Bio: I got on my first SUP when a friend asked me to go with her to a SUP yoga class 4 years ago. After that first class, I was hooked. I grew up a lake kid. Being on the water has always been an important part of my life, but was a big missing piece as an adult.
After finding SUP, I bought my own board, and began teaching the next season. Then bought a race board and started racing and distance paddling.
Because of saying yes to one SUP yoga class, I’ve completed numerous SUP races, finished the 31 mile Chattajack race twice, teach both SUP yoga and Intro to SUP classes, and made a ton of awesome friends.
I love it all, I love the connection to water and nature. I love the variety it brings to my existing yoga practice. Poses that were automatic in the studio are given a fresh new challenge on the water. Most importantly, I love the community of friends of made through yoga and paddling.
Off the water, I’m a Physical Therapy Assistant with a specialty in Canine Rehabilitation.
Hometown: Nashville, TN.
What does being a Glide Yogi mean to you? It means showing people that anyone can do SUP yoga. If you’re coming with an open mind and a sense of adventure, then you are set. Guiding anyone that wants to experience practicing on water from a serious yogi, to a hard core paddler, to a beginner in both yoga and paddling is what I love.
Top three songs in your yoga playlist? I’m horrible at selecting music. Pandora has been a life saver for me. That one of the greatest things about practicing on the water, you have the wind, water and wildlife, you don’t need music.
Favorite Pose(s) for SUP yoga? SUP Yoga can allow you to get a little braver than you might be otherwise, because falling in water is a lot better than falling on a studio floor. So I love to play with all kinds of different poses like inversions and arm balances. However, there’s nothing better than savasana while floating and letting your hands feet dangle in the water.
Best advice for beginner SUP Yoga: Don’t be afraid to try, and don’t be afraid to fall. I think a lot of yogis don’t try SUP yoga because of intimidation or they are afraid they might fall in the water. That’s part of the fun!! Once you fall in, the walls we have built around us come crashing down, and then practice becomes really fun.
Fav post Paddle Eats? Mexican! Margaritas and paddling are a match made in SUP heaven.
Words to live by: “It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” Walt Disney
If you could meet any person dead or alive who would it be? One person?? There are so many! Walt Disney is the first to pop into my head, probably because I just quoted him.
Facebook: Nashville Paddle Co.
Katy Chaille Clarke