Affiliate: Kelsey Barden
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Certifications: Paddle Into Fitness Master Trainer (2017), American Canoe Association Level 2 SUP Instructor (2016), Paddle Canada SUP Instructor (2015), E-RYT 200 Awakened Life School of Yoga (2012), Masters of Science in Environmental Education (2010), Red Cross Open Water Lifeguard (2017)
Aloha! My name is Kelsey Barden. I am the founder of Yoga Floats. We offer standup paddleboard yoga classes in beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii. You can learn about Yoga Floats’ journey here.
Growing up in Canada, I lived far from the ocean and yet was always drawn to it. I spent my days at the pool or the lake, swimming for fun or competitively as a synchronized swimmer. When I moved to Hawaii in 2009, I was eager to learn how to surf and to begin to understand the complexities of the ocean. Although I love surfing, I really fell in love with paddling. I started participating in downwind races, SUP surfing, outrigger canoe paddling, and eventually discovered SUP yoga.
It’s hard to say which I love more – yoga or the ocean. Both bring me such joy and inspiration, and I am so grateful that they are a part of my daily life. I also have a passion for teaching and sharing what I love with others. Having spent eight years as a classroom teacher and completing a Masters Degree in Environmental Education, I see the value of teaching and learning outdoors, and I am overjoyed to take my skills from the classroom to the ocean. Classes on the ocean are all about letting go and being okay with whatever the outcome may be – even if that means falling in. We laugh at ourselves, have fun, and enjoy the amazing opportunity to be in one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Kelsey teaches SUP Yoga, Intro to Paddling, Private classes, and Light up the Night. She is certified to teach the following Paddle Into Fitness courses: