As a ACA (American Canoe Association) L2 SUP Instructor, I have been teaching Standup Paddle boarding and SUP Yoga since 2011. I wouldn't be who I am without this connection in my life. My yoga teaching career started in 2009 - and I continue teaching to this day, albeit a little different than just a few years ago - now I'm online thru Zoom as well as outdoors at the local parks - but there is so much to be thankful for each and every day. Enjoy some of my favorite photos from my classes and adventures on the water. Also, have a look at my SUP & Yoga website, EPICYogaFlow.com
Life is full of meandering paths. If our path was smooth and straight, we wouldn’t become the people we are. The bumps I encountered in the road are when I was forced to persevere. When I first learned to paddle board, I was terrified of falling off my board. I wouldn’t allow myself to relax, my muscles became so tense I wasn’t able to breath and notice my surroundings. When I learned to relax, to ground into my feet, to remain rooted and upright and strong – well, after that anything was possible, and still is. Paddle boarding is the ultimate parallel of life. We fear falling in every sense of the word, but it’s when we fall, and learn to fall with grace, that’s when we become who we are destined to be. This is why teaching paddle boarding with yoga is my truest life’s passion. It’s incredible when I see my students move thru the stages of fear and lack of confidence and in the end, emerge determined and strong – it’s beautiful. ~Mary Lou
As a paddler, my company has been focused on sustainability towards our lakes & beaches before SUP and SUPYoga became the buzz word that is it today. We are committed to continue working with those who hold the same values towards our natural environment and reducing negative human impact on our lakes and rivers on which we play.