Catherine McMahon, MYA Founder and Operator

In 2007 Catherine returned to her native Charlottesville after over a decade of living, surfing and adventuring on the central California coast. Founding Mango SUP and Yoga Adventures, she discovered how to connect her life-long love of the water, adventure, and paddling with the beauty of Virginia’s lakes and countryside. For years as a sea kayak guide/naturalist in Monterey Bay, CA, Catherine provided paddling instruction and delighted in sharing the beauty of nature with her clients. When she returned to VA, she discovered another passion, her love of Stand Up Paddling (SUP). In 2013, after completing SUP Guide and SUP Yoga Instructor Certification Training with The Yoga Energy Studio in St. Petersburg, FL, Mango SUP and Yoga Adventures was born. Catherine is incredibly happy and grateful to be sharing her love for paddling and yoga with the local community. It is her goal to offer fun and safe paddling experiences celebrating in the beauty of the area’s waters. In addition to spending the warm months of the year leading paddle tours and SUP yoga classes, Catherine is also a yoga teacher with Opal Yoga in Charlottesville. She has her 200+ hr teaching certification from the renowned Asheville Yoga Center in NC and is registered with Yoga Alliance. She is currently working towards completing her 500-hr yoga certification and considers her yoga education a  life-long journey. Forever a surfer, in the winter, you can find her exploring the waves in the waters of Central America.