Reasons to love this pose for SUPing : A killer stretch for the arches of the feet and forearms.
Modifications : Respect the knees! If you feel any sharp sensations, this is not your pose today. Tap out the toes as needed.
Personal notes : I love so many things about this posture. The stretch on the bottom of the feet feels amazing both mid paddle and after long SUP sessions.
The variation of Anjali Mudra is really nice for warming up the wrists and forearms before practicing your arm balances. It also helps to get your carrying grip back in shape if you took the winter off.
Sit on the heels with the toes tucked under. Knees together. Draw the hip bones back a smidge to keep the spine long and notice if you're holding weight off the heels. Do your best to let those hips stay heavy. You'll get a deeper stretch in both the feet and the thighs.
With an inhale, sweep the arms overhead and bring the palms to touch. Exhale as you bring the palms to the heart. Move through another round of breath. As that next exhale breath comes around, slowly turn the finger tips out from the chest and rotate down towards your thighs.
Take some time and intention to press the knuckles of the thumbs together, then move to the index fingers, then the middle fingers and so on. Notice the changes in sensation that move throughout the hands, wrists and forearms.
When you're ready to release, inhale the finger tips back up and exhale as you bring your hands down to the board or mat. Release the toes and give them a nice tapping. I like to dip them in the water.
Be gentle with yourself. This pose can be a little uncomfortable to start. Stay in the pose and breathe deeply for as long as you can.
Release and maybe repeat a few times, changing up your arm stretch (Eagle Arms, Reverse Namaskar, Cow Face) or let the arms relax in your lap.