SUP YO was founded by Registered Yoga Teacher, Jana Olenio. Born and raised in New Hampshire and currently residing on Boston’s North Shore, Jana began teaching classes in Beverly Harbor on Boston’s North Shore in the spring of 2012. Five years later, and with a team of five SUPerstar instructors, SUP YO currently offers classes in 7 locations throughout the Boston area and the NH Seacoast from May to September. Here is Our Story:
Jana had been teaching yoga for a few years when her brother brought home his first Paddleboard in 2011. During her first experience onboard she felt an instant connection to it. Shortly after her first paddle, her brother suggested she try yoga on it. And the rest is history…
Jana began practicing on her own, and sometimes with yoga friends. She loved the challenge that being on the board offered while connecting with nature at the same time. To her, it was the perfect combination. Later that year while road-tripping through California Jana was stoked to discover that yoga teachers were leading SUP Yoga classes up and down the west coast. She took one class and knew instantly this was something she wanted to do and something she wanted to bring back to New England. Jana received her SUP Yoga certification from OnBoardSUP in Sausalito, CA and returned home to begin SUP YO in the spring of 2012.
She began teaching classes out of a SUP shop (PaddleBoard New England) in Beverly Harbor on Boston’s North Shore. Classes were an instant hit! So the following season SUP YO expanded into Boston’s South Shore as well as the NH Seacoast offering additional classes in Hingham, MA and Rye & Seabrook, NH. After another successful season, SUP YO expanded their fleet, growing the size of their classes from six to ten students in the summer of 2014. During the summer of 2015, SUP YO grew from one to three instructors and expanded to three new locations including Boston Harbor, Newbury MA and Amesbury MA, totaling 7 locations throughout MA & NH and growing their fleet to 20 boards!
Today, SUP YO offers classes on the water in Rye NH, Seabrook NH, Amesbury MA, Beverly MA, Boston MA, Hingham MA and Chelmsford MA from May to September. In addition, we offer Yoga Hikes in the White Mountains of NH, Full Moon Paddles once per month, Sunset Paddles, SUP Yoga for Kids, ‘Back to Earth’ Weekend Retreats in New England and 7-Night Destination Retreats Worldwide.
Our mission is: “To inspire others to get outside and connect with nature through the practice of Yoga.”
Join us to Increase Focus & Concentration, Increase Balance & Core Strength, Connect with Nature & Challenge your practice with SUP YO!
“Being out in nature allows for a deeper connection with the earth. Practicing on a paddleboard provides an added challenge to your regular yoga practice, increasing focus, concentration, balance & core strength. The peacefulness and tranquility of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga. I am passionate about the outdoors and yoga and I truly LOVE what I do. Every time I sit and watch my students enjoying a floating savasana, I can’t help but look up at the sky and say THANK YOU.” -Jana Olenio, Owner and Founder of SUP YO