About Peggy Hall

After suffering from years of shoulder tendinitis, Peggy was facing surgery and a long recovery out of the water. Thanks to her hubby's insistence to try yoga (yes, he got her into yoga!) Peggy discovered that not only did her shoulder heal but her surfing improved dramatically. Looking for a surf-specific yoga video but finding that nothing like that existed, Peggy set about to become certified in yoga so she could share the stoke of the life-changing benefits of the practice...and now, more than 10 years later, she has positively impacted thousands of surfers the world over who share her mantra, "Breathe - realx - focus - enjoy!"

"The moment of being on a wave is so fleeting -- yet so thrilling -- that you want to experience it again and again, no matter how many waves you catch!  Like surfing, yoga gives you a glimpse into what it is to be in that place of utter freedom – completely outside of the boundaries of time, constraints, obligations and expectations -- just powerful, alive, open and free!" ~ Peggy Hall, Yoga for Surfers Creator
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Meet Peggy Hall, Creator of YOGA FOR SURFERS®


Peggy Hall -- Pioneer of the Global Yoga + Surf Movement

Known around the world as the creator of the best-selling YOGA FOR SURFERS® DVDs, Peggy grew up as a competitive swimmer in Southern California and has always been at home in the water. From her early days swimming and playing water polo on the boy's team in high school to her adult years of long-distance ocean swims, Peggy finally took the plunge in her mid-30's and learned to surf, thanks to her then-boyfriend (now husband) David, who also introduced her to yoga! (For a complete story about Peggy's journey, click here to listen as she spills all the beans about her transition from university administrator to yoga entrepreneur!)

Surf-stoked YOGA FOR SURFERS® creator Peggy Hall has been called a "legend" by Surfer Magazine as the pioneer of the wildly popular surf + yoga movement. Since 2002, her best-selling YOGA FOR SURFERS® DVD Series has transformed the lives of thousands of surfers around the world and has inspired countless others through her hundreds of fitness articles, audios, radio programs and television appearances. (Read more about Peggy at www.PeggyHall.com.)  A certified yoga instructor, holistic nutritionist, published author, radio personality and TV host, Peggy's youthful exuberance, positive outlook and upbeat personality have helped change the lives of thousands around the world. 

Prior to her splash into the wellness field, Peggy enjoyed a fulfilling career in international education, serving as the Director of Teacher Education Programs at the University of California Irvine Extension. Fluent in French and Arabic, Peggy has a bachelor's degree in Political Science and a master's degree in International Relations. She taught English in Morocco for the Peace Corps and also worked in marketing and advertising for Proctor & Gamble in Casablanca. She still travels the world for yoga + surfing, filming yoga DVDs and holding retreats in places like Hawaii, Tahiti, Mexico and Australia.

Peggy's health, wellness and nutrition articles have appeared in dozens of major magazines, and for the past five years she has shared her simple, surprising tips as the featured wellness expert for the ABC Radio Network. You can see Peggy on network television as the resident wellness guru for the nationally-syndicated daily TV show, America Now. Stay in touch with Peggy by signing up for her free weekly wellness tips at www.PeggyHall.com

Peggy is the creator and producer of the best-selling series YOGA FOR SURFERS® and BABY ON BOARD Pre-Natal Yoga Series®. Peggy's upbeat, encouraging voice is the one you'll hear on the DVDs as she leads you through the yoga sequences.

After using yoga to heal her chronic shoulder tendonitis in the late 90's and discovering how it dramatically improved her surfing, she set out on a mission to spread the yoga vibe to as many surfers as possible!

Read Peggy's personal story here.

Starting in 2002, Peggy and her husband David produced the first-ever YOGA FOR SURFERS® DVD and now have four titles in the comprehensice series! (Yes, they "inspired" a few copy-cats along the way, but the smart surfers like pros Tom Carroll, Taylor Knox and Garrett McNamara appear in and endorse Yoga for Surfers!

Since 2002, YOGA FOR SURFERS® has sold over 125,000 copies to surfers all pver the world, and Peggy hears from surfers every day who share their stories of how Yoga for Surfers helped them surf better -- and live better!

A highly sought-after and engaging speaker, Peggy was selected to lead yoga classes for Fortune Magazine's 50 Most Powerful Women Conference in 2007, alongside such luminaries as Ariana Huffington, Meg Whitman and Sally Ride. Billy Jean King taught tennis lessons, and Peggy Hall taught yoga!

Peggy has a loyal following in her yoga classes in Laguna Beach and presents special workshops on health and wellness for various resorts and spas throughout Southern California. She created the first-ever "Fit for Surf" conditioning program for Equinox Fitness.

Known for her enthusiastic and inspiring teaching style, Peggy draws from various styles of yoga and uses an intuitive approach to create innovative, challenging and enjoyable classes. Her clear instruction and encouraging approach makes even the most demanding poses accessible to all, and her radiant energy is an excellent testament to the life-enhancing benefits of yoga!

In addition to receiving a Certificate in Yoga Studies from the University of California Irvine Extension, Peggy also completed her advanced teacher training at Sacred Movement in Santa Monica, CA. She is also certified by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) as a Personal Trainer and Weight and Lifestyle Management Consultant.

A longtime instructor at the university level, Peggy is the former Director of Teacher Education Programs at the University of California, Irvine Extension. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Fluent in French and Arabic, Peggy lived in Paris for a short time and also in Morocco for several years where she first taught English for the Peace Corps and then worked in marketing for Proctor & Gamble.

Prior to her career in health and wellness, Peggy provided corporate training in business writing, presentation skills and accent reduction for dozens of Fortune 500 companies through her own cross-cultural communications business. 

When she’s not teaching, writing or surfing, Peggy is involved in rescuing animals and helping place them in their "forever homes" through Compassion for All, the non-profit organization she founded with her husband David. Peggy and her husband live in Southern California with their Rottweiler Teddy and their four beloved cats, two of which Peggy rescued while doing animal rescue work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Peggy considers herself as simply a "professional encourager". That's because she can't stand to see people struggle with health and weight issues and get bogged down in the confusing clutter of conflicting health information -- or even worse -- to beat themselves up over not being "good enough". For over a decade, Peggy has been a bright light in the wellness field, creating clarity out of chaos and setting people straight with her simple secrets to living life to the fullest -- mind, body and spirit. She continues to inspire and encourage people the world over with her contagious enthusiasm and positive outlook, believing that "You don't have to be perfect to be a success!"

Peggy lives each day with cheerful curiosity and positive expectations that "The best is yet to come". She not only believes it; she knows it...and sends her wish that the same will be for you too.