Julie Roach is an experienced and certified yoga practitioner with more than 800 hours of training with renowned yoga teachers*. As an instructor and trainer both on and off the water, her dedication over the past 17 years to yoga and sup yoga has established her expertise in the industry. She founded H2YO sup yoga in 2009 and continues to share the love of yoga practice bringing people together outside and on the water.
Julie is widely recognized as a pioneer for her role in the surging popularity of Sup Yoga. The development of H2YO yoga practice on Sup in 2010 won the attention of the American Canoe, kayak and Sup Association, the most respected educational organization dedicated to paddle sports.
Holding not only an instructor status with the ACA, but is one of the few instructor trainers that can certify at Sup and Sup yoga levels as well. She is honored to have been a major contributor for the Sup Yoga Curriculum and a contributing writer to the forthcoming ACA Sup Yoga Guide. 
Some of the other many events, programs, festivals and conferences Julie and H2yo instructors are invited to include: Yoga Journal Live, REI Outessa, Wanderlust Festival Stratton, Kripalu Center, 1440 Multiversity, Battle of the Paddle, Pacifica Paddle Games, SUPIA annual conference, Mongoose Cup, Standup for a Cure, Outdoor Retailer, Surf expo, Crystal Coast Cup, ACA National Paddle Conference.
Proudly sponsored by BIC SUP, Julie was instrumental on helping design the most popular SUP Yoga board on the market. The BIC 10’0” Cross and 11’0” Cross Adventure board. Founded in 1979, Baron Bich of BIC pen fame founded BIC Sport on a passion for water sports and world renowned expertise in sustainable manufacturing. BIC Sport is a sustainable and eco- friendly SUP manufacturer located in Vannes France. BIC has also been recognized by the European Ecoride organization has won many other eco-friendly business awards.
H2YO‘s core values are rooted in safety. As a member of the SUP Industry association, Julie has served on the safety educational panel. As a 4 year veteran ambassador for MTI adventurewear, a top of the line Personal Floatation Device [PFD] company, H2YO has implemented fun, educational programs for the SUPIA, PFDMA, ACANPC, Surf Expo and Outdoor Retailer conferences.
Other sponsored promotional campaigns include:
IndoBoard Yoga Board ambassador & ad campaigns: Lululemon, ambassador and ad campaigns: Samata magazine continuing contributor, REI Outessa program guide, OUTSIDE magazine video series Facing Waves, Ocean lineage, Sup the Mag, Standup Journal, Samata Mag, and Yoga Journal advertising campaigns.
*Inspiring Teachers Julie has direct training hours with:
Maju Jois, Bryan Kest, Shiva Rea, David Swenson, David Williams, John Friend, Amy Illipolitti, Alberto Villoldo
Lyndsey dabbled in yoga for many years but wasn’t totally sold until she used it to rehab after a major surgery. Finding inspiration through many encouraging and wonderful teachers, her practice has formed her into a stronger, happier person. Yoga has given her so much physically, emotionally and spiritually that she couldn’t wait to spread and share that love.
Lyndsey was yoga certified in 2014 by Wanderlust Yoga (200HR RYT) in Squaw Valley, CA and Austin, TX. Soon after, she was SUP Yoga certified by Julie Roach with H2YO & ACA. Stop in for a hug or a smile at the Lululemon in Winter Park Florida. Lyndsey is a Key Leader and community yoga coordinator at the beautiful Park Avenue location!
She continues to combine her love of travel, yoga and the water to practice and explore her passions. Working with beginner yogis is one of those passions. Helping them understand the amazing a practice of yoga can transform the physical form and at the same time reduce stress on the mind. “Yoga is for every type of person and every lifestyle; it doesn’t matter if you think you’re flexible or not. You can start anywhere with your practice and grow from that place!”
“I am a second-generation Floridian, raised with a deep appreciation and respect for the environment and nature, especially Florida’s wildlife and waterways. My dad’s nickname for me was “Little Sunshine Girl,” and I try to live up to it. I started standup paddling and SUP yoga when it first arrived in Central Florida in 2009, where I met Julie Roach. I’m a certified SUP instructor through ACA and completed H2yo’s first teachers’ training program, when I designed and helped edit the first H2yo instructors’ manual. My focus in teaching SUP yoga is peace of mind through meditation and communion with nature, safety, personal attention, and a great workout that builds strength and serenity.
I started practicing meditation when I was 18 years old to deal with stress. That was the late 1980s, before anyone called it mindfulness-based stress reduction. In the late 1990s, I started practicing kundalini yoga, which taught me yogic philosophy and how to meditate and breathe more deeply, accessing prana. It had such a profound effect on my body, mind, and spirit that people noticed I was glowing. What amazed me most was how quickly yoga transformed my strength, energy, mind, and physique. I had always been active, but nothing transformed by body as much as yoga’s coordination of breath, meditation, and movement.
In 2004, I completed my first 200-hour yoga teachers’ training in Yogi Bhajan’s kundalini yoga. In 2009, I completed a hatha yoga teachers’ training in the Sivananda tradition.”
My mantra is “Choose only love today.”
“Yoga teaches us to cure what we need not endure and endure what we cannot cure.”(- BKS Iyengar)
The reality is this: yoga saved my life. My daily ashtanga practice opened my wings and allowed me to begin to see, learn about, and appreciate me, ALL of me. I began practicing at 25, broken and lost. At 30 I knew creating a yoga habit was the way to bliss, or the illuminated path for me. I wanted to follow the ashtanga lineage after connecting with some powerful teachers and mentors. Patience, persistence, and lack of expectation are quite important elements to succeeding on this path so I vowed to learn about all of them, none of which come easy for me. I only decided to teach once yoga moved me. The shift was so great, and I had to share! So here I am, ready to share all I have learned and all I have experienced.
