Beginner's Guide to Stand-Up
By Guest West Advisor Seychelle, Last updated: 4/11/2018
Stand-up paddleboard yoga is the practice of yoga poses on top of a paddleboard. This family-friendly water activity challenges your balance and builds strength and flexibility throughout your entire body. Plus, it's relaxing and fun. Watch our video to learn how to select the right board, understand what equipment you'll need and get started with some basic yoga poses.
I was born and raised in the Florida Keys and have always had a deep connection to the water. I hold a USCG Masters license and for 8 years after school, I sailed around the world as a professional yachtsman. In 2013 I discovered stand-up paddling and moved back to Florida to pursue a career in this sport. With a lot of hard work and dedication, I am now a top 10 world ranked athlete, Guinness World Record holder for long distance*, and the 2016 Fastest Paddler on Earth. I am also a paddle coach, a registered yoga instructor and certified personal trainer. I offer clinics for all level paddlers. My classes and programs are a blend of the diverse coaches, styles and techniques I have practiced—and are a journey to cultivate strength, energy, endurance, balance, and bliss within our bodies. I am passionate about life, fitness, nutrition, love, and having fun. I believe that anything is possible and if you believe it, then it’s true.
*Editors note: Seychelle paddled a total distance of 110.47 miles to set the female Guiness World Record for the greatest distance covered by a stand up paddleboard on flat water in 24 hours. She achieved this on December 5-6, 2015. Witnesses reported that at 5 am, fifteen hours into the attempt, Seychelle was singing as she passed the checkpoint.