Meet Your Instructor: Nicolette Tura

(Image: Jenn Heflin Photography)

(Image: Jenn Heflin Photography)

At Mike's Paddle we have incredible teachers and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know a few through this series. In this segment, we meet Nicolette Tura of The Illuminated Body. At Mike's Paddle, Nicolette offers Half-Day Sup Yoga retreats and Shine Your Light SUP Yoga Specialty Classes (there is still time to join her on Saturday, September 23, by registering here). In October, she will be teaching a Full Moon Flow. Learn more about why she loves SUP Yoga, what her spirit animal is and her favorite SUP Yoga pose. 

1) Why do you love SUP Yoga?

I love SUP Yoga because I love nature, water and yoga, so the combination is mind-blowing. It's the best therapy for urban living.

2) Paint the picture of one experience on the water that you'll never forget?

Every class is magical as I get to witness folks surprise themselves with postures that are hard for them on land, but then they nail it on the board; or conversely poses that are super easy on land are comically challenging on the board. 

3) What do you want all your friends to know about SUP Yoga?

That everyone can ‘do it.’ If we just give ourselves the time and space it’s a practice in which the rewards are epic for all levels of healing.

4) When you bring students onto the water, what is your main message to them?

Have fun, trust yourself and be present.

5) What's your favorite element that you connect with in your SUP Yoga practice?

Water! I love how it reminds us to go with the flow, there’s nothing to be afraid of and the power water has to open our chronically tight hips is tremendous!

6) What's your SUP Yoga spirit animal/creature and why?

Dolphin. I’m silly, vocal, and I love the water so it just seems fitting lol

7) What's your favorite SUP yoga pose?

Downdog for sure. It gets me every time to see the world upside down with the water, trees, clouds, boats, everything!

8) Where would your dream SUP Vacation be?

Good question, maybe Bahamas, or Jamaica?!

9) Anything else you'd like to share with the Mike's Paddle community?

I’m so grateful to have found Mike’s Paddle, it is such a special place fostering the true sense of ohana. Looking forward to seeing you on the water soon. Big Aloha and Love!
 

Meet Your Instructor: Naushon Kabat-Zinn

 
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At Mike's Paddle we have incredible teachers and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know a few through this series. In this segment, we meet Naushon Kabat-Zinn. Naushon has been studying yoga since she was a teenager and has been teaching in the Bay Area for over 15 years. At Mike's Paddle she offers Half-Day Sup Yoga retreats and Mindful Flow Specialty Classes (there is still time to join her this Sunday by registering here). In October, she will be teaching a Full Moon Flow. Learn more about why she loves SUP Yoga and hear some really great words of advice that she likes to give students who are heading onto the water for the first time.:

1) Why do you love SUP Yoga?

I love SUP Yoga because it gives you a completely different perspective on practice. It makes you go right to the essence. You MUST be present.  

2) Paint the picture of one experience on the water that you'll never forget?

I will never forget when we were doing our SUP Yoga Teacher Training, and it was cold and rainy and we had to learn how to do water rescue, and I was soooo resistant to getting into our wetsuits and going out and practicing.  And when Mike taught us and we got in the water and practiced the rescues it was actually so much fun!! I just had to get out of my own silly ideas that it was going to be terrible.  It was some of the most fun I've had!  And now I won't ever forget it.

3) What do you want all your friends to know about SUP Yoga?

That is is truly magical and will bring you back to the most important things in life. 

4) When you bring students onto the water, what is your main message to them? 

Stay open and be kind to yourself, and let go of any idea that you need to accomplish anything. If you don't want to do something you don't have to.  Even if you just sit or lay on your board and breath you will get something out if it. 

5) What's your favorite element that you connect with in your SUP Yoga practice? 

Being with the elements of nature.  Connecting within and without.

6) What's your SUP Yoga spirit animal/creature and why?

Haha my SUP Yoga spirit animal is the bat ray, because we see them playing under us as we are practicing and they are so beautiful! 

7) What's your favorite SUP yoga pose?

Downward Dog

8) Where would your dream SUP Vacation be?

