I'm so thrilled to share India Pearson's episode with you. I discovered her on Instagram and was struck by the light and kindness that shines through. I think you will love her too!
India is a yoga + SUP Yoga teacher, presenter and founder of Fin and Flow based on the Kent Coast in Hythe. As a former dancer, India found yoga after struggling with anxiety and the unforgiving pressures that can be felt in the performance industries. After what felt like a 'mid 20's crisis' India changed her mindset and started focusing on what fuelled her soul, instead of what felt expected. She left London, moved to the Kent coast, trained as a yoga teacher and developed a passion for watersports including SUP!
The more time India spent by and on the water, the more she noticed a positive impact in her own mental and physical health. Not only this, she also wanted to give back and protect the coastline, running regular beach cleans and fund-raising initiatives for environmental charities.
India currently runs yoga/beach cleans for Planet Patrol and in June 2020 embarked on a solo SUP trip, to paddle board the length of the Royal Military Canal between East Sussex and Kent in 1 day whilst litter picking and raise money for a '2 Minute Beach Clean Board' on Hythe Beach. With the help of a friend and trusty mobile phone India has put together a film of her adventure, to highlight the damage litter and most importantly plastic pollution is having on our waterways.
India has combined her passions together and founded Fin & Flow, a hub for like minded people to connect through wellbeing by the sea, from yoga to paddle boarding wild swimming, walking and beach cleans.
In this episode, India shares lots of wonderful and helpful information about SUP Yoga - from what to wear to what to expect and how it can really benefit us, meditation and mindfulness. She also tells us about her fundraising challenge for 2MinuteBeachClean and the On Planet Patrol app. There is also a brilliant story about the amazing things that can be done upcycling an old pair of waders! India gives us some insight into the British Canoeing She Paddles campaign and her dream location to paddle in the UK and her most memorable SUP moment.
It was an absolute joy to talk to India and learn more about SUP Yoga. Here's to rising by lifting others, dancing on the waves and a nice cup of tea and piece of cake!
You can find India here:
Instagram - @with_india / @finandflow
Website - www.finandflow.co.uk
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Other links she talks about are above or on Instagram - @onplanetpatrol / @2minutebeachclean / @lornadoyledesign / @british.canoeing / @hathapaddleboards
Thank you for listening! I do hope you enjoyed the podcast. If you have any questions or would like to suggest a guest please get in touch! My email is email@example.com and our Instagram page is @thejoyofsuppodcast. Follow #thejoyofsuppodcast on Twitter and Instagram too. On Facebook we are TheJoyofSUPPodcast. The website is www.jomoseley.com
Wishing you sunshine and joy, please always put safety first and thank you for joining us. See you again soon, Jo x @thejoyofsuppodcast_
All photos credit + copyright India Pearson