Sarah Tiefenthaler, owner and founder of YOGAqua, completed her first 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in the tropical jungles of Costa Rica where she focused intensely on the philosophy of Yoga as well as meditation practices. When she returned to Los Angeles, she completed her second 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification in Hollywood, CA at Earth’s Power Yoga where she was able to expand her knowledge of human anatomy and alignment in relation to Yoga. After spending day after day in the magnificence of the Costa Rican jungle, Sarah still longed for any activity in which she could maintain a consistent presence in nature.When Sarah returned home from Costa Rica in 2010 she soon discovered her passion for Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Boarding; it was the perfect solution that would keep her out in nature, on the water, and under the sun. With her obvious passion for Yoga, it was not long before she began to experiment with Yoga poses on the boards which was just the spark that very quickly lead to the creation of her SUP Yoga company, YOGAqua. YOGAqua was launched on July 17th, 2011 and is based in Marina Del Rey, CA with an additional location at the Skiathos Princess Hotel in Skiathos, Greece.
Sarah has since completed her third Yoga Teacher Training for 100 hours at Maha Yoga in Brentwood, CA and she now offers SUP Yoga Teacher Training Certification courses four times per year as well as SUP Yoga Retreats at some of the most beautiful locations around the world. Sarah is a Reebok Athlete and a brand ambassador for BOGA Yoga Paddle Boards.
Growing up near the beautiful beaches of Southern California and Sydney, Australia, Karina Moore has always had a love for the ocean. As a child her passions included competitive swimming and gymnastics. Later in life she transitioned her workout to yoga (what she considers the adult version of gymnastics), which she has been practicing now for over 15 years.In 2012 Karina left Colorado and returned to her beachside roots, moving to sunny Redondo Beach, CA, where a neighbor introduced her to a standup paddleboard. Despite falling 3 times into the open ocean on her first foray, she was hooked. She felt a balance and stability that was both challenging and addicting. Countless days were spent embracing the cardio core workout of chasing sea lions, dolphins, and whales around the Pacific. One day a friend said “Did you know you can pair your two loves—yoga SUP?” She attended her first SUP Yoga class in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. She has since been inspired to obtain her YOGAqua SUP Yoga teacher certification, as well as the RYT 200-hour teacher training certification during a month long retreat in Nicaragua. Balance on and off the mat (and board) is paramount to her. Karina leads classes with an inclusive approach, a heartwarming message, and a physical challenge that will leave you feeling accomplished.
Christine West is a Los Angeles-based yoga teacher. A Jersey girl with Southern charm and SoCal vibes, Christine’s gypsy soul has taken her across the country and around the world to experience different cultures and gain new perspectives. She co-led a surf, yoga, and service retreat to Nicaragua with SYRV and spent over a year living in Thailand and exploring Southeast Asia. Christine has been teaching yoga since 2010 and became a SUP Yoga instructor in 2011 when Sarah Tiefenthaler created YOGAqua. She is currently the studio manager of yogaraj in West LA where she also leads Vinyasa Yoga classes.
Susan Chong, YT 500, E-RYT 200, CHC (Certified Health Coach) Devoted to health and happiness Susan became certified as a yoga teacher through “Cloud Nine Yoga School”. She later opened her own yoga studio and also became a certified health coach through the “Institute of Integrative Nutrition”. After furthering her studies through “Sundara Yoga Shala” for an additional 200hr certification, she sold her studio (although still teaches there), and sought out new adventures.Being an outdoor enthusiast has led Susan to meet Sarah. She took her first YOGAqua class and instantly fell in love with floating yoga. It was not long at all before she got certified to teach through YOGAqua’s Teacher Training course. Now, even when Susan’s not teaching, you can still find her often in YOGAqua classes and you are also sure to find her on social media with pictures from class. Yoga isn’t Susan’s only passion; devoted to justice for children, she has traveled around the globe to volunteer against Human Trafficking.
Jose Rivera “Yoga Fool” is a Yoga Alliance registered E-RYT200 and H2YO certified Standup Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Instructor. Yoga Fool trained at H2YO with ACA/WPA instructor Julie Roach and at Guruv Yoga with International Yoga Teacher/Presenter Tymi Howard E-RYT500 (in Orlando FL). He teaches across Florida and the U.S. while remaining enrolled at Guruv Yoga in pursuit of his RYT500. Yoga Fool lives in Miami where he is currently deep in the practice and study of Acro, Budokon, SUP, AcroSUP and Thai Yoga through the Vedic Conservatory.
Courtney Regan has always lived and loved an active life. Growing up in Dearborn Michigan she was a dancer, competitive swimmer and played both basketball and softball. Her passion for athletics and movement took her to Tempe Arizona where she studied Kinesiology and Dance at Arizona State University. In a dance studio on campus Courtney took her first yoga class. It was hardly love at first down dog. In fact she giggled through half the class. A couple years later she gave yoga a second chance and found nirvana through asana. After years of personal practice Courtney decided to attend The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and received her RYT 200. In the Summer of 2014 she decided to shake up her life and start a new adventure with a move to sunny Santa Monica. It was here, at Mothers Beach, she was introduced to SUP. She had never experienced such excitement and peace as she did on the board out in the water. It was time for a new adventure in 2016. She found YOGAqua and immediately registered to train with Sarah. Courtney’s classes are a reflection of how she lives, balanced. Courtney enjoys teaching athletic classes that are mindfully sequenced for all levels of experience. She wants her students to find the same excitement and peace she does in her own practice. Most of all Courtney wants her students to find pure joy; on the water, in the sun, experiencing SUP yoga with YOGAqua!
Stephanie Schwartz has always sought ways to bring balance, health, and fun into her life. Yoga has become an integral part of that process. It is a place where she can be herself, confident and comfortable in her body and its strength, along with its goofy inner core. A couple of years ago, on an adventure to the North Shore of Oahu, hiking with friends, Stephanie came across a floating yoga studio at a secluded beach. Intrigued, she carefully determined that no one was around, and quickly hopped on a board to play—and in a moment was hooked. Through a chance encounter with a yoga teacher who soon staked claim to the floating studio as her “office”, a seed was planted. Back on the mainland, it took about a year before Stephanie found a local floating studio to make part of her regular practice—and subsequently learned that the owner, Sarah, was the same teacher she had crossed paths with a year before. The opportunity to join a YOGAqua teacher-training program presented itself a few months later and Stephanie never looked back. She is also a certified yoga instructor through the National Council for Personal Trainers (NCCPT). Most weekends you can find her practicing, playing and laughing in Marina Del Rey with the YOGAqua family.