I am here to hold the space for you to have the experience your soul is looking for. I am committed to holding space for you, creating a fertile environment in which you feel safe to grow and evolve, and sharing healing through our yoga journey. In this space, love is the guiding power and breath.
My goal is to keep you safe, while still holding space for you to journey to peace. I’m passionate about practicing yoga in Nature (the beach, park, forest, on a mountain…literally anywhere inspiring!) and SUP Yoga. I value breath, safety, alignment, integrity, positivity, honesty and commitment, and aim to bring these qualities to my teaching. Together, we will root deep, grow, and evolve. I am so looking forward to meeting you right where you are and journeying together!
Jodi Ascherman holds certificates in the following: 200hr CYT Kripalu, thru Deva Parnell, H2YO SUP Yoga thru Julie Roach, ACA SUP 101, Thai Massage from Old Medicine Hospital in Chang Mai, First Aid, CPR, David Swenson’s Ashtanga Teacher.
I love life. I’m a student of life. I am grateful for my life!!!
Michelle has been stand up paddling, surfing and practicing yoga & Pilates for many years. After getting Pilate’s certified with PSC in California (PMA 550 Certified), she decided to advance her practice by getting yoga certified with Yoga Mittra School in Manhattan Beach, California (RYT 300). Michelle decided to also advance her skills with a certification in SUP Yoga training with H2YO in Orlando, Florida. Michelle’s love of the ocean and of yoga combined brought her to start teaching SUP yoga in the Southern California back in 2010 but has been Stand UP Paddling since 2008. SUP yoga changed everything and brought her practice back to ground zero. Michelle soon realized the benefits of “FLO YO” (floating yoga on and off the water) and wants to share this love with as many people as possible.
Michelle and long time partner, Jeremy had a goal of bringing a higher level of awareness to the importance of preserving and saving our oceans on a local level when they founded www.beyondtheshore.org. Beyond the Shore is a non-profit dedicated to ocean conservation, education and awareness in our local communities and our world.
Beyond The Shore’s goal is to reach out to the local community by hosting it’s Annual Beyond The Shore Paddlefest, see video attached. The BTS Paddlefest hosts the “Worlds Largest Stand UP Paddle Board Yoga Class”. Michelle taught to more than 160 people doing yoga together on paddle board last October 13, 2014.
Adding to the adventure, Michelle has been teaching her love of “Floating Yoga” all over the globe for the last few years, from the waters off Costa Rica to the waters in Bonaire, LaPaz and even to the far reaches of England & Spain. Her love for sharing these adventures had led her to host yoga and supyoga retreats & teacher trainings with Retreats Unlimited. Michelle’s love of the ocean, yoga and working with people shines through in everything she sets her mind to. Michelle considers “Life” an adventure everyday.
Accreditation and certifications
– 550 hour Pilates PMA Certified
– 350 RYT yoga alliance
– SUP yoga certified with H2Yo
– Groovy Kids Yoga Certified
– TRX & Zumba Certified
“I am so grateful to be a part of the H2Yo family! I completed a SUP Yoga teacher training with Julie Roach in 2015 which also certified me with the ACA as an accredited SUP Instructor. I love being on the water, so much so that chose to do my 200HR Yoga Alliance Certification in Key Largo, Florida. I’m currently studying towards a certification in holistic health coaching from Institute of Integrative Nutrition and truly love encouraging people to uncover their happiest, healthiest self! You can currently find me teaching in the studio at Harmony Yoga Maitland, and (fun fact!) I’m also a professional singer, so you may also catch me performing in shows at Universal Studios!
Check out my website OmGrownLiving.com for more info on my health coaching and studio yoga classes!”
Kat Bartlett has been practicing yoga for more than 20 years. In addition to her personal Ashtanga practice, Kat teaches stand up paddle board (SUP) yoga at Paddling Paradise in Melbourne, Florida, and at Drift SUP in High Springs, Florida.
Kat also works with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) students, providing an introduction to paddle boarding and paddle boarding adventures on the Eau Gallie River. With more than 20 years of experience as a classroom instructor, Kat is also a certified Fitness Onboard instructor, an APA certified SUP instructor, and has completed the H2YO training. Kat also holds WPA water safety certification and is CPR and first aid certified.
With over 18 years of experience as a Registered Nurse. Heather’s passion is now to assist her clients from a more holistic healing approach. We can help heal our bodies and minds through the practice of yoga. Heather first found yoga years ago after an accident nearly took her young son’s life. It was through the pranayama breathwork and meditation practice that helped her deal with the PTSD she experienced from that event. To Heather the physical practice of yoga was a moving meditation that assisted her with having a peaceful mind, her practice had the added benefit of weight loss, increased flexibility and better athletic performance during paddleboarding.
Seeing the benefits of yoga in her own life she choose to pursue her certification and obtain her 200 hr certificate from Full Circle Yoga in Orlando, FL. Additionally Heather has certifications as a Level 1 ACA Standup Paddle Instructor and a SUP Yoga Instructor. You can meet her on the mat and on the water. Heather believes that we are all truly connected and through practice and community we can all better our lives.
Bella Soul Yoga Studio – www.bellasoulyoga.com Madeira Beach, FL
“I respect those who smile in trouble, gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection.”
Anneliese is a Yoga/SUP Yoga instructor and co-owner of Cape Ann SUP. In 2012, she moved on from a 4-year collegiate field hockey career and found sanctuary on both her yoga mat and out on her paddleboard. She completed her 200-hr yoga certification with Marc St. Pierre and her SUP Yoga certification with Julie Roach of H2yO in 2013. Since then, she has been taking people out on the water for SUP Yoga classes Memorial Day – Labor Day. Her goal, both in and out of the studio, is to connect people with nature, be that their breath or the water under the board.