About Yoga for Surfers®
It was 3:00am in the morning, and Peggy Hall shook her husband David awake.
"Sweetie -- I have it! I know what I'm going to do -- I'm going to create the first-ever Yoga for Surfers video so I can teach people around the world how to use yoga to improve their surfing!"
And so, back in 2002, history was born.
Click here to listen to Peggy tell her story about life before -- and after -- creating Yoga for Surfers®.
"After suffering from years of shoulder tendinitis, I was going to have to stop surfing because of the pain. I could barely lift my arm to comb my hair, let along surf. I was scheduled for shoulder surgery to release an impingement, but in the meantime I was going to physical therapy and enjoying the stretches.
I had been a competitive swimmer growing up, and then I did long-distance ocean swims in addition to surfing. All that time in the water took a toll on my body -- especially my shoulders -- and I was desperate for relief.
David, who I was dating at the time, asked me to join him in a yoga class. At first I rolled my eyes...yoga! Would I have to stand on my head, burn incense and chant? I didn't think that would help me at all. Keep in mind this was back in the late 90's before yoga was popular. The only class we could find was at the senior community center. But hey -- it was a date, so I agreed to go along.
That one yoga class ended up changing my surfing -- and changing my entire life. That first night, I slept so soundly and let go of a huge amount of stress that I didn't even know I was carrying around. I learned to breathe correctly, to listen to my body and to pay attention to what was going on around me. In short -- I learned how to live my yoga.
Then an amazing thing happened: my surfing improved dramatically -- and, more astonishing still -- I never ended up having the shoulder surgery after all, because yoga helped me heal. My shoulders are completely healthy and strong and I swim and surf nearly every single day, pain-free.
I was so impressed and astounded by how much yoga helped improve my surfing that I started looking around for a surf-specific yoga video, but there was nothing. That's when I had the 3:00 am "wake-up call" and had the flash of inspiration to make my own surf-specific yoga video -- and now, more than 10 years later since releasing our first Yoga for Surfers® video, we have a series of five best-selling YFS titles and we've heard from thousands of surfers around the world whose lives have been positively impacted by my teaching and philosophy. To say I am blessed is an understatement. I breathe a prayer of gratitude every morning and every evening for the amazing gift of being able to share my passion and to make a living doing so.
Now I have the great pleasure of helping other surf-stoked yogis create a lifestyle business through my Yoga for Surfers® Teacher Training Program. Since 2010, we've trained over 50 Yoga for Surfers® Certified Instructors from dozens of countries around the world. My mission is to be a shining example of all that is good in life and to inspire others to share peace, prosperity, passion, purpose and positive energy to all they meet. Together, we can bring help, hope and healing to the world. Won't you join us?"