“I wasn’t happy. I was making people around me unhappy. I work in a corporate environment, and spend most of my time in front of a computer. On March 5, 2013 during a visioning exercise – in my car- I asked myself when do I feel the most at peace and satisfied with myself? Myself replied that it was after exercise, particularly yoga, and when I am by the Ocean. I asked myself what I would do for free that combined these elements? Immediately I thought: Paddle Board Yoga! I went back to my desk and asked the computer how to get into this community. I found Paddle Into Fitness, and recognized Gillian Gibree from Roxy Outdoor fitness ads. I read on to learn she is one of the top ranking Women’s Stand up Paddlers in the world. Boom. That day I signed up for the SUP Yoga teaching training certification.
I thought about shedding my BS and living more joyfully for four months. I prepared physically (going to yoga) and mentally (keeping positive and knowing change was coming). The first day I was nervous to meet Gillian, who turned out to be one of the most humble and down to earth women I have ever met.
When the group met I was beside myself because of how many different walks of life there were in the room. Ranging from a spunky business and spirit driven lady from Cape Cod MA, to a Missionary from New Zealand that had made her trip to SD with her brand new baby.”
Hey Gillian! Just wanted to thank you again for an amazing 4 days of training and growth. To be honest for the first time in my life I felt very vulnerable because fitness has always been a huge part of my life and for the first time I was challenging myself at a point when my fitness was at its lowest point. But right away you all made me feel comfortable and most of all inspired to get back to my peak fitness level. So thank you for EVERYTHING! Remember you ladies always have a free place to stay in NZ! Cheers and all the best!
Shayna Teutsch New Zealand
Hey Gillian! Just wanted to thank you again for sending Yoga Journal my way. So many exciting things are happening around SUP Yoga. I love it! I’ve been invited to the first annual Maine Yoga Fest July 13th to teach 2 SUP Yoga classes. Looking forward to that. I also received an invitation to demo Paddleboard Yoga at Water Country in Portsmouth. I’d like to give you credit for putting together a fantastic certification program, and for always being willing to share the limelight with us. You should be proud. Much Love and Appreciation!
Karen Fraser ❤ Boston
Thank you, Thank you! Loved the entire group of ladies and the diversity of yoga and SUP backgrounds. I am going home feeling fully confident to super inspired to further my yoga training, spend more time on the water, and most of all share with everyone back on St. John all that I have learned during the AWESOME training! SUP stoked!
Thais Taylor St. John, U.S Virgin Islands
This certification was run very well – it was organized, methodical, and personal. I feel like my goals and objectives on this course were achieved and exceeded! It has opened up many opportunities in the yoga and SUP industry – and I’m so excited to grow with this wonderful sport!
Bianca Groenevelt South Africa
I feel really comfortable with you, and I could learn so much in a short time. You positive words were good for me to feel good with my ‘bad english’ Thank you very much! I will never forget this great experience with you. You wake up the fire in me to go ahead. I find a new passion for the summertime and to share it with my Swiss friends. Maybe I am the first SUP Yoga teacher in Switzerland!
Cornelia Balzarini Switzerland
I have been in the health & fitness industry for almost 15 years taking many courses and workshops in my ongoing pursuit of learning. This was one of the most pleasurable of experiences in all my years. Not only was the course well taught and organized, but it surpasses my learning expectations in every way. From the hands on instruction, instructor and assistant approachability, the manual, equipment, location, professionalism, and structure. In addition the other students are all like minded and from all walks of life. I would not hesitate to recommend Paddle Into Fitness and my experience from beginning inquiry to this well deserved testimonial. Truly, this course embodied Live, Laugh, Paddle.
Joana Meneses New York City, New York
Thank you for an amazingly balanced training, an incredible blend of being well informed with water safety and techniques, while being laid back all at the same time. I’m honored to be Paddle Into Fitness training and happy to recommend this training!
