What’s up with Yoga/SUP?!!

I have always been intrigued by the watersport SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)! Most of you know that I love yoga, so when my friend Rhiannon Ritchey (http://rhiannonsyoga.com/) told me that she teaches Yoga/SUP classes – I became outright giddy!!

It’s so hot in Phoenix right now that admittedly, this normally avid runner has been shying away from running in the heat. I have lots of friends that are keeping it going, but they wake up by 4am or 5am to do it and I’m a terrible morning person lol!


I’ve really been filling up my exercise time with indoor activities, (i.e. yoga classes at various venues, PiYo workouts at home or strength training with gym equipment) so the idea of exercising outside right now and not collapsing from heat stroke is a thrilling concept!!



Side note: If you want to know more about PiYo, let me know because I am a Beachbody coach!

So anyways, let me tell you more about Rhiannon! She is a 200 hour certified yoga teacher who has had a personal yoga practice for the past nine years. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Butterfly Wonderland in Scottsdale where she teaches yoga once a month on Tuesday nights (http://www.butterflywonderland.com/education-workshops-080514.html).



It was at the Butterfly Wonderland that she informed me of the Yoga/SUP classes that she teaches on the weekends at both Tempe Town Lake and also Lake Pleasant. Lake Pleasant is much closer to me so I opted to take a class there! She is normally there on Sunday mornings from 8-10am but her class on that upcoming Sunday filled up before I could get spots for my husband and I! It all worked out though because she decided to open up a Saturday class just for us! I promptly put up a Facebook post about the Saturday class and recruited my good friend Nicole!

On Saturday morning we arrived at Lake Pleasant ready to SUP!

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The great thing about Rhiannon’s classes is that you only need yourself, a bathing suit with comfy clothes that can get wet, a water bottle, and sunblock! The SUP boards and paddles are included. She works with Go Paddle AZ to get the paddles and boards rented for everyone. Rhiannon gave a quick tutorial on how to SUP and then we were ready to go!


When first leaving the dock, it’s best to start on the knees so that you do not accidentally fall off and hit your head!


Once I was a safe distance, I got myself standing on the board for the very first time! And on the first try yay!


We paddled across the lake and arrived at our yoga spot, where Rhiannon has a place for us to anchor our boards for a safe yoga experience.



Once everyone was attached, Rhiannon got our yoga experience going!


I snapped a few pictures of Evan and Nicole practicing their yoga!

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Here I snapped an “oops I fell in the water but it felt wonderful” selfie!


Evan’s looking good in plank and bridge pose!

Yoga:SUP - Evan side plank

Yoga:SUP Jul 12 - Evan bridge pose

I’m feeling confident in side plank and warrior one!

Yoga:SUP Jul 12 - Kristin side plank

Yoga:Sup - Kristin in Warrior 1


Nicole is rocking her side plank!

Yoga:SUP Jul 12 - Nicole side plank

Namaste time!


Three happy Yoga/SUP’ers!

Yoga:SUP Jul 12 - Evan, Kris, Nicole

After 2 wonderful hours of paddling, practicing yoga on the boards, and playing around in the water, we headed back to the dock!


We truly had a blast!! Love this group!!!

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After a relaxing lunch right there at the lake, we decided to rent SUPs on our own through Go Paddle AZ and enjoy another 2 hours that afternoon on the lake!


We even practiced some more yoga!


Down dog!


The Warrior series!




Then we just had lots of fun striking poses!



Finally by 4pm we headed out, but not before Nicole and I took a selfie!


And did some final yoga poses!

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For more information about Rhiannon’s yoga and Yoga/SUP classes, please contact her here:

(480) 526-1207


Rhiannon’s Yoga on Facebook

Do you love yoga or SUP?! Have you tried both together?! Do you want to try it now after seeing these pictures?!! Let me know in the comments below because I LOVE hearing from YOU!! 🙂




6 thoughts on “What’s up with Yoga/SUP?!!

  1. Rhiannon

    Kristin, Evan and Nicole were such a pleasure to have out. As Kristin stated the best time to come out is now while it’s hot outside and the water is amazing!! For those who are a little timid don’t worry. No experience necessary. Plenty of instruction is given to make everyone feel comfortable. Best of all if you fall, it’s only in water!! It’s a good time to find your edge and play with the boundaries. After class everyone is sure to feel centered, empowered, and most importantly more connected to nature!

    Thank you for Kristin for your lovely smile and spreading to word!!

    1. Kristin Post author

      Happy to spread the word Rhiannon! There is nothing more rewarding than supporting a local business and entrepreneur like yourself who wants people to achieve healthier, happier lives!!
      I thoroughly enjoyed the class and I CANNOT wait till our next one on July 26th!! Woohoo!!

  2. The Running University (Lisa Pozzoni)

    I’m so jealous! Been wanting to do this for a few years and it never works out. As a matter of fact, I’d love to get a class together for the Running For Brews crew (maybe without yoga the first time and just a SUP class). I surveyed the group and had a great response. Tempe Town Lake would be great for our group as we can do SUP for Brews and go to Gordon Beirsch afterwards! Wandering if Rhiannon would be interested? Thanks for sharing Kristin!

    1. Kristin Post author

      Thanks for reading my post Lisa!
      I think it wouldn’t hurt to incorporate some yoga! Honestly this class is for beginners and regular yogis alike! Before Saturday Evan had only taken 1 yoga class in his life and I thought he did pretty darn well lol!
      But yeah lets talk to Rhiannon about a Run for Brews / SUP event – that would be AWESOME!!! Are you thinking a weeknight or weekend?

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