Greece or Italy

BarefootLiving Yoga and Love Your Body Belly Dance Retreat

Move with the Sway of the Water

Join our beloved SUP yoga instructor, Nicole Kalyvas of BarefootLiving Yoga, as she joins with Professional Belly Dancer Fiona Roser of Love Your Body Fitness, to bring you our first ever SUP Yoga and Belly Dance Half-Day Retreat! ! 

October 8, 2017
4 Hours | $120

The Retreat Includes: 

 - All Rental Equipment: Board, Leash, Paddle and PFD
- Introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding for All-Levels
- SUP Yoga Flow Session
- SUP Belly Dance Experience
- Moroccan Lunch (Chicken or Vegetarian) in Community

 

The Retreat Offers You:

- A fun community of people excited about this new experience on the water.
- An invigorating and relaxing yoga session to support the body
- A blissful dance form that boosts confidence and feelings of self-worth and self-esteem
- A joy-filled fitness experience for every body!

NO SUP, SUP Yoga, or belly dance experience is required, no showing of the belly is required.

Full Moon SUP Yoga Flow

 
 

Join us as we play in the light of the moon.

There is nothing like heading out onto the water to witness the full moon rise. In yoga, we honor the moon's lunar energy. The opposite of the sun, the moon offers us a chance to connect with coolness and calm, which is an amazing counter-balance to our daily go-go energy. The moon also represents our inner self. Set forth with us and howl at the moon. Give yourself permission to unleash your full self in a big way. 

Join us on the water for this one-of-a-kind experience. We will head out onto the water prior to sunset for a floating yoga practice. As our practice comes to a close the full moon will rise and will infuse us with its light. Despite the bright glow of the moon, we suggest you bring a headlamp for the journey back to the dock. 

Cost: $85 | 2 Hours

October 5
Full Moon Flow with Naushon Kabat-Zinn and Nicolette Tura
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November 4
Full Moon SUP Yoga Flow with Malia Hill
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Meet Your Instructor: Nicole Harrow

At Mike's Paddle we have incredible teachers and we wanted to give you the opportunity to get to know a few through this series. In this segment, we meet Nicole Harrow of Wild Meditations based in Walnut Creek. She is one of our SUP Yoga teachers offering Half-Day Sup Yoga retreats (there is still time to join her this weekend by registering here) and Boga Yoga Flows. She will also be leading a trip to Croatia this August. You can see her full schedule here.  Learn more about why she loves SUP Yoga and what her favorite experience on the water has been thus far. 

Mike's Paddle SUP Yoga Instructor Nicole Harrow.

Mike's Paddle SUP Yoga Instructor Nicole Harrow.

 

1) Why do you love SUP Yoga?
It leaves me feeling exhilarated and connected with myself and nature.

2) Paint the picture of one experience on the water that you'll never forget?
 We were out on the bay one November morning. The water was calm and clear. A low layer of clouds covered the horizon, giving the feeling that we were in open water with no cities nearby. When I started the class a light drizzle began to fall. We continued to practice and slowly the rain began in earnest. Instead of stopping the class there was a feeling of invigoration and connection. As we raised our arms to the sky we laughed and stuck our tongues out to taste the rain! Then this magical thing happened. A seal came to observe the class! Half of his body came out of the water…he stayed like that for some time…watching us play :)

3) What do you want all your friends to know about SUP Yoga?
It is fun!! When you practice SUP yoga you feel like you are LIVING life!!

4) When you bring students onto the water, what is your main message to them? 
Open your eyes, allow everything in. Fear may come in…and this is our opportunity to play with it!

5) What's your favorite element that you connect with in your SUP Yoga practice? 
That is hard!! I have two. The feeling of the sun resting on my skin, and the sound of the water as it laps against the board.

6) What's your SUP Yoga spirit animal/creature and why?
The Pelican. There is something ancient and magical about these birds. I almost always see them when we practice at Mikes paddle. When they fly by I am reminded of dinosaurs, of the freedom of flight, of the fearlessness when they plunge into the ocean in pursuit of fish! They inspire me to be daring, raw and graceful!!

7) What's your favorite SUP yoga pose?
Standing Splits. 

8) Where would your dream SUP Vacation be?
Croatia!!!!! 

9) Anything else you'd like to share with the Mike's Paddle community? 
I am so honored to be at Mike’s paddle and to share this sacred experience with all of you!!

