With a background as a police officer and an elite athlete in wrestling, Sofie came into contact with yoga after suffering a neck injury while in duty. As an injured police officer her life took a drastic turn where yoga became the tool for managing pain and the change to come. After a numbers of years on the yoga mat she realized that yoga had become so much more than just rehabilitation and made the decision to change her profession, leaving the police force and become a full time yoga teacher.
Sofie has a great passion for the ocean and stand up paddle surfing, so including SUP Yoga on her resume was an easy choice. She was the first yoga teacher in Sweden teaching yoga on a sup board, a collaboration with Surfbussen. She´s also specializing in yoga for surfers and athletes, sharing classes and workshops developed specifically for surfers, stand up paddle boarders and other athletes. With her personal experience from being an elite athlete, working with athletes is something she truly love.
Sofie is 200 hour E-RYT and 500 hour RYT with Yoga Alliance, sponsored by Roxy and Nordic EKO. She has been featured in magazines such as Nordic Surfers Mag, Tara Magazine and Yoga för Dig, and travel around Sweden and Spain teaching workshops, retreats and yoga teacher trainings.
One of the leading Yin Yoga teachers and trainers in Sweden and the Nordic countries
SUP Yoga pioneer Sweden, in collaboration with Surfbussen.
Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?
Of course. I am 23 years old and grew up in Jönköping, and I’ve always been interested in outdoor and adventure sports. Nowadays I’m based in Lund, which might seem a little strange for a whitewater paddler, but there are actually plenty of good spots in southern Sweden. I was trained as a mountaineer, and my first contact with whitewater paddling was through my education. During the past few years I’ve developed this into whitewater SUP, which is now the only thing I ride through the rapids. I’m a team rider for Black Cat Boards since about a year ago, which has helped my development in whitewater SUP a lot, but I’ve also been able to give them something back through my knowledge about whitewater paddling.
How did you start with whitewater SUP?
I was always interested in adventure and different action sports. I came into contact with whitewater kayaking through an education course some years ago and I was hooked immediately. Then I started noticing SUP getting bigger in Sweden, so when I got hold of my own board I started thinking about combining it with whitewater paddling, and it’s been that way ever since.
What is it about whitewater SUP that got you hooked?
The feeling of stepping out on the rapids with the SUP is absolutely amazing, and it’s just as fun every time. So getting hooked was easy and as I said, I always liked adventures and challenges. As you develop your skills and become able to take on bigger streams it just gets more fun.
Any tips for folks who want to try whitewater SUP?
The most important thing when paddling in rivers is to know your limits and to understand the rapids you’re going to paddle in. It’s a good idea to take a whitewater paddling course to learn the basics.
Start with the basics and gradually work your way upwards. You also need to be patient, because you’ll inevitably find yourself in the water many times before you learn precisely how to act in different river situations. Find your own style!
Practice technique! Don’t just go through the rapids, but find different ways to do it each time. For example, you can try paddling between backwaters, paddling across the rapids, and other things to improve your paddling technique. If you don’t have time to get out to the rapids all the time, practice technique on flat water. Practice pivot turns, different propping moves and standing positions on the SUP.
Don’t hesitate to get a SUP that’s specifically made for whitewater, like The Zapper. The extra liters you get with a special whitewater SUP make a huge difference! Another advantage is shallower fins, which means smaller risk of hitting the bottom when you go over shallow, rocky passages.
A human multi tool: surfer, heavy metal guitarist, fireman, Brazilian jujutsu blue belt, inventor of Hårdrocksfys, and of course a northerner from north of the Arctic Circle. We look forward to follow his adventures in Norrland on a CG14!