Vail Valley Bizwatch: Paddleboard yoga is a unique workout
Business name: Paddle Yoga Colorado.
Date opened: Summer, 2013.
Owner: Julie Circo.
Contact information: Go to http://www.paddleyogacolorado.com, call 970-393-3328 or email julie@ paddleyogacolorado.com.
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What goods or services do you provide? Stand-up paddleboard yoga classes, river SUP yoga instruction and stand-up paddleboard rentals.
What’s new or exciting at your place? I’m teaching stand-up paddleboard yoga classes at the Avon Recreation Center pool on Thursdays from 8:45 to 10 a.m. starting Thursday. It will be so fun to keep up with a SUP yoga practice during the winter.
What strategy do you use to differentiate you from your competition? While I teach SUP yoga on lakes, ponds and swimming pools, my passion is teaching on the river. I love watching a student progress from the calm waters of a lake to the gentle currents of the river and then watching them build their confidence while paddleboarding through the rapids.
What philosophy do you follow in dealing with your customers? What can your customers expect from you? My focus is always on my students enjoyment and safety. Anyone can learn to paddleboard and do yoga on one, too! Stand-up paddle yoga is a unique approach to fitness that is accessible to all kinds of people. My students can expect me to keep them safe during class, while challenging them in new and unexpected ways.
Tell us about your background, education and experience. I discovered yoga when I was 18, while taking it as a college course. I am a certified stand-up paddleboard yoga instructor and a certified 200-hour yoga teacher. I love being adventuresome and active.
I started paddleboarding in the river a couple of summers ago and instantly loved it. Doing yoga on the paddleboard just came naturally, and I immediately wanted to share this healthy lifestyle with everyone I knew.
What is the most humorous thing that has happened at your business since it opened? The funniest thing that has ever happened with Paddle Yoga Colorado happens almost every time I teach a SUP yoga class. Someone falls in! One time someone fell on their face but didn’t fall in. Oh, that was me!