You're Invited: Athleta Trunk Sale

Happy Summer! This August we are hosting an Athleta Trunk Show:

Sunday August 20th from 11am-1pm

Everyone is invited to stop by the shop for an exclusive look at all of Athleta's made-for-water-and-sun clothing collection. There will be snacks and clothes to try on and buy! 

If you choose, you can join Athleta Influencer and Mike's Paddle instructor Nicolette Tura for a specialty class ($55) on the water from 10am-12pm. If you decide to join the class you will be given a special goody bag and a raffle ticket for a chance to win Athleta's beloved Pacifica 2.0 UPF-50 protected rash guard - Perfect for paddleboarding and being out in the sun! 

Athleta Specialty Class
August 20th 10-12pm

It's going to be a fun day! Throughout August there are many awesome SUP Yoga classes for you to attend whether it's one of our weekly classes, a 2-Hour Flow or a Half-Day SUP Yoga Retreat. We hope to see you on the water soon. We should all take time to enjoy the best that the Bay Area has to offer at Mike's Paddle.
 

101 Surf Sports and Mike's Paddle: Marin Meets East Bay on SUP!

 
 

101 Surf Sports has been a long time fixture in the paddling community in the Bay Area. These guys have years of expertise and so much passion about the paddling sport. Have you ever been to their shop in San Rafael? It's literally the best toy store of watersports: Stand up paddle, wind surf, kite surf, kayak, and outrigger canoe! Besides the array of products that they provide, 101 Surf puts on the best races in the Bay area. Never paddled before? Don't worry, their beginner paddling programs are just as fun and safe: intro lessons, social paddles, and great tours in Marin County just to name a few. Check out their fun calendar of lots of activities!   

Both 101 Surf Sports and Mike's Paddle have owners and staff who are immersed in watersports, we share many of our passions together in exploring the waters of San Francisco Bay. In the spirit of Ohana, we partnering up to bring you more opportunities to get on the water! Check out their location in both San Rafael and Redwood City

We're also happy to announce that we've got a great fleet of Jimmy Lewis Boards for Demo! Check out some of the best boards that are made on the planet right here. Jimmy Lewis is known as the magician of board designers. Whatever he designs and makes is just a pleasure to paddle. Come try it out! The boards are available for purchase at 101 Surf Sports or be delivered right to your house for a small fee (depending on distance)!

 
 

Jen Fuller's Body Mechanics and Paddle Stroke Clinic with Team Mike's Paddle

 

Jen Fuller is a long time bay area fitness guru and elite paddler. We're excited to have her come and do a specialty clinic on body mechanics and paddle stroke! This is going to help our team members not the race team but it will definitely help all of the paddlers at Mike's Paddle!

April 1st with Jen Fuller
Body Mechanics and Paddle Stroke

Cost $25

Hi Everyone,
Some of you know me, and some of you don’t. Regardless let me introduce myself. My background is in physiology and human movement along with teaching and coaching athletes, 6 years of intense SUP racing and before that various sports including a spot on the US Olympic Windsurfing team.

I have been an exercise therapist for the past 15 years specifically using the Egoscue method plus my background in bodywork and teaching.
You can imagine what I think about when I paddle! Yikes, geek out! Really I constantly think about how to help explain paddle mechanics and how
to correct problem areas for people whether they paddle or not. What I have observed over the years is that one can teach the paddle
stroke until they are blue, but what if someone has a replaced hip or knee or something else that hinders the normal mechanical patterns? Yes, that includes being a spaz!

Here is where my approach comes in. First, when I work with someone or a group, I identify where the person/s is compensated. Helping correct as many compensations sets a functional foundation for more easily understanding and experiencing a solid paddle stroke, or whatever sport a person does. The principals I will share have worked for me over a lifetime of training and competition, all of which are extensively tested in the field and some in the lab. What we will do on Saturday April 1st is first make sure to have some good April fools Jokes up your sleeve. 2nd we will do what I call an alignment class where I will take you through some exercises you probably have not seen before. This will inevitably bring up a discussion on what you could and could not do easily and of course during class, lots of questions come up. Before we get on the water to
paddle I’ll take you through my favorite pre-race or adventure warm up.
I am really excited to have you all join me and I look forward to sharing what has helped me stay on the competition and activity game for a long time. If you have any questions or special requests let me know.