Let Our Guide Help You Find The Ultimate SUP Yoga Board
When people are out in the water on their stand up paddle board, you’ll find that many choose to engage in relaxing and do-your-body-good exercise. The most common form of exercise to do is SUP yoga.
ISLE Airtech® 10’4 Womens Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board for Yoga Package
Our favorite for 2017
FLOW 9’9″ Yoga Stand Up Paddle Board with Paddle
A great value option
Advanced Elements Lotus YSUP Yoga Inflatable Stand Up Paddle Board
A paddle board with style!
Yoga on a stand up paddle board is the perfect balance between a blissful workout, difficulty and relaxation.
The water allows for the prefect yoga mindset, and the wind blowing off of the surf cools the body while adding an extra element to your exercise: increased stability difficulty. Getting into warrior pose may be a breeze on solid ground, but it’s harder when the waves are knocking the paddle board around, causing you to engage more stabilization muscles in the process.
We’re going to be reviewing three SUPs recommended for yoga, and a few key points to pay close attention to include:
- Deck Size: Yoga requires a wider and longer deck to get into proper stances. You need to be able to maintain proper form even out on the water, so look for a deck that has a size of at least 32” in width and 9’ in length.
- Firmness: The SUP needs to be firm so that your yoga session is a success. Always look at the PSI or firmness details to choose a paddle board that is just the right firmness for yoga.
- Stability: The stability of the board ensures you’re not knocked off in the middle of the lake due to a sudden gust of wind. Fins, higher firmness and deck size will all lead to a more stable experience.
Reviews of the Best SUPs for Yoga
ISLE Airtech® 10’4 Women’s Inflatable – Designed specifically for women, this board can support riders of up to 205 pounds. A carrying bag and a smooth deck allow for easy pose transitions, while the 10’4 length of the deck ensures a well-balanced yoga session.
The nose is wide and the tail further adds to stability. The board can be inflated to 15 PSI.
A width of 31” is a little on the smaller side, but the large nose allows this to be the perfect SUP for yoga. The large nose and tail allow for added stability despite the 31” width. The travel fin is removable and adds to stability.
FLOW 9’9″ Yoga Stand Up Paddle Board – The Flow is a great Yoga board, and there is a diamond groove that’s heat embossed to provide supreme traction even if your feet are slightly wet. Affordable and mid-range, this deck also uses PVC material and drop-stitch to provide superb durability.
Maximum user weight is rated at 205 pounds.
The package also includes 3 fins, an aluminum paddle, carry strap and pump. Width-wise, this board is 32”, which is the preferred width for wider stance positions. And downward facing dog is a breeze on the Flow.
The Flow is a great balance between affordability and features needed to do yoga on a SUP.
Ten Toes iSUP Inflatable Standup Paddleboard – At first glance, it’s easy to overlook this SUP, but it’s one of the best on the market for yoga even though it doesn’t promote itself as such. This board’s dimensions are 10’ in length and 6” in thickness.
The width of the deck is slightly smaller at 30”, so this may be a better choice for smaller users or kids doing yoga.
But if you are on the shorter side, you’ll love this board. Military-grade PVC is used in the construction of the board, and it can hold up to 250 pounds in weight, so you can bring a child or friend out on the water, too.
With 3 removable fins, this is the ideal choice for calm waters.
Lotus YSUP Inflatable SUP Board – The Lotus YSUP is a high-end model, but it provides an extra wide board for added grip, stability and comfort. Featuring a 6” deck, this model also offers double layered outer skin for superior durability even in rough waters.
Often sold out, this model weighs 28 pounds and has a deck length of 10’ x 32”.
Perfect for travel, the YSUP is able to provide grip that very few paddle boards can offer. Inflatable in just ten minutes, many yoga instructors recommend this paddle board because of the superior grip on the deck and the unmatched stability.
You can even attach the paddle to the board so that it’s out of the way during your yoga session.
Mermair Inflatable Yoga Paddle Board – The Mermair is designed for yoga, and its larger size provides the best surface area for practicing yoga. This model has a 10’6 length and a width of 35” while offering 4 tie-down points that can be used to attach a cooler, yoga blocks or even just the paddle so it’s not in your way during your session.
The center fin further boosts stability.
What makes this model really stand out is that it can be inflated to 25 PSI, which means it’s the “hardest” SUP on our list, offering the ideal firmness for performing yoga. The only downside is that you’ll need to buy the paddle separately.
Buyer’s Guide – How To Choose The Best Paddle Board For Yoga
You’ve already established that you want to perform yoga on your SUP, and this cuts away many of the obstacles when trying to choose the best paddle board. Since yoga is your main focus, you’ll need to adhere to more stringent criteria.
- Type: It only makes sense to choose a model that promotes itself for use with yoga. SUPs that are geared towards yoga have a better overall stability and will have a better grip on the deck so that you lower your risk of falling off while getting into a pose.
- Price: The price range is varied greatly from budget to high-end for a good SUP, so choose the best in your budget range. The added cost will reflect higher-quality materials and better overall stability, so keep that in mind.
- Nose: The nose or front of the deck should be wider to allow for proper hand and foot placement. If you go into downward dog, for example, you need to have a wider nose so that your hands are not too close together during the pose.
- Extras: Some models do not come with a paddle, which is a necessity unless you’re using your SUP in the pool. These extras are not too expensive, but they do add to the overall price. You may be purchasing a cheaper model, but the extras can inflate the price so much that you would have saved money with a more stable SUP. So, keep the cost of extras in mind when making your purchase.
Aim to find the right SUP for you by looking at: stability, firmness and durability.