away by how SUP paired so naturally with my yoga practice. SUP-Yoga allows participants to explore their yoga practice out on open waters with the help of a SUP board. This engaging outdoor activity provides a full body workout from strengthening the core, to improving balance, and encouraging mindfulness.
The Inspiration for karmaSUPtra
Julie, much to her delight, stumbled into Stand Up Paddleboarding when a good friend who had been SUP’ing for years suggested, “It may be a good fit with yoga and we should chat”. Immediately, Julie agreed that there was indeed an amazing synergy between the two practices but the only problem was it was the middle of winter! In typical Julie style, waiting for spring to arrive was just way too long, so she thought, ‘Let’s introduce an Indoor Sup Yoga Program; make our own boards, and get clients excited and ready for an upcoming summer of SUP on water!’ With support from family and friends, karmaSUPtra was created, and both the boards and classes were successfully launched at her studio in Uxbridge. Clients raved about the experience!
Julie came into the SUP life through the path of yoga and it was not until summer arrived that she finally had the opportunity to take SUP to the water. Immediately, she fell more madly in love! Fueled by this new passion, Julie promptly completed her SUP Yoga Teacher Training/ Paddle Into Fitness Certification and Level 1 WPA SUP Instructor Certification with Gillian Gibree at SUPGirlz in Toronto, ON. She is pretty sure she smiled through the entire training; marveling at the SUP-Yoga union and the playfulness it infuses into the practice of yoga, not to mention the incredible connection to nature and water. Pure bliss.
Julie skipped away from the training inspired to share SUP Yoga with as many people as possible, and is now a proud Ambassador and Affiliate of the Paddle Into Fitness Team!
What’s SUP Anyway?
SUP is the acronym for one of the world’s fastest growing sports, Stand Up Paddleboarding. This unique water sport is a hybrid of surfing, where the surfer uses a paddle to move through the water while standing on a surfboard…from a blissful lake cruise, to a rockin’ river ride, SUP serves up a spectrum of rich life experiences for both the recreational paddler and the adrenaline junkie!
How did SUP come to be? It likely comes as no surprise, that the modern sport of SUP had its origins in the Hawaiian Islands, where in the early 1960’s the Beach Boys (not the musicians- ha!ha!) of Waikiki would stand on their long boards and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf. Fast forward to the early 2000’s when Hawaiian surfers including Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana and Laird Hamilton started to SUP as an alternative way to train while the surf was down. Today, and worldwide, one can find SUP’ers catching waves in the line-up of surfing hot spots and competing in SUP Races of varying distance, challenge and skill level. Without doubt, this all age’s activity has exploded into a global phenomenon in its own right!
How is SUP different from surfing? One of the key differences between surfing and SUP is that a wave is NOT necessarily required for enjoyment of the latter. In fact, there is a plethora of SUP options available for those who prefer more peaceful waters; one may paddle the open sea, harbors, lakes, ponds and rivers. And for the explorers out there, the upright body position in SUP offers a vantage point that allows deeper visibility into the water and further across the surface of the water, thus providing greater insight into the bounty of life beneath its surface.