ISYA Vision

To promote safety and educational standards in SUP Yoga practices.

ISYA Values

  • To regulate educational standards in SUP Yoga teachings
  • To promote safe SUP Yoga practices worldwide
  • To create a SUP Yoga community and network
  • To regulate SUP Yoga teaching standards internationally
  • As with all aquatic activities, SUP Yoga has inherent risks, the ISYA oversees training and accreditation standards to ensure safe SUP Yoga practices worldwide.

ISYA Committee

The ISYA standards were devised by a committee of dedicated experts in Stand Up Paddle boarding, yoga and water safety as well as educators in training and assessing.

All committee members recognized the need for international regulation in SUP Yoga teacher trainings and practices, these have been developed collectively, setting the benchmarks for SUP Yoga safety, education and training.

The ISYA expert panel committee is open to having new members. To join, address an email to the ISYA committee expressing your interest. The committee will review and take into consideration applications and respond accordingly.

Peter Nelson

Peter Nelson

Expert Panel committee- Water safety/ Public safety

Australian Surf Life Saver with 45 years’ experience on the beach. President of Champion Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Western Australia. Open Water Ocean Swim competitor event organiser and water safety risk assessor. Water safety and rescue trainer.

Jolie Manza

Jolie Manza

Expert Panel Committee- YOGA

The Founder of YogaKoh, an International yoga school, and teacher of over 15 years, 2020 will be Jolie’s 8th year leading Yoga Teacher Trainings globally. She has graduated hundreds of students and can truly say she is happiest guiding people into new discoveries of their mind and body.

Rou Chater

Rou Chater

Expert Panel Committee- Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand Up Paddleboarder, SUP magazine editor and publisher. SUP enthusiast with many years in the SUP industry. Rou is a professional watersports and action sports photographer. He advises the ISYA on all SUP related matters.

Kellie Batilliana

Kellie Battilana

Expert panel committee- Training and assessing

Training and assessing lecturer, with many years lecturing in fitness and training and assessing certifications. First aid and life guard trainer. Kellie advises the ISYA on her specialist skillset areas.

ISYA expert panel board member

Cristiana Chessa

expert panel committee- Stand Up Paddleboarding

SUP athlete and race competitor, flat water, marathon, technical racing and distance downwinding. Australian SUP Titles winner and Marathon Champion. Australian Ocean Racing Series, SUP Female winner since 2015. The Doctor Race from 2015 and going. SUP Female winner in 2017 and 2018 King of the Cut from 2013 and going. SUP School owner and head coach since 2016. SUP instructor trainer, SLSA Surf Rescue, RLSS START (School Teacher Aquatic Rescue Training and Resuscitation)

ISYA Ambassador Lalah

Lalah De Dios


Lalah de Dios is the founder and director of Aquanimous Yoga, Philippines. She started her yoga journey in 2008 while on a surfing trip and got immediately hooked. She immersed herself in the Ashtanga Vinyasa tradition and Vipassana Meditation. She became a 200-Hour Certified Yoga Teacher in 2010 and a Certified SUP Yoga Teacher in 2015. Her yoga journey has taught her that yoga, such as life, is not about attainment; rather it is an unending process of self-love, self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-transformation.

ISYA Ambassador

Kristine Garlan-Hando

ISYA Ambassador Guernsey

"Kristine was born in the Philippines and grew up in Guernsey, Channel Islands, where she has been teaching SUP Yoga since 2014 as well as pre/post natal, children’s/teens. With formal complementary Health Therapy qualifications in remedial reflexology, holistic body massage, aromatherapy, and counselling studies. Kristine is Reiki attuned, and enjoys the benefits of Vipassana and Transcendental Meditation. During winter she teaches pool SUP Yoga and monthly SUP Yoga Nidra aligned with full moon energies. In summer Kristine loves taking practice onto the ocean against the gorgeous backdrop of Guernsey.

ISYA ambassadors

Bryan and Nancyennie

ISYA Ambassadors new caledonia

Bryan and Nancy are SUP Yogis living on the island of new Caledonia. Bryan is passionate about fitness and board sports and a certified SUP Yogi. Nancyennie is a professional masseuse, and It was during a trip to Peru that she decided to do her Yoga teacher training in Vinyasa flow and Raja yoga. Over the years she has specialised her Yoga teachings to include pre/post natal Yoga and SUP Yoga. Both Bryan and Nancy run a SUP Yoga school on their island, a first of its kind for new Caledonia and in such an ideal tropical location.

ISYA Ambassador


ISYA Ambassador Taiwan

Summer grew up on a small island in Taiwan. Now an ocean lover, but wasn’t an outdoor girl before. Summer started teaching SUP Yoga and yoga from 2014. When practicing SUP for the the first time, she couldn’t express how much she loved it! Summer decided to combine SUP and yoga to create something wonderful for her members. She then became certified in SUP Yoga. Watching her members enjoy the journey of finding balance was important to Summer, and also it is another way for her to experience her beautiful country.

ISYA Ambassador

Daniela La Selva

ISYA Ambassador Italy

Studio owner and passionate Yoga teacher, Daniela teaches SUP Yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga, Yin, Nidra and yoga trapeze. Daniela believes the yoga path is something that you achieve day by day by living a yogic life, not just through a yoga certification. It’s a calling, you are the bearer or better the ambassador of a universal message!

ISYA ambassador

Lynn Mc Hugh-Pestka

ISYA Ambassador Greece

Lynn has been teaching SUP Yoga, Hatha And Yin Yoga classes on Kos Island for 9 years at her outdoor yoga shala by the sea. She have taught hundreds of yoga beginners and people who are new to SUP Yoga, and says it really is fabulous to see so many smiles and to have so much fun! Lynn is also a keen windsurfer, kitesurfer and paddle boarder.

Axelle Roucou

ISYA Ambassador France

Originally from the North of France, this frenchy describes herself as a "happiness dealer ». A few years ago, she swapped her journalist microphone for yoga and trained as she traveled in bikram yoga, Ashtanga-vinyasa, yin, Sup-yoga and women's yoga. A bit crazy, she then created Romeo,an original yoga truck and Serial Yoger. Adapting to any environment, it is never confined to basic places where yoga classes are given.

Remi Bachere

Remi Bachere

ISYA Treasurer

Entrepreneur and French jewellery business owner, he applies his financial knowledge and experience to the ISYA in the role of treasurer. Passionate about the ocean, he grew up in the popular surfing hot spot Hossegor where surfing is the way of life. Remi is an avid surfer and Stand Up Paddler.

Chantal Crinquand

Chantal Crinquand

ISYA Director

Passionate Yogi, SUP yogi and paddleboarder, Chantal is the founder and director of the ISYA. Chantal is a SUP Yoga educator and trainer with many years of developing and facilitating workshops. With formal qualifications as a trainer and educator, she contributes her skills to the development of ISYA educational resources.