YOGAqua brings the practice and art of Yoga into perfect fusion with Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding. Students experience all the benefits of Yoga and SUP while practicing under the sun on the beautiful ocean water.
A YOGAqua class is 90 minutes long. The first 30 minutes is dedicated to learning how to properly use a paddle board and peacefully paddling around the harbor. The remaining hour is dedicated to Yoga on the SUP Board. Each board has an individual anchor that is dropped before the Yoga portion of class begins so that the student does not drift away while focusing on their practice. YOGAqua classes are open to “all levels”. Students are taken through a Vinyasa Yoga flow with customized and detailed instruction for the SUP board so even if they have not been practicing Yoga for years, or if they have never been on a SUP Board, they will be able to follow along with no problem. A single class costs $39, however, deals and class packages are offered throughout the year. The cost of a class includes all the equipment needed so you certainly don’t need to bring your own board, perhaps just a towel and a bottle of water for afterwards.
“We live in an amazing city, where we can go surfing in the morning, hiking in the afternoon, Yoga at any of the various studios available to us, but what about combining those elements into one? Get outside, soak up the sun, laugh in the water, and practice your Yoga!” Sarah guarantees that after only one class you will leave feeling strong, refreshed, exhilarated, and inspired !
– Sarah Tiefenthaler, Founder of YOGAqua
Read Sarah’s Story
It was only days after returning home to Los Angeles from a full month of an extensive Yoga teacher training in Costa Rica that Sarah was invited to enjoy a sunny November afternoon trying out Stand Up Paddling (SUP) at Mother’s Beach in Marina Del Rey. There was no question that she was immediately excited for the opportunity to go out on the water as she just returned from a place where she had spent day after day in the magnificence of the Costa Rican jungle practicing Yoga and in her spare time, she was hiking, swimming, and exploring everything the tropical jungle had to offer.
Sarah was clearly still thirsty for any activity in which she could maintain a consistent presence in nature. She had never been on a SUP board before that November afternoon but found it to be quite natural for her. With her obvious passion for Yoga, it was not long before Sarah began to experiment with Yoga poses on the boards which was the spark that would very quickly lead to YOGAqua. For the next few weeks, Sarah ventured out onto the water with a SUP board, experimenting with Yoga poses and sequences, testing them out, then revising again over and over until she developed a sequence that really worked, that any level of Yoga practitioner could enjoy but still be challenged by at the same time. From there, she began teaching weekly classes at Mothers Beach through a local Stand Up Paddle Board shop in Venice, California.
It didn’t take long before every week new and returning students would come out for the class, each class filled up to it’s max. Sarah felt the locals need for a new Yoga experience and saw their joy in being outside on the water, under the bright sun while flowing through their new form of Yoga practice.