TITIKAxME | Queenie, SUP Yoga Instructor
TITIKA sports-bra and mesh around skirt
Imagine starting your day off on a paddle board, with an endless blue sky overhead and waves in the background. For a lucky few, this is a typical Bahamas morning. For the rest of us, it can be a struggle to live our dream lives and still survive in the real world. Meet Queenie, a SUP yoga instructor who makes her dreams a reality every single day.
Unlike traditional yoga, SUP yoga highlights the importance of being close to nature by having yogis practice their poses on paddle boards. SUP yoga is aimed at building confidence, balance and mindfulness of the self. Balancing even the most basic pose is a challenge on a paddleboard as focus and determination are crucial to stay afloat. Just like real life, you need to get out of the comfort zone to bring new and refreshing experiences!
Doing SUP yoga in the Bahamas
Be true to yourself and you will be set free
Almost all students start paddle yoga for the wrong reasons, like to achieve a toned body. As time goes on, their perspective changes and SUP becomes part of their lifestyle. Six packs are great but that’s just outer beauty. Knowing and being in tune with one’s true self is real beauty. Accept who you are and follow your heart!
Quick Q&A with Queenie
How is SUP yoga different from regular yoga?
Figuratively speaking, paddle yoga removes barrier between 4 walls and nature. Since waves can be unpredictable, one needs to be more focused and have a stronger core to stay afloat. All the concentration also makes it is easier to practice meditation.
What’s your daily wardrobe since you’re on-the-go all the time?
I can usually be found yoga-friendly outfits; I also have clothes I can wear to social functions. One reason why I love Titika is its versatility; I can mix and match its collection to accommodate all my different daily activities. For paddle yoga (SUP) the outfits have to be highly functional. I never wear the same styles every day. I like mixing and matching the various designs from Titika, like a sports bra and leggings for different looks
Do you follow a daily mantra?
“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche
What advice would you give to beginners?
Safety first -- if you’re not a good swimmer, stay in shallow water. Second, when you fall in the water just get back up!
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