Lisa Fierer Colorado
I had a great experience with Paddle Into Fitness! Gillian has a wealth of knowledge and paddle expertise and a lovely, nature-filled way of teaching yoga. Each of her teachers (Natali, Dave, and Kara) also add their own tips and style, and are fully available and open to questions. It was an intense, physical workout and a great inspiration for my own practice and teaching! Thank you so much for putting on this training!
Nicole Roebuck Mammouth Lakes, California
This was a truly wonderful training. I have been looking forward to this opportunity for over a year now, and this has been my favorite and most fun training to date! I really appreciated that we had classroom time, time where you led us, but also plenty of opportunity for partner teaching and round robin teaching. You are all so patient, fun, and knowledgable. It was great to receive individual feedback, and have time to ask as many questions as needed. The training felt very well rounded and well paced. It did not feel rushed, as other trainings I have been to. I couldn’t have had a more positive experience with Paddle Into Fitness! The depth of knowledge, practice, and hands on experience was critical. Gillian & Natali were a pleasure to spend a long weekend with, such very lovely ladies! I am looking forward to staying connected with an awesome group of strong, empowered, fun women!
Mary Susan Stults Boulder, Colorado
Every single person, activity, experience, and word has truly made me realize that I am a magical, healthy being…meant to heal myself, and heal others through this art form, activity, and practice of SUP Yoga. Gillian is one of the most genuine, professional, influential, and positive kind of person, both in this industry and in life itself. The people and companies she chooses to work with are just as positive, powerful, and loving as herself. The teachers are examples of wisdom, calm strength, and grace. I love how they shared with us during their training their experiences and skills. In every moment I felt guided, support, welcomed, encouraged, and appreciated.
Gillian leads a very well-rounded SUP certification program, and the written material is informative and easy to follow. The practical training includes yoga and fitness as well as water safety. Gillian is extremely knowledgeable about the sport of paddle boarding, and she offers great advice on improving your stroke which not only makes you a faster paddler, but keeps your shoulders safe; and as a teacher, your students will appreciate that. Gillian is easy-going and fun. The 4-day training was not only a wonderful learning experience but also a blast! I would, without hesitation, recommend Paddle Into Fitness if you’re considering a SUP yoga/fitness certification program.
Lisa Ramos California
The training had a very surf culture California feel which I appreciated, and they taught to US, not just regurgitated verbatim from their manual. The manual was VERY thorough, and I see myself using it for other yoga related needs as well. Great photos and descriptions, as well as detailed class sequencing are very helpful just to glance at before I go out for inspiration. The information was cutting edge, relevant, and nothing like what anyone’s seen up here (Michigan) before. I have been paddleboarding for two years, and I feel like my paddling has improved ten fold this summer after the training. The techniques taught to us continue to to deliver for my students. I feel the techniques were also laid out to us in a paddle talk that is succinct and informative, which is important when offering new information to folks. Well that’s about it, sorry, I don’t think I have any negative feedback! Keep up the good work!
Sarah Lou Traverse City, MI
I found this training to be well planned and professional from beginner to end without being intimidating. It was a great location too! All three trainers were well informed on any topics that came up, and respectful of the participants individual personalities and needs. I know I made the right choice in attending this training. The information on the website was very helpful to choose the best program out there. Thank you Gillian, Kara, and Dave! This will carry me through the cold, dark, winter days!
Deborah Myers Brighton, Utah
Thank you for showing me the amazing world of SUP. Coming into this training, I did not realize the endless opportunity that the board could allow one’s self to grow and develop. Being on the SUP for me is like coming home. I feel very blesses to have done this training with Gillian and am excited to teach others what I have learned. I truly have found a perfect balance for my life!
Rebecca Rose Canada
Gillian is a great teacher and person! Her teaching style rocked and everyone had fun and learnt lots. I’d definitely recommend doing a workshop or raining with Gillian if you have the opportunity – tons of information jam packed into her lessons! Gillian is extremely knowledgable, patient, skilled, and an overall great teacher. Her passion exudes in her training, what an awesome experience!
