Who doesn’t love SUP yoga!  Stand Up Paddle boarding is all the rage.  Adding yoga to the SUP experience is the perfect marriage of fitness, fun, and mindfulness on a beautiful, serene body of water.  Karma SUPtra is an extension of that love, indoors.

 

 

SUP Paddleboarding on Water

 

SUP is the much loved acronym for Stand Up Paddle boarding and is similar to rowing a kayak, except the user stands up.  Done on placid lakes to raging rapids, navigating the movement of the water while staying erect enables balance and strength, so SUP has become a sport of choice for a wide range of ages and abilities, and is equally loved by both genders.

 

SUP Surfer by Michael Dawes

 

Believed to have originated in Hawaii amongst surfers who used paddles to navigate the waves, SUP has been in existence since the mid 2000’s.  Looking to further expand on the SUP experience, Yoga enthusiasts have added yoga practice to the sport of SUP, which has gained rapid interest while moving gradually northward.

But wait!  Here in Canada and the northern United States our water loving season lasts only 3 to 4 months, if we’re lucky.  SUPing in the winter on a frozen lake is no fun at all, and with Fall biting at our heels we need to find an alternative.

 

Karma SUPtra founder Julie Thayer with SUP Yoga boards

 

Lucky for us here at TryBelle Magazine we met Julie Thayer, yoga teacher, studio owner at Vitality Yoga, and founder of Karma SUPtra.  Karma SUPtra is a revolutionary new product that allows us to combine our love of SUP and Yoga, right here on land, INDOORS!  This Canadian made, innovative new product offers us the chance to meet our fitness goals, and SUP Yoga away to our hearts content without falling into a freezing lake.

 

Karma SUPtra indoor yoga boards

Karma SUPtra boards sit on three inflatable discs that mimic the movements of SUP on water, with no need for a paddle.  The cushions assist in increasing or decreasing the stability and challenge of the board. Board dimensions are optimized to ensure space for proper alignment in yoga poses, and the top features a yoga mat surface to reduce slippage. Going into yoga poses on these boards allows us to extend our yoga practice, identify and manage our compensations, and work our core to find that balance.

When in a specific asana, using the Karma SUPtra board identifies imbalances that we may not notice in our mat practice.  Engaging our core and managing our compensations appropriately comes naturally on the Karma SUPtra board, moving you further along in your yoga and SUP practice, and even preparing you for SUP Yoga on water in time for next summer.  Yes, I’m always looking ahead to sunnier days.

Karma SUPtra indoor SUP Yoga boards

These beautiful solid maple boards come in customizable designs and make for unique wall art when not in use.  Coloured yoga mats atop give your practice a joyful dimension.

Julie will be on national television soon (Check out Dragon’s Den March 23, 2016 on CBC at 8:00 p.m.) and Karma SUPtra will be out there for the world to see, so you have no time to waste.  Get in on the action by joining the Karma SUPtra crowd funding campaign.  Not only will you earn great rewards with every donation you make, you will have the chance to be the catalyst for a great company and an innovative genius new SUP Yoga product.

I tried the Karma SUPtra Namaste board, and I have to say I loved every minute of it.  From warrior pose to a full Surya Namaskar flow I was able to pursue stability, and noticed a few imbalances in my posture that I had not yet noticed in my mat practice.  Thanks to the Karma SUPtra board I am working on correcting these postures.  And my headstand?  Hmmmm, let’s not go there.  We’ll leave that to the real pros like Julie.

 

Julie Thayer in headstand on Karma SUPtra SUP Yoga board

 

Why not try it for yourself.  Thanks to  Julie, Karma SUPtra is giving away a brand new Wake UP and Be Awesome board so you can try indoor SUP yoga for yourself, or at your yoga studio.  This board retails at $699.00 and can be yours absolutely free!

All you have to do is:

  • Leave a comment below letting us know if you’ve tried SUP or Yoga and if you’d like to try Karma SUPtra.
  • Share this post using one or more of the social media buttons below.
  • Visit the Karma SUPtra crowd funding site. (Donate today to get Karma SUPtra indoors!)

