The same principles that Lindsay Steinriede teaches in her yoga classes at MiraCosta College helped her ride the waves to victory in a 2011 international surfing competition in France. Lindsay stayed calm in the face of intense pressure during 20-minute heats on route to her first place victory against two-time champion, Jennifer Smith, in the Roxy Pro Women's World Longboard Tour event in Biarritz. The win catapulted Steinriede to the number one spot on the international rankings of the Association of Surfing Professionals.
“Yoga helps bring me a calmness and clarity, so I can gain a better perspective on life and situations I am dealing with,” says Lindsay, associate yoga instructor in MiraCosta College’s Kinesiology Department.
“I came into the race reminding myself that all I could do was my best and that even if I lost a heat, there were more important things in life.”
It’s that kind of mindset that students learn in Lindsay’s yoga classes.
Lindsay says she tries to create an environment where students can come, relax, clear their mind, forget about any expectations, feel accepted, and work on accepting themselves and embracing who they are.
“I love teaching yoga because I know what it has done for me, and have seen the power it has on people, and I want to be able to spread this way of finding more peace and happiness to as many students as are willing to try it.”
Lindsay also teaches yoga, pilates, and surfing at Saddleback College, where she coaches the surf team and is assistant coach of the women's soccerteam.
Growing up in Dana Point, Lindsay, started surfing with her father, who taught her when she was 7 years old atnearby Doheny State Beach. She fell in love with the sport and began competing locally at age 12.
At Dana Hills High School, she was not only on the surf team, but also on the volleyball, soccer, and track and field teams, becoming the 2002-03 South Coast League’s Athlete of the Year and making the athlete’s hall of fame at her school. She started surfing professionally when she was 17.
“Once I realized that surfing could take me around the world I was hooked on competing.”
She won the Women’s United States Championships against 80 longboarding competitors at the Roxy Jam Cardiff hosted by the Association for Surfing Professionals in 2006 and took the North American title in 2010 after a series of wins at Ocean Beach, Huntington Beach and Waikiki.
Lindsay started college on a soccer scholarship at UC San Barbara, but got injured and couldn’t play after her second year, so she transferred to San Diego State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2008. She holds a master’s degree in physical education from the University of South Florida. Lindsay lives in Dana Point with her husband who shapes surfboards and has his own surfboard and board manufacturing company called Nation.