What is Stand-Up Paddle Board or SUP?

SUP is a fun and challenging new way to play on the water that provides an opportunity for excellent low impact exercise to build strength, endurance and balance.

What is SUP Pool Yoga?

SUP Pool Yoga is an exciting new workout that combines water sport and yoga in the moving, unstable environment of the pool to encourage playfulness and fun in your yoga practice. By incorporating a yoga practice on a SUP board, you work to increase core stabilization, train balance, and target smaller muscles that may be over looked in strength training or in a studio practice.

Who practices SUP Pool Yoga?

SUP Pool Yoga is new to everyone and offers a challenging, dynamic workout regardless of your yoga experience. Even the most advanced yogi must come back to the novice practice to find focus and mindfulness on the board.

What should I expect in a SUP Pool Yoga class?

Classes consist of a 60 minute slow flowing, beginner yoga class on a yoga specific SUP board. By adding this new challenge of the unstable, moving environment of the water to a yoga practice, it is necessary to slow down, focus intently, and move carefully in and out of each posture. The instructor will provide on-deck instruction and assistance for safe entry and exit of the pool.

Where do I practice SUP Pool Yoga?

SUP pool yoga is offered through Orange Recreation at the Orange High School Pool.  Open to the Public.

How deep is the pool?  What happens if I fall off during class?  

We practice SUP Pool Yoga in the diving pool at Orange High School .  The water is 12' deep and there are lifeguards present at all times.  If you fall into the water, simply grab onto the handle of the board and pull your torso onto the board.  Try to allow yourself to be less than perfect and accept whatever happens.  It is only water and falling off indicates that you are engaged and pushing yourself to your limits on the unstable surface.  It happens.  Falling is an opportunity to pause, offer yourself loving kindness and be really present in the moment.  This is where the actual yoga exists in this on board practice.  If you get wet, it is reminder to let go of your seriousness and laugh.  

What do I wear?

The goal is to stay dry and out of the water, but you should prepare to get wet just in case. You should wear fitted, light weight, quick drying yoga clothing, active wear or a full coverage bathing suit, that allows for easy movement. Avoid cotton, fleece, or anything excessively baggy.

Is there an ID requirement or an age limit to participate?

Participants must be at least 16 years of age to practice SUP pool yoga.   

Is a membership required to participate?

No, you do not need to be a member or resident of Orange to participate. 

Are there any other requirements for participation?

Participants must be able to swim unassisted, listen to verbal instruction or watch visual instruction, have good body awareness and movement skills and the ability to focus.

What is the cancellation policy for inclement weather or if I change my mind?

Our priorities are safety and providing you with an amazing experience.  If there is a threat of inclement weather we will notify you by email no later than 1 hour prior to the start time of class that a cancellation is necessary.  You will be receive a class credit that may be used to reschedule.  If you decide to cancel prior to 8 pm the night prior to the class for any reason, you will also receive a class credit for rescheduling.  Cancellations that occur after the cut-off time or no shows for class will result in a loss of class credit.  No refunds will be issued unless the class is cancelled by Shaka Fitness for weather or low enrollment.  

What is Stand-Up Paddle Board or SUP and how are Shaka Fitness classes different? 

SUP is a fun and challenging new way to play on the water that provides an opportunity for excellent low impact exercise to build strength, endurance and balance.  Shaka Fitness classes are offered on equipment that is specifically designed for practicing yoga.  Our boards accommodate everyone and are more stable than many other types of paddle boards, which allows students to focus on the experience rather than struggling to stay on the board.  

Do I need to know how to paddle board in order to take an Outdoor SUP yoga class?

No previous paddle boarding or yoga experience is necessary to take our classes.  However, you must be able to swim.  Each outdoor class includes land based instruction that prepares you to launch your board and enjoy a safe and successful SUP adventure.   

What should I expect in an Outdoor SUP Yoga Class?

Classes consist of a 10 minutes of land based safety and paddle instruction.  We then launch our boards and spend 10 minutes practicing our paddling skills to reach the destination for our practice.  The paddling serves as a pre-warm up for the fitness class.  The yoga class consists of 60 minute slow flowing, beginner yoga class.  By adding this new challenge of the unstable, moving environment of the water to a yoga practice, it is necessary to slow down, focus intently, and move carefully in and out of each posture.  

What happens if I fall in during class?  

We anchor our boards in an area of the flat water lake or river that is about 10' in depth.  The instructor is trained in water rescue and safety and will provide you with assistance in the water or if you have any trouble getting back to your board.  You will have a personal flotation device or life jacket available on your paddle board and will be required to wear a whistle to use as a distress signal, if necessary .   If you fall into the water, simply grab onto the handle of the board,  pull your torso onto the board and your legs up once your body is stable.  Try to allow yourself to be less than perfect and accept whatever happens.  It is only water and falling off indicates that you are engaged and pushing yourself to your exploratory limit on the unstable surface of the board.  It happens.  Falling is an opportunity to pause, offer yourself loving kindness and be really present in the moment.  This is where the actual yoga exists in your SUP yoga practice.  If you get wet, it is reminder to let go of your seriousness and laugh.  

Where do I practice Outdoor SUP Yoga?   How is flat water paddle boarding different?

We love Lake Erie, but there are many advantages to learning stand-up paddle boarding in flat water and to practicing SUP yoga in an environment that eliminates the additional challenges of changeable water conditions and boat traffic.  Shaka Fitness offers outdoor SUP Yoga is in some of the most beautiful inland waterways around the city, such as Coe Lake in Berea, Punderson State Park in Newbury Twp,  LaDue Reservoir in Bainbridge, as well as others.  Outdoor SUP Yoga is also offered in area outdoor swimming pools for an less organic, but equally fun and challenging fitness experience.  

Is there an ID requirement or age limit to participate?

Participants must be at least 18 years old for SUP yoga and must have a valid ID to leave with the instructor (for rentals) in order to participate.  Youth under 18 years of age can participate in lessons/rentals if accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Family and youth programming require parent signature for participation.  

What are the requirements?

Participants must be able to swim unassisted, listen to verbal instruction or watch visual instruction, have good body awareness and movement skills and the ability to focus.  You will also be required to wear a PDF and whistle for rentals and for SUP yoga it is required that you keep a life jacket on board and wear a whistle, safety equipment is provided by Shaka Fitness in all cases but BYO SUP yoga.   

What do I wear?

The goal is to stay dry and out of the water, but you should prepare to get wet just in case. You should wear fitted, light weight, quick drying yoga clothing, active wear or a bathing suit, that allows for easy movement. Avoid cotton, fleece, or anything excessively baggy.  Don't forget to wear sunscreen and you may want to bring a hat and sunglasses for extra protection from the sun.  

What is the cancellation policy for inclement weather or if I change my mind?

Our priorities are safety and providing you with an amazing experience.  If there is a threat of inclement weather, we will notify you by email no later than 1 hour prior to the start time of class that a cancellation is necessary.  You will be receive a class credit that may be used to reschedule.  If you decide to cancel prior to 8 pm the night prior to the class for any reason, you will also receive a class credit for rescheduling.  Cancellations that occur after the cut-off time or no shows for class will result in a loss of class credit.  No refunds will be issued unless the class is cancelled by Shaka Fitness for weather or low enrollment.