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It’s been a while…

It’s been about 3 months since my last post. Between moving and switching jobs, I took a break to just surf, practice yoga and get our new house situated…but now I’m back! So, what have I been up to?

Well, I definitely surfed all Summer, worked on some techniques, and started have a board professionally shaped (more to come on that). I found out that I’m a better surfer goofy-footed, and lately I have been practicing my skills using both feet. I have really loved being part of dawn patrol, and even more comfortable surfing in the dark. Although, lately with it being so dark in the morning, I will switch to afternoon surfs for a while.

As for my yoga practice,  I have been bouncing from studio to studio again trying to find the yoga studio that suits me the best. I’m not going to lie; it’s been a huge struggle. I have been missing teacher led yoga, especially since I’m surfing and working out SO often!

I also started to incorporate Crossfit into my workout routine. I decided I needed to get stronger, especially when carrying a 20 pound surfboard down to the beach shore. The workouts are intense, but the group I found is amazing and supportive. The trainers listen to what I need to get out of Crossfit, which enables me to be a better surfer.

It’s been a transformative three months, but now I’m back!

Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Yoga Classes, Surfing, and the O’Neill Memorial Paddle Out

Well, it’s been a while readers! The reason I have been so silent, is that the husband and I moved into a new house which we are super excited about. Now that we are finally settled into our new place, I finally can share with you the  past couple of weeks.

First fun thing that happened over the last couple of weeks is that I participated in a community yoga class. I haven’t been to a teacher lead class in a long time, as my computer has been my yoga instructor, so it was nice to not watch YouTube. Between the move and surfing, my pesky shoulder blade was acting up, and a new fun South Swell was going to hit Santa Cruz, so I wanted to be in tip top shape. Luckily, the yoga instructor did a lot of shoulder openers and back strengthening, so I was good as new.

The surf the past couple of weeks has been really fun and we actually have waves! The waves are small, but with some South Swell activity, at least there is some power. I also have been taking the summer to work on certain surfing skills, paddling in particular, and have made a couple of minor pop up changes.

The biggest event that happened over the last couple of weeks is the O’Neill Memorial Paddle Out. Being a surfer in Santa Cruz and surfing regularly at “Jack’s”, I felt drawn to being part of the memorial.

The paddle out didn’t start until 11:00 am, but I decided to get together with some other surfers around 8:30 am to have brunch. To our surprise, there were already surfers in the water. We were warned that the memorial was expecting thousands, but we didn’t think surfers would be waiting that early.

By the time, we were done with brunch, the ocean was packed. I decided to not paddle out, but rather show my respect via the beach. Crowds tend to make me uneasy on land, so crowds in the water isn’t exactly a great combo for me.

Being part of the memorial is by far one of my most favorite memories. The sheer size of the paddle out, the beauty of all the surfers and boats, and the good nature of the crowd will always stand out in my mind. I am so grateful I could be a part of it.  Below you can see my pics of the day!

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

P.S. Thank you to Crafty Surf for the kind shout out! And congrats on your Liebster Award nomination 🙂

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Guest Post: 6 Magical Yoga Festivals to Celebrate this Summer

Hi readers! I was recently contacted by BookYogaRetreats.com to host their blog post on “6 Magical Yoga Festivals to Celebrate this Summer.” BookYogaRetreats.com is the world’s leading online yoga travel company. Our website lists over 5000 yoga retreats from 250+ destinations. BookYogaretreats.com allows to easily find, compare, and book yoga retreat because we believe that yoga travel experience is a lifetime memory that increases happiness and personal growth.

See the blog below!-Namaste Scrappy Yogi

6 Magical Yoga Festivals to Celebrate this Summer

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The summer solstice does not only mark the start of the new season, but it has also been adopted as one of the main celebrations in the yoga community: The International Day of Yoga. As 2017 is the third year that we commemorate this important date, we think that a yoga festival is a perfect idea to celebrate the occasion.

Yoga festivals are filled with joyful souls, lots of sunshine and happy faces. At these events, you can join an amazing group of people, make new friends, and have a great time with music, food, dance, meditation, workshops, lectures and all sorts of yoga sessions guided by the most qualified instructors in the world. Is there a better way than this to honor our beloved yoga practice on its day?

Here is a compilation of the 6 best yoga festivals this summer for you to rejoice in the high spirits of the season. Let’s delight our mind and body with a fun atmosphere and throwing a big party for yoga!

Bulgaria Hiking Yoga Music Festival

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This is an amazing festival in Bulgaria that features a hefty list of exciting activities designed to help all visitors improve every aspect of their lives. The music in the mountains, hiking, meditation, and yoga, will help you to rejuvenate and find inner peace.

Date: August 16-21

Location: Pravets, Bulgaria.

