About Us

Our Story


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Yoga Floats came about out of the desire to enjoy the breathtaking beauty and serenity of Oahu, Hawaii. An avid yogi and enthusiastic paddler, Kelsey, the founder of Yoga Floats, wanted to find a way to combine the deep sense of peace she found through yoga with the inspiring and uplifting feeling of being on the ocean. Though not the first person to envision SUP yoga, Kelsey wanted to be the first person to find a way to make SUP yoga affordable and accessible to anyone and everyone in Hawaii.

We envision a world where we are inspired by the beauty of nature. A world where we feel true connection with mother earth, with each other, and with ourselves. We endeavor to help transform lives through reflection, acceptance, and letting go. We aim to rekindle the spark for life with a sense of curiosity, playfulness, and fun. And we strive to practice gratitude every day.

Our Team


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Kelsey Barden Founder of Yoga Floats ~ MSc Environmental Education ~ SUP Yoga Instructor Trainer ~ E-RYT 200 ~ Red Cross Lifeguard

“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. My personal journey through yoga has transformed me into the instructor that I am today. Through finding peace and stillness, we are able to reflect on things that are truly important. Our yoga practice can be viewed as a metaphor for our lives – the things we practice and cultivate in our practice such as inspiration, connection, gratitude, joy, and acceptance start to show up off the mat and in our everyday lives. I teach from a place of love and understanding to cultivate a safe atmosphere where students feel empowered, connected, and free to embrace their own journey. 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.”

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Tabitha Solomonson MA in Marriage and Family Therapy ~ BA in Kinesiology ~ 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training ~ Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy Practitioner ~ American Red Cross CPR

“I thoroughly enjoy the serendipity and synchronistic moments that arise in life as gifts from the universe. I believe it is the intersection of being open to opportunity while trusting in one’s own intuition that opens up the endless potential of creating the life you want and love. From leading popular outdoor yoga classes on Sunset Cliffs in San Diego to conducting one on one yoga therapy sessions, I’ve witnessed the many benefits a strong mind-body connection offers. Now that I’ve returned home to Hawaii, I look forward to sharing a mindful approach with you while floating in paradise. In my classes I aim to keep things fun while exploring various themes geared at supporting your personal process, whether you’re looking to ride the waves of life, create a big splash, or simply calm the ripples of the minds’ pond.’I have been a seeker and I still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my Soul.'” ~ by Rumi

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Leane Darling MA in Spanish Literature and Cultural Studies ~ BA in Real Estate Finance ~ SUP Yoga Teacher Certified ~ CPR Certified ~ Athlete ~Traveler

“Try new things! This is what inspired me to get involved with SUP Yoga. As a professional prone paddleboarder and practitioner of yoga for over 10 years I decided that giving SUP Yoga a try would be a great decision. I was right! My background in teaching and consistent yoga practice fuels my passion to share this unique practice with others. Combining knowledge of board sports and the ocean with a yoga practice is a dream come true. The dynamics of the ocean, its currents, flows and constant movement are a reminder of the way life presents things to us each and every day. Letting go of your inhibitions and being willing to try new things is the greatest quality you can bring to a SUP Yoga practice. I have lived in Hawaii for 7 years and am passionate about the ocean. I received my SUP Yoga Teacher Certification in February of 2016 with Paddle Into Fitness and have begun this adventure with Yoga Floats. Come and share your practice with me and step off of dry land.”

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Eryn Pope BA Recreation Mgmt ~ SUP Yoga Teacher ~ Colorado River Guide ~ Swift Water Rescue ~ Alpine Ski Instructor ~ Red Cross CPR ~ WEA & NOLS Outdoor Leader Wilderness Skills, Backpacking & Sea Kayaking ~ Leave No Trace Master Educator

“The salvation of our souls lies outside of all of these man-made walls. We find ourselves in the effort and effortlessness it takes to spend time in the woods, in the water, on the mountain. I’ve spent years bringing people outside and helping them find their own spark there. You begin to find your sense of balance there. You begin to hear you own quiet but strong voice. Join us for transformation and time away from it all. Bring your heart to this practice. It will fill you with more life and more love for yourself and each being you encounter. I hope our paths meet soon! Namaste and best adventures.”

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Taryn Bond

“My connection to both my yoga practice and the ocean began at a very young age. Some of my earliest childhood memories are days spent at my grandparents beach house in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. On chillier days, I was often the only kid floating and playing in the ocean, and I would only come out when called by a family member… often shivering and covered in goosebumps but always with a smile on my face. My love of movement, exploring my body’s abilities, and finding joy in breaking through previous ‘limitations’ first manifested into a 10-year career as a competitive gymnast. When my gymnastics journey ended suddenly, I found yoga. In practicing and teaching, I’ve found my soul waiting for me with all the physical joy, emotional healing, and depth of spiritual connection that I’ve always craved. My love for yoga and the ocean grew into a lifeline and a deeper source of purpose that drew me to complete my yoga teacher training in Bali, Indonesia and move out to Hawaii at the age of 18. Since then, I have taught at studios all over the country, as well as schools, public events, and mentored new yogis one-on-one. Yoga Floats allows me to combine both of my passions at once; an experience I never thought possible, but am so grateful for nonetheless!”

Our Values


Inspiration

“The ocean stirs the heart, inspires the imagination, and brings eternal joy to the soul.” ~ Wyland

Joy

“Love the life you live. Live the life you love.” ~ Bob Marley

Gratitude

“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” ~ Meister Eckhart

Connection

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~ Rumi

Letting Go

“Be brave, take risks, and allow the unexpected.”