 

Contest Rules:

  • Giveaway contest is open to anyone with a Canadian or US shipping address.
  • Giveaway contest begins Sep 14, 2015 and ends Oct 7, 2015 11:50pm EST.
  • Winner will be randomly chosen and notified by email on October 11, 2015
  • Winner must reply to notification email by October 25, 2015 11:50pm EST.
  • Failure to accept prize within the designated timeline will result in forfeiture and a new winner may be chosen.
  • Decision on winner is final and prize is non-negotiable, non-substitutable, and non-transferrable.
  • Entering your comment means you are signing up to our giveaway contest and future emails from TryBelle Magazine.

 

THE WINNER OF THE KARMA SUPTRA INDOOR SUP INSPIRED YOGA BOARD IS JALA WHARTON.  THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR ENTRIES.   WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE JALA ON HER NEW BOARD.

 

 

Photo Credits in Order:
Feature Image SUP Yoga on Water: by Benoit Mouren
Paddleboarders on Water:  by Karma Surf Retreat
Surfing in Waves: by Michael Dawes
Remaining Images by: Asia Butterfly

 

56 Comments

Karma SUPtra for Indoor SUP Yoga

  1. Hi there !!! I recently took up Yoga this year and am loving it 🙂 I am a gymnast on the Canadian National team and didn’t get a chance to try out SUP yoga this summer 🙁

    Would absolutely love to win this land SUP board. (Seeing as winter is coming) 🙂

    Can’t wait !
    Xoxo

  2. I tried SUP yoga in Maui and loved it!! But living in the heart of America, I don’t get very many chances to get out on the water. The SUP indoor board looks like a lot of fun!!

  3. I’ve never tried SUP but it seems to add another challenge to yoga – which is already difficult. Would love to add this to my daily practice!

  4. I absolutely love doing yoga, it’s a daily practice for me. I have not tried SUP before, but the Kama SUPtra sounds like the perfect way to start! I would absolutely love to try the Kama SUPtra!

  5. I would love love love to try Karma Suptra 🙂 looks so fun and unique! I also haven’t ever seen a board for yoga on the market, so this really catches my eye! Hope I win ?

  6. I do yoga poses frequently and live to incorporate it into my exceed use routine. However never tried SUP and would probably love Karma Suptra!

    This sure would be a treat?

  7. I have never tried the Karma SUPtra board but would love to give it a shot! Paddle boarding is extremely popular here at the Emerald Coast in Florida, so I think the Karma SUPtra board would be a hit here!! I have practiced yoga and BUTI Yoga on a paddle board, but would love to put those moves to work on the SUPtra board ?

  8. I lost certainly have tried KarmaSUPtra and I LOVE every minute of this. I would love to own a board of my own and also help share KarmaSUPtras awesomeness with everyone out there who has yet to try!!!!!!!

  9. Would love to win a SUP board!! What an awesome website and contest you have!! I am a yoga teacher and would love to add an indoor SUP board!!! Your boards are sweet.

  10. As the days grow shorter and the water colder, I’ve been trying to reconcile being without my SUP and SUP yoga practice for so many months here in Calgary! I love this concept and the beautiful board and mat designs!

    1. Crashing the party here-ha!ha!, as I am so excited by your comments, feedback and participation in our TryBelle & karma SUPtra board giveaway!!! I am so pumped to share the karma SUPtra experience with one of YOU! Keep it coming…YOU GUYS ROCK!!! Gratitude.Love.Namaste. Julie XO

  11. I love yoga and I love my SUP so when I tried them together this summer it was a match made in heaven. What a great idea for all us winter-bound people. I can see my self practicing and dreaming of summer the whole time!

  12. I’m an ERYT and a huge SUP enthusiast. I love the different sensation that I feel from the energy off the water vs. The energy off the earth. Since I live between Colorado and Florida, there are so many days of cold and snow (Colorado) as well as torrential rain (Florida) that prohit me from getting onto my board. This would be a fantastic solution and a beautiful tool to add to my practice. Light and magic…

  13. I have not been able to try SUP yoga yet but I would love to! This board looks absolutely amazing!!!! I would love to be able to add this unique tool to my practice. I would be honored to be considered to win! 🙂

  14. I love yoga, and I love kayaking and canoeing, but I’ve never had the opportunity to try SUP or SUPyoga, though I would love to have an opportunity to. This product looks super awesome and I would LOVE to try it out!

