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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. Kelsey wanted to find a way to make SUP yoga accessible to anyone and everyone in Hawaii.

Yoga Floats envisions a world where we are all 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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Anny Barlow BSc in Oceanography & Math ~ 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification ~ IKO Instructor Level 2 (International Kitesurf Organization) ~ Expeditionary traveler/photographer

Anny Barlow has been with Yoga Floats and instructing SUP yoga since Feb. 2019. As a yoga practitioner for over 8 years as well as a kitesurfing instructor for over 10 years, SUP yoga was a natural fit combining her love for yoga and water sports in one!

An ever-enthusiastic personality with a passion for the ocean, Hawai’i, and yoga, she’s a wonderful addition to our team.

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Rachel Harris B.S. Psychology ~ RYT200 ~ CPR/AED certified ~ Licensed Massage Therapist ~ Trauma Informed Care Facilitator

Rachel was always active growing up, running, playing soccer and eventually climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. She soon found herself busy juggling life being a wife, mom and athlete. Other than caring for her family, triathlons, road and trail races, and CrossFit were her passions. After a serious back injury, Rachel found yoga. It was the one exercise that she could do without pain. After deciding to pursue her YTT Rachel soon found that yoga was not just an exercise, but much needed therapy to slow down and turn inward. Whether it be the Pacific, Atlantic, or Indian Ocean, Rachel has always felt nurtured by the water and believes in its healing properties. A recent transplant to O’ahu, she feels grateful for the opportunity to combine her love of yoga on the water. When she’s not teaching she’s with her family, on or in the water, hiking and enjoying nature.

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Krysta Gallager MS in Curriculum and Instruction ~ BS in Education ~ 200 hr YTT ~ Adult and Pediatric CPR/AED and First Aid

Krysta began practicing yoga as a way to deal with her consistent back pain and physical limitations. After discovering all of the benefits practicing yoga regularly, she knew she needed to share this practice with others. In June 2016, Krysta headed to Rishikesh for her Yoga Teacher Training and has been sharing her knowledge with students of all ages and levels, in various environments, ever since.

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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.”