Paddling Historic Sights and Sup Yoga in Japan

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Katalin Gaspar: The perfect thing for a windsurfer on a calm day: SUP yoga on Lake Balaton. Relax your body :)
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JAPAN, surrounded 360 degrees by the sea and made up of over 6,850 islands has some of the best undeveloped paddling fields in the world.

Yuki Starboard sup yoga
Yuki’s passion for sup yoga has led her to a lifetime practice and fitness in the outdoors. Many women in Japan are just beginning to venture outside for fitness pursuits.

Japan’s historic paddling spots

If you are looking for a new adventure, there are spectacular views and scenery that can only be found in Japan. Two such memorable adventures include paddling around the Shinto Shrines by water or paddling on waterways to view Japan’s oldest castles.  Both of these offer paddlers a spectacular new perspective of historic landmarks.  From my home area of Kagoshima, one can witness best by water the rock faces created over thousands of years of volcanic lava flows.

Yuki Starboard sup yoga
Learning to balance on the water has so many parallels to life. A practice in breath and stillness brings many benefits.

Sup Yoga & Japan

In olden days, Japanese women shied away from exercising out of doors. Now, thanks to the influence of Western culture, outdoor work outs via yoga and running are now getting popular. Stand up paddling is also a popular outdoor activity for women. Both sup and sup yoga lessons and events are being actively held  along the Pacific coast in the Tokyo region and in the south of Japan, especially Kyushu and Okinawa.

One interesting fact:  when it comes to sup yoga, I see many participants try sup yoga as one-time-challenge and not as utilize it as a part of their regular work out routine. It takes more time and effort to get more people to venture out on to the ocean.

Sup yoga is such a beautiful creation for me.  I hope, in the future, many people will come to enjoy sup yoga on the water as a delicious form of outdoor fitness in Japan.

Yuki Starboard Sup yoga
Visit Japan to witness its culture and historic sights from your perspective on a paddle board.

Written by Yuki:  @yuki98198
 Starboard Sup Yoga ambassador

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Evelyn O'Doherty, editor & publisher of the new Standup Journal 2.0 is a former school teacher gone rogue. She left her career as a teacher in order to spend more time near or on the water after learning to surf turned her life around (upsidedown?). She is a year-round surfer and paddler living on the eastern tip of Long Island in NY who is a certified SUP instructor, seasoned SUP racer and avid longboard surfer. Evelyn was hired as Online Editor to Standup Journal in 2016. Her passion for the project quickly led to her success and eventually taking over the mag herself in Oct. 2018. Today, as editor, publisher and chief bottle washer at Standup Journal, Evelyn keeps her toes wet writing, traveling, paddling, surfing, and learning to foil. You can find her most days paddling out on Gardiner's Bay or surfing Ditch Plains in Montauk, NY.