Koastal Paddleboard Yoga, LLC is owned by local resident Kelly Simmons. I was smitten by SUP Yoga during my first class on a misty, gray Easter morning when I attempted boat pose and felt the water gently rock the paddleboard. That connection with natural environment in that moment lead me to continue to take classes with Jess Amendola of SUP Yoga Center.
When Jess put out the offer for someone to wash her paddleboards and equipment each week in exchange for SUP Yoga class time, I took the opportunity to get a peek of what it may be like to run this type of business. When Jess developed the small business package for the St. Augustine location, I took advantage of that opportunity too! I adore being able to provide people living in or visiting St. Augustine with the opportunity to have fun and stay healthy while reconnecting with the great outdoors through Stand-up Paddleboard Yoga.
The journey to be able to be Standup Paddleboard Yoga business owner and yoga teacher has been made possible by so many people from my family (MA, NY, & MS) and friends (at STA FIT 904, Growers Alliance, Creative Juices, The Closet STA, Peace Pie), Jess Amendola of SUP Yoga Center, Discovery Yoga Center (She Tribe Feb 2019!!), to Grant and Madison of Foxtrot Creative Design Studio, Justin W. at Bose Ford, the helpful guys at B&B Trailer, and last but certainly not least Kayla Immel of Ctrl-Alt Design.
Thank you all and Namaste.
Check out my Interview with St. Augustine Spotlight!
"I met up with Kelly Simmons of Koastal Paddle Board Yoga to discuss what inspired her to start her business, why she loves yoga on a paddleboard, and her plans to do it full-time.
What inspired you to start Koastal SUP Yoga?
I moved here in March 2017 and I got on my first paddleboard for a yoga class that April. I remember doing boat pose while the water gently rocked the board, that’s when I fell in love with it. I knew the basic ins and outs of yoga as a practice and the paddleboard was just a way to get outside and enjoy nature. I kept taking classes, and the woman that was teaching the classes wanted to sell that part of the business and just focus on teacher training, so I thought I can be that person and went for it."