Caitlin Lawson was born and raised in the small beach town of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Cait’s first love was the ocean and started surfing at the age of eight, when her dad would push her into waves the small, forgiving waves of the Carolina shore. Throughout her adolescent years Cait surfed competitively in amateur and select Junior Pro & Pro surfing events. It was in college where she discovered yoga and its benefits after suffering a knee injury.
A natural athlete, Cait had never been forced to stay off of her feet for so long and yoga was her way back to movement and freedom. In December 2012 Cait graduated from the University of North Florida with a B.S. in Mass Communication and the following summer she completed her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training at Big Fish Power Yoga Studio, a Registered Yoga School through the Yoga Alliance.
Shortly after her training, Cait relocated to Rincon, Puerto Rico where she is currently living, teaching, and surfing. She offers yoga classes at Rincon’s Wellness Center, Centro La Paz, teaches weekly SUP Yoga at the Marina of Rincon, and also offers private yoga, SUP yoga and surfing/paddleboard lessons through her company and Rd2Happiness Surf Lessons, Rentals & Eco-Tours.
Cait is a RYT-200, WPA Level 1, ASI Level 1, a certified SUP Yoga instructor, and registered Lifeguard through the USLA. Her goal as a yoga/surf instructor/human being is to empower others to find their own strength, their own confidence, and their own light. Caitlin is an advocate for living a healthy, positive lifestyle, and is proud to be an ambassador for Glide SUP.
Current Location: Rincon, Puerto Rico
Hometown: Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
What does being a Glide Yogi mean to you?
To me, being a Glide Yogi means that I am dedicated to safely and positively sharing my passion for SUP and SUP yoga with others. I appreciate the honesty, integrity and quality that encompasses Glide, and those commitments, in return, inspire me to live and teach from a place of authenticity.
Top three songs in your yoga playlist?
Sun Hands by Local Natives
Lower the Heavens by The Donkeys
Chapter of the Forest by Trevor Hall
Favorite Pose(s) for SUP Yoga?
Half Pigeon Pose, Camel & Shoulderstand
Best advice for beginner SUP Yoga:
Have fun, be able to laugh at yourself & don’t take it too seriously!
Fave post-paddle eats?
A fruit smoothie with ALOHA dried greens or anything from Carta Buena or Jack’s Shack!
Words to live by?
“To truly understand the surf and the natural world, one must love it unconditionally. It is much the same in beginning to understand each other. Everything is always moving out in the waves and this is why surfing becomes such a beautiful metaphor for life. Because life doesn’t hold still for anyone, if we don’t move with it, life passes us by. The basic lesson of surfing is to go with the flow smoothly and be in the moment spontaneously. In this way, we get the most out of the wave as well as out of life.”
- Gerry Lopez
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