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Hidden Gems: Meet Sarah Tiefenthaler of YOGAqua

Today we’d like to introduce you to Sarah Tiefenthaler. 

Hi Sarah, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
In October of 2010, I traveled to Costa Rica to complete my first Yoga Teacher Training. When I returned home to Los Angeles, I craved for an activity that could keep me outdoors in nature, as I had been for the last month in Costa Rica. As luck would have it, I was invited to try paddle boarding for the very first time at Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey. As soon as I took one look at the board, I laughed and said, “I’m going to do yoga on that thing.” So, I did, and it was an incredible feeling, so incredible that I started to put together a plan to start my own business offering yoga on stand-up paddle boards. My company launched only a few short months from that moment. YOGAqua turned 11 this past July, and I now have three locations; Marina Del Rey, Ventura, and Vancouver. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It wasn’t always smooth sailing. At the time of YOGAqua’s creation, stand-up paddle board yoga was not a “thing.” I had to figure it out as I went, including learning the ins and outs of permitting for fitness instruction in a public place. There was a little pushback from the County at first, but I stayed persistent and followed their rules. Also, in the beginning, I didn’t incorporate anchors, so my class was free floating which was a bit chaotic, as you can imagine. I got fed up with the yogi wrangling and took myself down to the local boat supply store and fashioned my own anchor sets to be provided with each board. This made a world of difference. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next, you can tell us a bit more about your business?
YOGAqua is LA’s premier Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga studio operated out of Mothers Beach in Marina Del Rey. YOGAqua was established in July 2011 by owner and founder Sarah Tiefenthaler. Classes are open to “all levels.” Students are taken through a Vinyasa Yoga flow with customized and detailed instruction for the paddle board so even if they have not been practicing yoga for years or if they have never been on a paddle board, they will be able to follow along with no problem. A YOGAqua class is 90 minutes long, the first 30 minutes is dedicated to learning how to properly use a paddle board and peacefully paddle around the harbor, and the remaining hour is dedicated to yoga on the paddle board. Each board has an individual anchor that is dropped down before the Yoga portion of class begins so that the student does not drift away while focusing on their practice. 

YOGAqua offers classes year-round in Marina Del Rey and Ventura and also offers a SUP Yoga Teacher Training Certification course 3-4 times per year. 

We all have a different ways of looking at and defining success. How do you define success?
Success is finding something you love and making a career out of it. 


  • $44 Single Class
  • $90 Intro 3 Pack (New Students Only)
  • $175 5 Class Pack
  • $295 10 Class Pack
  • $175 Private Lesson (1-3 people)

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