Today Health came out with the top fitness fads that should go away in 2014 and guess what? SUP Yoga was on the list between pole dancing and gas-mask training. Granted, it's listed as a Yoga Mashup, in other words, things people impose on yoga because it isn't hard enough on its own.
"Yoga mash-ups. “Yoga’s not good enough on its own any more,” says Stanton, a spokesperson for the American College of Emergency Physicians or ACEP. “Now you have to turn up the temperature or do it on a paddleboard.” Or do it naked while suspended from the ceiling in a white “anti-gravity” bundle. Aside from being just plain silly, some of these yoga mash-ups can be risky. Stanton says he’s treated people who’ve passed out in hot yoga classes and warns that the practice can be dangerous for people with heart disease. Stand-up paddleboard or SUP yoga also carries a risk — of ending up in a video like this."
I've actually watched this part of the sport from afar for a while. I have no comment, except that it's getting better. For years, I cringed when non-yoga instructors taught yoga on paddleboards, or when non-paddlers taught anything on a SUP. Also, having people do anything on a board that they can't do on land, from a fitness POV, is always an interesting proposition. As an adjunct to a fitness workout on a paddleboard, SUP yoga is awesome—especially in places where there is yoga instructor who is also a paddleboard instructor on calm water, not above a reef, sharks or pihrannas and unaffected by the wind. Where I live, the currents, wind and boat wakes make SUP yoga a challenge.
The bottom line: Do what you love. Don't worry about what others say. Except for me: I don't think you are like prancersizers. I think you're having fun, practicing and enjoying life. Keep at it.
I'm still laughing at the prancerize. Sorry all of you prancercizers. I had never heard of it before. Awesome.