Paddle through Salt Run, view an exquisite sunrise, and encounter dolphins and sea turtles along the Intracoastal, all while getting a workout in. These are just a few of the experiences you’ll have once you push off the dock with Koastal Paddleboard Yoga & Eco-Tours. Owned and operated by St. Augustine local Kelly Simmons, Koastal SUP (stand-up paddleboard) Yoga provides participants the chance to float on the water and try something new. Each board is equipped with a full-size yoga mat, providing optimum comfort and a one-of-a-kind experience.
“I was smitten with SUP Yoga during my first class,” explained Simmons. “I attempted boat pose and felt the water gently rock the paddleboard beneath me. The connection I felt with the natural environment at that moment was unforgettable. My goal is to provide a space for people to connect with nature, let their inner child shine, and spark a passion and excitement for learning something new.”
Originally from Massachusetts, Kelly Simmons made her way to the Sunshine State in March of 2017. She hopped on a paddleboard for a SUP yoga class just one month later and immediately fell in love. Certified yoga instructor, paddleboard instructor, and personal trainer, Simmons offers excursions by-appointment, including SUP yoga group classes, eco-tours, bachelorette parties, private classes, workout sessions, and more. Classes are taught to all levels, and each class begins with an introduction to stand-up paddleboarding, so participants feel at ease before hitting the water.
“If you can drive a car, you can paddle a board,” said Simmons. “It’s about letting go and letting your inner child out. Once you cross that threshold and leave the dock, things change. 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.”