Growing up in Alaska, I became interested in yoga at a young age and started taking classes with my mom. I soon realized my passion for movement and through the years I have been involved with sports and fitness ranging from track and field in middle school, to volleyball in high school, weight training in college, to now being a fitness coach with Beachbody.
I attended Oregon State University Ecampus where I obtained my Bachelor’s of Environmental Science degree, with a minor in business and entrepreneurship. I then virtually attended Concordia University Texas where I obtained my Master’s of Business Administration degree. I chose to do both degrees online to allow myself the freedom to live in Australia, Hawai’i, Seattle, Los Angeles, and now Corpus Christi. Traveling is another passion of mine.
I started coaching four years ago because I realized how good being active and fit made me feel, and I wanted to help others reach that level of happiness and self love. I believe that fitness should be enjoyable in order to make it apart of every day life, and I am so excited to join the Water Dog team to teach these very fun, yet very challenging classes on the water!
My interest in fitness began in my childhood, practicing martial arts and playing multiple sports. I’ve always enjoyed helping others, and love seeing the progress that individuals make through my guidance. I studied Exercise Science at Lindenwood University-Belleville I currently keep myself active by competing in Mixed Martial Arts, and running Obstacle Fun Runs with clients. I plan on expanding my knowledge and obtaining a few more certifications to educate my future and current clients so that they will be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
My Training Philosophy: Working out Is about being a better you. Doing more than you were able to do yesterday, last week, last year.
Specializations: Weight Loss; Nutritional Education; Strength & Conditioning; Endurance Training; Fun Exercise Programs for Children; Teen Balance and Movement Training; Sports Specific
Certifications: ACE Certified Personal Trainer; ACE Fitness Nutrition Specialist; ACE Youth Fitness Specialist; HOPE CPR/ AED/ First Aid
Pearl is a Sheltand Sheepdog. She was born just before Hurricane Harvey in June 2017.
She enjoys playing fetch, long walks around the neighborhood, chasing cats and “Doga”. Her favorite yoga pose is Puppy Pose.
Pearl doesn’t like to swim, but she likes to play around the water! She makes an occasional appearance at Water Dog Floating Yoga.
Habibi is a Sheltand Sheepdog. He is Water Dog Floating Yoga’s Mascot.
He enjoys playing fetch, long walks around the neighborhood, chasing cats and “Doga”. His favorite yoga pose is downward facing dog.
Habibi doesn’t like to swim, but he is a natural SUP Pup! He makes an occasional appearance at Water Dog Floating Yoga for Paddle Conditioning on Sundays! He is helping to train is little sister, Peal, to be a SUP Pup!
As a young Texan, Heather McVay always had a love of dance, music and helping others. Heather attended Texas Christian University and Texas A&M University of Corpus Christi where she obtained a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science as well as a minor in Chemistry. Heather is currently an Executive Clinical Specialist with LivaNova/Neuromodulation providing devices for epilepsy and allowing Heather the opportunity to improve peoples’ quality of life through her work.
Growing up, Heather competed in gymnastics, ballet, Texas state swim team, and UCA cheerleader competitions, representing USA in London in 1992 and serving on staff in 1998. With her ballet background and natural love of performing, Heather became hooked on Pilates in 2004, and this past year completed her 500 hour Comprehensive Pilates Training through Body Arts and Science International. She has also been a Master Trainer for all three programs of PILOXING for the past 4 years. Heather lives on Padre island with her husband, Brett, and their English Bulldog, Francis. Having grown up in the Coastal Bend, Heather understands Stacie’s vision of introducing Pilates on the surf, and could not be more excited to join the Water Dog team taking their Pilates Instruction afloat.
Stacie is the owner and founder of Water Dog Floating Yoga. She received her certification in SUP Yoga from Austin, Texas as well as her RYT 200 from Black Swan Yoga in Austin, TX. She was a school teacher for twelve years, most recently teaching at Flour Bluff ISD. She has lived and taught all over the world including; Key West, Japan and Abu Dhabi. For her, staying active is an important part of life and its much more enjoyable outdoors. Stacie started competitive running at a young age and earned a scholarship to run Cross-Country and Track at Penn State University. She coached at Key West High School and later became a fitness and yoga instructor, teaching all over and locally at Gold’s Gym, Corpus Christi Athletic Club, Bayside Pilates and The Yoga Studio of Corpus Christi. Other group fitness certifications Stacie has include Yoga Kids, Mat Pilates, Piloxing and Les Mills Body Attack. In 2019 she became certified as a Personal Trainer. Stacie’s love for dogs, especially her Sheltie pups, inspired the name “WATER DOG”.
Josh is the co-owner of Water Dog Floating Yoga. He also teaches Paddle Conditioning classes along with Paddle lessons and workshops. He has lived in Corpus Christi for most of his adult life. Seventeen years ago he started a successful IT business in the city: Richline Technical Services. Josh is a long time, active sailor. He has crewed on racing sailboats on the East, West and Gulf Coasts of the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean. He is an active member of the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Josh also has extensive knowledge of boats and water safety as well as knowledge about the local waters, wind and weather conditions in the Corpus Christi Marina and Bay Area.
David an athlete, paddleboard enthusiast and SUP Surfer. He was born in Ponce, Puerto Rico and he attended the University or Puerto Rico, majoring in Psychology. He’s always been an athlete, playing basketball, volleyball and running track. He earned the “Athlete of the Year” award in high school. He was a sprinter and ran Track & Field in college on a partial scholarship. After college he took up rock climbing.
In 2007 he got married and moved to San Antonio, TX and in In 2012 moved to Corpus Christi, TX. His passion for cars led him to attain his Automotive Mechanic Certificate through Austin Community College and he also got his ASE (Automotive Service Excellence) certifications. Throughout the years David’s wife’s love for travel has taken them abroad to places like Rome, Berlin, Madrid, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai and Guatemala.
In 2016 David discovered the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding and he’s been hooked ever since! He can often be found paddling the canals of Padre Island or SUP surfing and finding his own peak. His love and respect for the ocean has grow immensely since he’s spent so much time on the water and he isnow a member of the Surfrider Foundation and he regularly attends and participates in beach clean up efforts.
Briana began her yoga practice at the age of nineteen while attending Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Every time she steps on her yoga mat she feel grounded, at peace, and more connected to who she is.
Thirteen years later she began stand up paddle boarding and realized she felt the exact same way while on a board. After months of renting a board, she decided it was time to buy her own and never looked back. When she’s not busy being a high school counselor, you can find her on my mat or on the water paddling away! In 2019 she was selected to participate in ‘Tyler’s Dam That Cancer‘, a prestigious paddle fundraising event in Austin, TX She completed the 21 mile paddle and helped raise money for cancer patients and their families.
Her intentions are to bring awareness to the sport of stand up paddle boarding and inspire others to get in the water and on a board.