SUP Girlz Toronto
Really enjoyed the training, it was great fun and feel well prepared to take SUP and SUP yoga to my students. Loved the focus on water safety, it was confidence building. Gillian, the training was invaluable and truly exceeded expectations. You are an excellent educator, with an easy going style which makes learning blast and very accessible!
SUP Girlz Toronto
Paddle Into Fitness offers a thorough approachable SUP instruction and water safety. Gillian’s knowledge and experience gives valuable insight to what you might expect as an instructor and business owner. Her additional input into paddling techniques and yoga sequencing provides her students with a complete curriculum that will set them up for success on the water.
Kaitlin DeBrabandere Canada
Gillian & Kara provided an informational and fun experience! I loved the paddle critiques, the sequences are well thought out and fun, and the little tips about things that seem common sense were extremely helpful. They take the time to help you improve your personal practice & training while providing you with the information to develop an amazing SUP experience for others. I can’t wait to continue my SUP adventure and share the knowledge with my community! Seek adventure!
Tera Shea Dacus Little Rock, Arkansas
I thought it was super amazing how well each of your talents shined through. Kathryn was amazing at teaching yoga. Gillian was great for paddle technique and critiquing our paddling. Mandy did a lovely job at being personal and adding her spark to all the situations and being supportive. Everyone did an amazing job and you should be proud of what you have done! I was amazed at how great the info was, there was SO MUCH presented in a perfect format.
Amy Jo Iowa
I really like all three of you lovely gals and cherish this new found connection and friendship. I look forward to Level 2 Surf and SUP Yoga! I love this idea of networking and sharing SUP Yoga with individuals to help each other and build collective consciousness of this industry. Thanks again!
with love and light, Lacie Cosgrove Canada
Thank all of you so so much! This was truly an amazing training experience, I wish I could spend more time with all of you! I will definitely be coming to your classes next summer! Thank you all so much again!
Madelyn Quiter Hawaii
Gillian’s training is one of the best investments I’ve made! Not only is she a knowledgable, highly qualified paddler and yogi, she is also an inspirational human. Her thoughtfully designed course provides participants with the skills and confidence needed to run a safe and enjoyable SUP & SUP Yoga class. For anyone waiting to up-level their practice or share it with others, PIF is for you! See you in Toronto for SUP Fitness!
Meghan Juuti Sudbury, Canada
I loved how everything was so organized and clear. The verbal practice was invaluable for me. Gillian, you are a great teacher….saying instructions many ways until it clicks for everyone. Paddle Into Fitness is a great program, and Gillian is a knowledgable and fun instructor. I would recommend this for anyone who is interested in teaching SUP Fitness!
The training was great! I really enjoyed being out on the water and applying everything we learned in the classroom. Gillian did a fabulous job with instruction, demonstration, and showing us how to apply what we’ve learned on the water. I highly recommend her certification program to anyone looking to teach a variety of different classes. Most importantly, we had a fun time being certified!
Guernsey, Channel Islands
The six day stand up paddle, SUP yoga, and SUP fitness certification was an amazing experience. As a new stand up paddler, I found the entire experience very educational in a supportive, positive environment. The teach backs were very helpful to reinforce what we needed to know and how to teach it.
The training was great, fun, relaxed yet very thorough. I loved Gillian and Nicole together, a great pair offering their strengths. It was well paced, not rushed or boring. I recommend this class for any waterman or waterwoman seeking to increase their all around ocean and paddle knowledge. Gillian’s background as an ocean athlete and experience with yoga make her class an invaluable one. You will come away with new friends, new ideas, and a new outlook on Stand Up Paddleboarding.
Leane Darling Oahu, Hawaii
This training was by far the most professional and well done yoga training I’ve been to. It’s great to have it centered around safety, and Gillian is top notch as an instructor! She is patient and engaging with all her students, and there is a really great sense of mutual respect in the room at all times. Can’t say enough positive things!
Estoy muy agradecida por ser porte de este grupo Paddle Into Fitness. The instructors are amazing, thanks for giving me the opportunity and I really recommend this course. I’m very happy and satisfied. “Son Increibles”
Barbara Hinojosa Guadarrama