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Five Places to Take SUP Yoga Near Boston

This summer, hit the board instead of the mat.

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SUP yoga photo via istock.com/JMichl

If you’re looking to shake up your yoga practice this summer, why not take it to the seas? Once a niche fitness activity, SUP yoga—that is, yoga on a stand-up paddleboard—is now offered in locations all over New England, including here in the Boston area.

In addition to raising your Instagram cred, SUP yoga classes are a great workout. Practicing on an unsteady surface recruits extra core strength, making poses you could do in your sleep at the studio refreshingly challenging. Plus, who doesn’t love a workout in the great outdoors?

Here are five places to take SUP yoga near Boston:

Adventure Activities at Everwood
Sharon

Paddle into the calm waters of Lake Massapoag, then flow through an hour of modified vinyasa yoga during Adventure Activities’ sunset classes. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before—class begins with a paddleboarding tutorial on dry land.

$49, Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. Everwood at Lake Massapoag, 128 Lakeview St., Sharon, adventureactivitiesusa.com.

Boating in Boston
Hopkinton

In addition to SUP yoga, Boating in Boston (which actually runs its classes in Hopkinton) offers SUP Fitness classes, which bring cardio, flexibility, strength, and balance onto the board.

SUP Yoga: $35, multiple dates and times. SUP Fitness: $35, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 p.m. Hopkinton State Park, 164 Cedar St., Hopkinton, boatinginboston.com.

Cape Ann SUP
Gloucester

These aquatic classes run for roughly 75 minutes, but can be as long as an hour and a half. Most classes take place at Ipswich’s Pavilion Beach, although you’ll find others scattered along the North Shore.

$35, Sundays, 8 a.m., and Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m. Visit capeannsup.com for locations.

SUP Sonas
Braintree

SUP Sonas periodically offers hour-long SUP yoga classes on Sunset Lake in Braintree. Keep your eye out for special full moon classes, which start after dark.

$45, various dates and times. Sunset Lake, Franklin St., Braintree, supsonas.com.

SUP-Yo
Boston, Hingham, Beverly, Newburyport, Amesbury

This company offers morning and sunset SUP yoga classes all along the Massachusetts and New Hampshire coastlines. Some yoga and SUP experience is recommended, but there is a lesson at the beginning. Check the website for upcoming events.

$40. Multiple dates, times, and locations, sup-yo.com.