Hometown: Issaquah, WA
Why I love to SUP and how I discovered it:
I was a prone paddler for 10+ years when I was an open water lifeguard. For my 30th birthday (March 2014) I decided I wanted to take my yoga instructing to the next level. I signed up for a SUP Yoga Teacher Training with Bliss Paddle Yoga in Laguna Beach, CA. Before I attended the training I wanted to actually try SUP, so I went to the 2014 Outdoor Adventure Expo in Seattle and met Jeff Underwood from Kirkland (NW Paddle Surfer’s) and Corey Dolan from Tacoma (Dolan’s Board Sports). There was a demo pool set up to where I was able to paddle and try yoga on their boards for hours. Corey invited me back the next day to be his “SUP Yoga demo girl”. At the conclusion of the event, Jeff and Corey offered my a position teaching SUP yoga for their rental business in the 2014 Summer season. I was stoked to already have 2 places to teach SUP Yoga that summer.
I completed my training in CA and simply fell in love with SUP. Corey encouraged and motivated me to start racing and in April 2014 I did my first race and won! I was hooked and started paddling/ training everyday on a King’s board and with Kialoa paddle Corey provided to me.
Once the warm weather came, I started teaching outdoors in Kirkland and Tacoma, for Jeff & Corey May through September 2014, then moved to teaching SUP Yoga at indoor pools for the fall and winter. I was certified by Corey in PaddleFit level 1 & 2 October 2014, which really helped me to dial in my paddling technique for racing and become a better instructor.
The 2015 and 2016 season was even more successful. I taught SUP Yoga, PaddleFit lessons, and attended as many races as I could in WA, Idaho, Canada, and Oregon. I have been working hard on expanding my own business, Paddling Yogini. I now have a fleet of boards for my rentals, lessons, and retreats. I am stoked for summer 2017 season!
The body of water you’ll most likely find me on…
Lake Sammamish & Washington, Beaver & Pine Lake, Puget Sound, and the Snoqualmie river.
Which boards I’m riding? Which one is my favorite?
I love the New Asana! Perfect for my PaddleFlow practice! Looking forward to family fun on the Hala Daze this summer, too!
My next dream paddling adventure is:
Back to Hawaii for surf, SUP, sand, & sunshine. I was lucky enough to go to Oahu and Big Island for the first time last year and I’m looking forward to more trips to Hawaii in 2017!
What I do when I am not paddling?
I teach! I teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga; I have a passion for challenging my students and helping them to take their practice to the next level. I am a certified SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) Yoga instructor through Yoga Alliance™, a PaddleFit Core Coach through PaddleFit, a Gold PiYo™ (Pilates/yoga blend) Instructor through BeachBody™, and a TRX™ (suspension training) Instructor through Fitness Anywhere™. I have been a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard and Swim Instructor for over 16 years.
I mother! I have 2 little yogis of my own! I have a 13 year old daughter who is an artist, writer, yogini, & in Martial Arts. I have an 8 year old son, who loves yoga, swimming, SUP & Martial Arts. They are my life and my motivation to excel in life!
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