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 on the boards, in addition to Teaching yoga at Yoga Works, 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 2010. 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, Surfiest 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.
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.
My yoga practice began as the result of an intervention. My co-workers at a San Francisco dot-com ganged up and told me that it would be better for office morale if I went and took a yoga class. “Yoga?! Are you kidding? Isn’t that for hippies and vegetarians?” At the time, I had a mohawk hairdo and wore a lot of black. “no, no!” Said the cheerful sales-rep who shared my office, “This yoga is like boot-camp, you’ll love it!”. Now, 15 years after I took my first class, I teach both Power Yoga and Bikram Yoga in San Rafael at the studios I own with my husband. I’ve assisted Baron Baptiste on his retreats and workshops, and regularly visit at the Bikram Teacher Trainings to stay connected to my teachers and yoga peers. I have yoga to thank for making so many of my dreams come true. I teach The Yoga/Fitness with OnBoardSUP in SanRafael and love to do events and workshops in Sausalito.
I am passionate about the water. The water teaches us to be flexible, to be open and to adjust in every moment. The water is fun. Yoga teaches us how to balance and focus on ourselves – and when we focus on ourselves we can do anything. This is why I love teaching SUP Yoga – the love of movement, water and freedom. I teach a “YIN style” yoga, with focus on deep stretching and alignment; particularly the hips, pelvis and spine areas. I completed my stand up paddle yoga training with OnBoard SUP in 2012. Currently I am traveling the world, learning new yoga techniques and styles to apply to my practice.