Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga Teacher Training Certification

“Balance Your Board, Balance Your Life”

A collaboration between: ReFlex Arts and Yoga ( ReFlex Arts is a Yoga Alliance certified facility at RYS-200 & RYS-300 levels as well as Children’s Yoga. The school is also a registered member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy. Reflex Arts is a multifaceted school that strives to enhance creative lives with a comprehensive schedule of Dance and Yoga classes for children and adults. The school consists of three separate facilities: ReFlex Arts Dance, a studio of dance education that focuses on dance and yoga for youth, ReFlex Arts Yoga, a sister facility next door that offers all types of yoga and self-actualization classes for adults, and Heartwood Retreat Center, a 7-acre retreat site that offers writing, yoga and organic health-related courses, farm to table dinners, and more. All schools are independent of each other and yet they all share resources and a wonderful synergy that promotes movement arts, learning, and self-discovery as a family affair. We are committed to fostering a love for the arts through conscientious classes that expand the horizons, skills, health, and happiness of our students. We offer classes in a variety of movement and yoga methods and styles, including aerial yoga, hot yoga, restorative, yin yoga, and a variety of techniques and styles for traditional mat classes.

SurFitusa ( SURFit (pronounced: SURF-FIT) USA, was founded by Aaron Pollard and his wife, Karla Gore as a way to share their love of the ocean, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and the waterman lifestyle with others. A great family owned business that offers stand up paddle board tours in exquisite choice natural venues. Aaron and Karla want to get people out of the gym and out onto (and into the water). Their programs are for everyone –regardless of age, body size, skill level or ability. They will work with you to make sure you have a fun and safe experience. They offer a wide range of programs, tours, and certification trainings. Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge as a life long surfer and waterman, previous Hawaii beach lifeguard, WPA Certified instructor, and a paddleboard competitor and coach. Aaron is committed to making sure his clients have a great experience and are safe and comfortable on the water at all times. Aaron loves the idea of using stand up paddleboards for yoga and has developed comprehensive materials to ensure that SUP yoga teachers are safe and have fun on the water. Karla is a professional marine biologist, stand up paddleboarder and previous outrigger canoe paddler. Both are committed to bringing quality adventures to their clients. SURFit USA is the leader in stand up paddleboard travel and tours and has trips to Baja, Alaska, Kauai, Azores, the Florida Keys, and Vermont planned for 2013-2014. SURFit USA also offers paddleboard fitness classes, children’s camps, local tours (Florida), and special events for all ages and experience levels. SURFit USA is the host for the 2014 Junior Waterman’s Challenge and Ocean Fest, the first youth only paddleboard race and surf contest.

Yoga With Janice Baxter ( Janice has taught Yoga and Meditation for over 40 years and has been in and on the water since she was a child. For 36 years she lived in Hawaii, where she enjoyed swimming, competing in outrigger canoes, and was a life guard. She enjoyed deep sea diving, kayaking and boogey boarding every chance she got. Moving to Sarasota and taking Yoga onto the Stand Up Paddleboard was the perfect combination of the two loves of her life. Janice believes yoga inspires self-actualization and that nature brings us closer to our souls. Being under the sky, in the gently moving water, soft breezes, with the birds and water animals, is meditative, relaxing, and truly magical. Practicing yoga on moving water amplifies the experience of greater focus, balance, core strength, deeper relaxation, and use of the intrinsic muscles. It’s fun, surprising, and a great lesson in laughter and letting go of expectations. Janice’s experience as a Social Worker, Massage Therapist and Yoga teacher has helped her to understand the capabilities and challenges that each individual brings to SUPing and Yoga. She is grateful to share this amazing practice with everyone who has an adventurous spirit and willingness to embrace this experience.