I would love to welcome to the table, something a little bit different today. If you have been reading my blog you will know that I am now marketing for brilliant Bondi based brand Anchor Shapes Paddleboards, where you can buy some of the best SUP boards in town! The leopard 9’6 is still my favourite.
I love raving about a healthy lifestyle inside and out and I thought what better way to introduce two of my favourite things combined into one. SUPping (Standup Paddle Boarding!) and Yoga!
Kat Harding of Kat Harding Yoga is based in Noosa, QLD. She runs fabulous Yoga retreats which are designed to nurture as well as strengthen, tone and invigorate the body. Most recently qualifying to become a Yoga SUP instructor. Where she combines her love of the water and yoga. I had to interview Kat as I really wanted to hear in depth the ins and out Kat Harding Yoga. Want to see how I got on…
1. When and how did you start Kat Harding Yoga? What were you doing before this? What inspired you to start it?
I started Kat Harding Yoga one year ago.I had returned to Noosa Heads after living on the Isle of Wight in Southern England for a couple of years. I initially inspired by my mum who completed her yoga teacher training two years earlier. On a three month trip through Australia, Sri Lanka and the Maldives in early 2013 I made my decision to fully immerse myself into the world of yoga! I was inspired by moving into the outdoors, a healthy and easy lifestyle. I wanted to also share the incredible benefits of yoga which I have craved to find out with anyone who would listen. It took a couple of fantastic and inspiring yoga teachers and my Mum’s “can do anything” attitude and Kat Harding Yoga grew from there.
2. How did you get into SUP Yoga?
I first got into SUP Yoga on the Isle of Wight, I was spending a lot of time at the local water sports centre, where I was experimenting with yoga on their paddle boards. I then tried a class while in the Isle of Wight and absolutely loved it. I knew when I came back to Australia that SUP Yoga was what I wanted to share with the world.
3. Where is your favourite place to practise yoga and why?
My favourite place to practise yoga would either be soft sand of the beach or on mySUP board on the water. I love being connected with the ground and the ocean as well as the fresh air and sounds. The beach or my SUP boards also adds a level of complexity which requires focus and balance. It also hurts less when you fall in the water or on soft sand!
4. What do you think the main benefits of SUP Yoga are? And how do you find our 10’6 SUP yoga board to practise on?
The main benefits of sup yoga are:
– Increased balance, you realise the sides or parts of your body you can favour and begin to work on those that you typically avoid
– Fresh air; you can’t beat the fresh air coming straight in off the ocean, its also helps you sleep better at night.
– Increased confidence, in the water and in your movements.
I often find beginners (both in yoga & SUP) join me on the water, by the end of the class they are moving around their SUP boards and trying new poses that ether would never thought they could do.
I find the Anchor Shapes SUP Yoga Board perfect to practise on, its the right width, it is extremely stable and perfect for cruising around the rives and coves of Noosa.
5. What are your favourite SUP poses on the board? (photos please)
My faves are urdhva dhanurasana (wheel), sirssasana (headstands) and all virabhadrasana (warrior)
6. You have just written an e-book (which I definitely about to buy!) Get Active, Nourish & Be Grateful, would you be able to tell our audience a little bit about it?
The Get Active, Nourish & Be Grateful ebook that I co-wrote with a great friend Nicole Kropp (Holistic Health Coach) contains 61 pages of fat burning circuits, yoga flows (which you can practise on your SUP board too!), mini meditation guides, healthy and easy to make recipes and more. It came about from a competition where Nicole and I wanted to inspire and equally be inspired by all of the wonderful and beautiful souls out there who share their healthy living snaps. For us its not all about fitness but taking a well rounded approach to healthy living, including practising gratefulness and everything in moderation. We also wanted to create a guide that was easy and simple to use so that there are no excuses and no expensive pieces of equipment that you have to buy, basically nothing to hold you back.
7. Last but not least, in the next year or so what can we see from Kat Harding Yoga?
In the next year you’ll see more of me in my role as a Wanderlust Wayfarer (including a bit of SUP Yoga action!) in an event hosted on Cockatoo Island, Sydney in February. Pop Up Yoga will be running throughout January in Noosa Heads by the water. I’ll also be funning yoga for surfers workshops and classes throughout the Noosa Festival of Surfing in March. On top of that I will also be running my very own SUP Yoga retreat in the stunning Noosa Heads from 20th-22nd March 2015 and some more later on in the year (dates TBC).
Thank you so so much Kat for giving us a fabulous insight into every thing SUP, Yoga and also Kat Harding Yoga. Oh to live in Noosa Heads (I would be at popup yoga everyday of the week). Hopefully see you in Cockatoo Island.
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Hope you enjoyed this lovely interview from the incredibly inspiring Kat Harding. I would highly recommend picking up one of her e-books “Get Active, Nourish & Be Grateful” all for $9.95 (perfect stocking filler!) and also if you are looking at getting into SUPping look no further and get yourself an Anchorshapes Paddleboard. We ship worldwide, just need to quote you on freight.
Happy Monday folks. 3 days until Christmas Yeww