We’re more than happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your SUP yoga experience. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, please feel free to contact us.
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I’ve never been on a stand up paddle board. Will I fall in?
Maybe. Falling in happens…on paddle boards, on the Earth, in life. Our exploration lifts off when we touch down and observe the mind’s tendencies when falling happens. The practice is to jump back onto the board and give every movement, every breath 100%.
I’ve never tried yoga before. Will the postures be accessible?
One of the many beauties of yoga is that each practitioner is free to take things at their own pace. If you remain mindful of your breath while laying down for the entire class, you will still be in perfect practice. That being said, classes have been designed to be accessible to all levels, giving newer practitioners options to ease into postures and seasoned yogis and yoginis modifications to deepen postures, affording everyone the opportunity to kiss their ever-changing edge of challenge.
I’m not yet in the best shape. Is this a lot of core work?
It is a lot of core work…and, you can do it! We find that building a strong and flexible body and mind are the side effects of enjoying movement melded with breath on the beautiful Puget Sound. By being completely in the moment, surrounded by nature and your supportive peers, you will gain a strong core without meaning to. How’s that for accidentally on purpose?!
How much does a SUP yoga class cost?
Single classes cost $25 — and we have a wide variety of passes to accommodate those who want to partake more frequently. You can find out all about our passes here.
What is included in the cost of a class?
Use of stand up paddle boards and attached life jackets, paddles (we’d be up a creek without them) a short SUP lesson, a guided paddle and yoga lesson. Wetsuits and booties are complimentary for those who purchase their class/class pass at full price. If you’ve scored a super-duper discount through a promotional deal, we must charge a rental fee for wetsuits and booties as we would simply break the bank otherwise. The good news- the rental fee is only $5!
If I bring my own SUP board, will the cost of my class be reduced?
Positively! Your class cost will be reduced by $5.00.
Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes. Because the body needs to move freely on the board, we do not wear life vests or the board’s ankle leash during the yoga practice portion of class. If you fall in, you must be able to tread water, swim back to your board and climb back on…and, smile (if you’re into the advanced version of the Fall In posture).
What should I wear?
If opting for a wetsuit, and booties ($5 rental fee for discounted classes) please wear a swimsuit to create a powerful forcefield between you and the wetsuit. If not taking the wetsuit route, come in comfortable, stretchy layers that you would still be cozy in if you were to get soaking wet. When the much-welcomed sun is warming up Seattle, kissing the shore goodbye in a swimsuit is the thing to do. We recommend a few downward facing dogs in the mirror at home to ensure your comfort and modesty needs are met. Having a sweatshirt on hand can be a lifesaver when it’s time for the final relaxation on the board. For traversing asphalt, grass, pebbles and shells, water-safe shoes are recommended (i.e., flip-flops, water sandals or sexy aqua socks). Once the yoga practice begins you can stow your shoes on the board. Lastly, and most importantly, sun protection is recommended even on the cloudiest of days. Seattle sells more sunglasses per capita than any other city in the nation…we tend to loose track of them on the not so sunny days. Check your sunglass stash and bring the pair that you don’t mind sacraficing to the high seas or secure them to yourself with a super-cool string. If it’s too much work to pack for this event, worry not- Surf Ballard sells affordable sunglasses, string attachments, swimsuits, flip flops…skateboards.
How many people are in a class?
To ensure individual attention for each student, each class allows for a maximum of 8 participants. This is all the more reason to register for your class early and to be sure to kindly inform WASUP Yoga if you must cancel your attendance so that someone else may take your place.
How early do I need to be at Surf Ballard on the day of my class?
What a wonderful question- thank you! On the day of your class, please arrive at Surf Ballard 15 minutes before your class start time. We want to make sure that there is plenty of time for you to coordinate gear, suit up, go to the bathroom, get your bearings — and still get a full hour of practice in. Please know your ship will sail if you are not present by the start of class.
Is it alright if I bring my camera?
Of course. We ask that you check in with the group before taking pictures that might include others. WASUP Yoga is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items. Please take every precaution to keep your camera safe and well on the water.
May I bring my child?
Children 12 years old and up are welcome to take the WASUP Yoga class with a parent or guardian. Otherwise, we do not currently provide services for caring for the mini SUP yogis.
Is parking available?
Certainly! Our parking lot is shared with the ever popular and delectable Paseo Restaurant. When the parking lot is full, street parking is plentiful. Please do not park across the street in the Ballard Elk’s lot.
Where can I leave my valuables while I’m out on the water?
Please leave your most valued valuables at home and lock the rest in your car. You are welcome to leave your car keys with a Surf Ballard staff member behind the front desk. Surf Ballard and WASUP Yoga are not responsible for loss or damage to personal items.
Do you have showers I can use after class?
We sure do! It’s a quirky, rustic outdoor warm water (for the first 10 minutes) shower. Please bring a towel and any necessary toiletries.
Are you available for private lessons?
Bring it! Simply email us the times you’d like a private lesson (excluding the times classes are already scheduled) and the number of participants and we’ll set something up.
What is your cancellation policy?
Because we keep the classes limited to 8 people to afford each student specialized attention, it is important that you notify us of a cancellation 24 hours before the class start time so that someone else can take your place. To cancel your class, please send us an email (please don’t call by phone) telling us the day and time of the class you wish to cancel — and if would like to reschedule or receive a refund. If you’d like to cancel your class within the 24 hour cut off period, a refund/rescheduling will not be possible but an email would be greatly appreciated by your fellow classmates so that your place can be used.
Will you still hold class if it’s raining?
We will still be out enjoying the verdant Northwest under lightly rainy clouds. We embrace the reality of Seattle weather by donning wet suits and building internal heat with an active paddling and yoga practice. If a storm is a brewin’ and the wind and rain prove to be too strong for a practice, WASUP Yoga will contact you by phone at least one hour before your class start time. Please be sure to include the best phone number to reach you at when registering online for classes.