  15. I love many different types of yoga! It’s a great way to destress after shift work. I work 12 hour days and nights in emergency services. I think it would be great to try a SUP board and learn even more what yoga has to offer.

  16. OMGosh….how awesome! I love SUP and yoga but have never done it outdoors let alone indoors. What innovative ways to marry the too and bring it indoors. Please pick me…I’m 50+ and still in love with trying new things!! 🙂

  17. I tried SUP a couple of weeks ago and fell madly, passionately head over heels in love. I had been wanting to try it since the Spring when I started getting in to a more healthy and fit lifestyle and stopped allowing myself to make excuses for what I really wanted to do. From the second I got on the board I was more hooked than I could ever have imagined. This board would be an amazing way for me to practice through the cold Canadian winter and be ready to buy my own on the water board as soon as it’s warm enough again here! I need, not want, to try Karma SUPtra!

  18. I JUST got my SUP board and am in LOVE. I also do LOTS of YOGA… I am so excited about all the new possibilities and just know that this is going to transform and inform the rest of my life in positive ways !

  19. I am a yoga practitioner with Julie and have been keen to try out SUPtra with her for some time. Looking forward to that happening in the near future!

  20. Having been in Julie’s Karma SUPtra classes, I can attest to how great these boards are – great exercise and a lot of fun at the same time!! And having a board of my own wouldn’t be so bad either….. 🙂

  21. I love SUP and have just recently started SUP Yoga! This looks like a great product. This looks great for a long Canadian winter but I am still trying to get a couple more paddles in before the snow flies!!

  22. You guys are awesome!!! Loving the SUP Yoga love, the great feedback and the comments! Thanks so much for participating in our TryBelle & karma SUPtra Board Giveaway. The countdown is on…a Wake Up & Be Awesome, karma SUPtra, Indoor SUP Yoga Board could be yours oh-so-soon-WOOT!WOOT!
    Julie XO

  23. I love paddleboarding AND yoga, but I live in Chicago, so there are only a few months out of the year when I can be on Lake Michigan.

    I love the idea of keeping up my strength during the cold Chicago winters and challenging my yoga practice as well!

  24. SUP is my passion and YOGA is my breath in each day! I am a Kindergarten teacher when the lakes are frozen and a SUP fitness educator during the glorious summer months in MN! The Karma SUPtra would be an amazing tool to keep me connected to my love of SUP and YOGA during those long winter months. It would be fun to get a crew together that have them and do our practice together! I wish the Karma SUPtra all things good…it looks like it will bring many JOY! So glad my friend shared the link! I will be sharing for sure too! 🙂 -JOY in all things, Dawn

  25. I practice yoga and have had the pleasure of experiencing SUP once in my hometown, which runs along the Chattahoochee River. As a mom of 2 and full time nurse, it is hard to attend the not-so-affordable classes that are offered here as much as I would like to. I would love to have the indoor board so that I could practice and experience the challenges of SUP more frequently!

  26. I practice yoga on a daily basis and have done SUP yoga a couple of times…and loved it! The idea behind Karma SUPtra is brilliant and I would love to try it!

  27. I am a yoga teacher who would love love love to try karma SUPtra looks like so much fun and work! What a great way to bring variety to your practice ❤️

  28. I am a yoga teacher in Phoenix, Arizona and I love SUP and yoga. I tried combining these a few weeks ago…. It was difficult at first but it was an awesome experience and I’d love to try Karma SUPtra! 🙂

  29. I love practising yoga when I wake up and before I go to bed. It’s absolutely the most pleasant way to start/end a day! I have never tried SUP yoga but would love to try it as I love being on the water as well as yoga. This SUPtra namaste board looks incredible and I would be so greatful to try it. I have heard many wonderful things!

  30. I love practising yoga when I wake up and before I go to bed. It is the most incredible way to start/end the day! I love stand up paddle boarding and do so in the summer. I have never tried doing so with yoga but I would absolutely love it! This board presented looks amazing and I would be so greatful to practice yoga on one of my own.

  31. I have tried yoga before but I’ve never had the chance to try SUP yoga. I have wanted to try it for awhile but don’t have it available where I live. Winning an indoor board would be amazing!

  32. I practice yoga but have not had the chance to try SUP yoga. I have wanted to try it for awhile but don’t have it available where I live. Winning an indoor board would be amazing!

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