Meet Our Instructors!
Leigh Claxton, Founder/Owner
As the founder of Stand Up Paddle Yoga, in the summer of 2009, Leigh Claxton started teaching floating yoga classes in Sausalito, Ca. In addition to her many yoga and fitness certifications, she is a founding member of the PSUPA and Instructor Trainer for them. She is also an ASI/WSUPA certified master instructor. She Teaches Yoga and Pilates at OnBoardSUP, in addition to Teaching yoga at NOW, Yoga Tree San Francisco, Western Athletic Clubs and Is the Fitness Director at The Club at Harbor Point, where she teaches both Yoga and Pilates. Leigh has been teaching certifications and teacher trainings on the water since 2009. Many of the established Stand Up Yoga Instructors around the world have been certified by Leigh. OnBoardSUP Yoga Teacher Certifications are endorsed by the PSUPA and Yoga Alliance. Leigh also teaches Flat Water One Instructor courses in Stand Up Paddle.
With 30+ years teaching Yoga, Fitness, Cycling, Pilates, Surfset and more; and 17 years of outdoor classes of many kinds, she offers much experience to share. Having grown up on the water, she shares her knowledge and takes full advantage of all there is around, making the most of the many different conditions that present on a daily basis. Come Practice Floating Yoga with Leigh.
Samantha found her love for yoga 15 years ago when I moved to San Francisco. She decided to become a yoga instuctor to escape the high stress world of restaurant management. She practices yoga because it keeps her balanced, happy, spiritually connected, challenged and strong. She loves to teach because it’s her passion and it gives her the opportunity to give back to others.
She completed her stand up paddle yoga training with OnBoardSUP in 2014 and is a certified yoga instructor through YogaWorks and It’s Yoga, Kids.She also spends her time running Plenty Pops, a healthy popsicle company with her sister in Mill Valley.
Arline completed her PSUPA Instructor Training through OnBoardSUP in August 2012. She is also a Certified World Stand Up Paddle Association Instructor. Arline’s love of water sports began the moment she learned to swim. She later became a lifeguard and water safety instructor while attending college. She has also participated in masters open water swimming competitions. She just can’t stay away from the water! Arline is a teacher by profession. It seems a natural progression for her to share her new passion for SUP. As an instructor, she melds her ability to teach and empower. She openly shares her joy for this sport that improves balance, core strength and peace of mind.
Carrie started taking SUP Yoga as a student in 2011. After attending classes several times a week for a year, she became a certified yoga instructor and enrolled in our OnBoardSUP Yoga Instructor Certification Program. Most Saturdays and Sundays you can find Carrie assisting or teaching classes in Sausalito. She brings a great, positive attitude to the program and she shares her knowledge of the Bay and Sausalito with us all. She teaches in Sausalito and also at our program at 101 Surf Sports.
Maia stumbled upon yoga at the age of 15 during winter water polo where she had a choice—5 am swim practice or hot yoga. A warm yoga room sounded like a better way to start the day, however something changed in her that morning. As she walked to school she had never felt so invigorated, centered and at peace. Looking to deepen her practice on the mat, at the age of 24 she took a 200-hour teacher training at Core Power.
There was one in particular Yoga that spoke to her. OnBoardSUP’s yoga flow on paddleboards in Richardson Bay offered a dynamic and beautiful approach to traditional vinyasa flow. The type of feedback that one gets from practicing on the water is like having a teacher giving love and adjustments in every position. There is something so serene in dipping your fingers and toes into the water during savasana. After completing OnBoardSUP’s teacher training in 2014 she joined the OnBoardSUP Team where she continues to share her love of yoga on the water with the community.
Rachel first tried yoga as a freshman in college in 2004 and has been hooked ever since. Her background in horse back riding, crossfit and active outdoor activities such as paddle boarding, hiking, backpacking and camping were changed for the better after finding yoga. She believes that yoga has to ability to help everyone. From stress relief, physical pain to spiritualist awareness, the benefits of yoga are endless. Rachel enjoys helping each of her students discover their own invigorating benefit from their yoga practice. Rachel completed her 200 hour certification in 2015 with Square One Yoga and her SUPYTT with OnBoardSUP in the spring of 2016.
Lynne sought out yoga as an escape from the frenetic pace of New York City in late 90s. After several years of gentle Hatha and conquering her fear of headstand, the field was wide-open with forays into Ashtanga, Iyengar, Bikram, and Power Yoga, before settling into a regular Vinyasa flow practice in the Bay Area. She completed an RYS-200 certification with Himalaya Yoga Valley in Dharamsala India in 2010 and a 2013 certification with Leigh Claxton at OnBoardSUP Yoga in Sausalito. She teaches a well-balanced flow class that focuses on correct alignment. She loves to share the experience of yoga with others for both the physical challenge and the potential for inner peace.
Janine is a Pilates instructor, and yoga teacher with more than 15 years of experience, and brings a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to her teaching. She discovered SUP Yoga 4 years ago with Leigh Claxton and OnBoardSUP – and fell in love with the practice, training to teach in 2015. The combination of practicing yoga on the water and in the elements, lend to both a focused and exhilrating experience.
Janine teaches weekly yoga classes in San Francisco. She is a Master Instructor for Balanced Body and leads Pilates teacher training programs. She also leads Yoga and Pilates retreats. — She is grateful to her students and teachers alike for their continuous inspiration.