Activities: Unlimited yoga, meditation sessions, and hiking excursions will keep you fresh throughout the festival. There are also evening concerts, workshops, and lectures from certified instructors that will make sure you have the best tutoring during the entire fest.

Accommodation: The ticket includes 5 nights of accommodation at Riu Pravets Resort.

Price: From 1448 USD.

Bliss Beat MMA and Yoga Festival

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Every year, this festival surprises everyone with an amazing atmosphere enriched by yoga, meditation, and martial arts. The festival has the feeling of an experimental laboratory, striving to blow visitors’ minds with something new.

Date: July 13-16.

Location: Sezzadio, Alessandria, Italy

Activities: The festival offers so many workshops making it hard to choose just a few. You’ll have the possibility to practice Yin Yoga, Bhakti Flow, Power Core Flow, Pranayama, and many more options to cultivate your spirit.

There will be music concerts by well-known rock and psychedelics bands. You will also be able to learn the foundations of various martial arts like Brazilian Jiujitsu, Muay Thai and Tai Chi.

Accommodation: The Cascina Bellaria has a camping area. Farmhouse Bellaria is a classic farmhouse in Piemont style. It is located in a quiet hilly area of the countryside between Alessandria and Acqui Terme.

Price: From 190 USD.

Wanderlust Tremblant

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This festival brings together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, and artists for a unique experience to get into your mind, body and soul. And being part of the Wanderlust festivals, it guarantees to fulfill all expectations. And if you can’t travel to Canada, check out their Wanderlust: 108 Festival that tours all over the world.

Date: August 24-27

Location: Mont Tremblant, QC, Canada. Nested in the world’s oldest mountain chain, it offers a breathtaking landscape, enchanted forests and charming villages.

Activities: The festival offers classes for all levels and styles; from challenging Vinyasa Flow classes to more chilled Yin Yoga sessions, and the exciting SUP Yoga! There are also lectures and workshops covering topics from nutrition to technology, all of them imparted by world-recognized speakers.

In addition, music is the heartbeat of Tremblant, which is why the festival has an impressive lineup with around 15 musicians that will energize the crowd with electric performances on stage.

Accommodation: There is a variety of accommodations for all budgets. From luxury hotels to fully equipped condos and cheaper B&Bs.

Price: From 115 USD.

Full Moon Yoga Connects Festival

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Celebrate the arrival of the first full moon of the summer in this amazing festival in the UK. It’s an outdoor event in the sacred landscape of Glastonbury sacred landscape, paired with live music, DJs and lots of different activities for you to celebrate International Yoga Day.

Date: July 7-9

Location: Garslade Farm in Glastonbury in the UK.

Activities: There are daily unlimited yoga classes guided by expert international yoga teachers, lectures on yoga subjects, a cosmic zone with physics, tarot readings and healers, as well as an amazing Shamanic opening ceremony.

Accommodation: There are two camp options. The first one includes the specifically designed camping site where you need to bring your own tent or RV. The other option features a luxury tent which has proper mattresses, tog duvets, pillows, and cushions.

Price: From 344 USD.

Floyd Yoga Jam Festival

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This fantastic festival in Virginia unites music with yoga in a unique way. There are two stages with an amazing musical lineup for all tastes. From hip-hop to Appalachian roots; from a drum circle to the fabulous Bliss Band. And the accommodation couldn’t be better with the glamping experience: glamour + camping.

Date: August 31 – September 3

Location: Willis, Virginia, USA.

Activities: Yoga classes, workshops, magical performances such as fire dance, Yamni arts, an art village to express your feelings through art. This is a family event and there’s a kid’s village where you can spend some time with your children.

Accommodation: Incredible glamping with your choice of two tween beds or a queen-size bed.

Price: From 725 USD.

Telluride Yoga Festival

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The Telluride Festival is an event that attracts over 600 visitors every year and more than 50 presenters. It is an intimate and inspiring experience with plenty of activities, such as SUP yoga, hiking, meditation, and music.

Date: July 20-23.

Location: Telluride and Mountain Village, Colorado, USA. The venue is nested at the end of a lush canyon surrounded by Colorado’s most rugged peaks, where the view is just astounding.

Activities: Yoga and meditation sessions all day long, from 7 a.m. until night. All the classes are guided by an impressive lineup of teachers. The schedule also includes workshops and activities like Aerial Yoga, biking, daily hikes, slackline yoga, running, Kombucha making, vegetable juicing, arnica farming and more.

Accommodation: There are several hotels available both in Telluride and in the Town of Mountain Village.

Price: From 130 USD.

 

Author’s bio:

Alberto G. Güitrón

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Alberto is a Community Manager at BookYogaRetreats.com. He is a committed yoga practitioner who still can’t touch the ground with his heels in Downward Dog. One day he’ll do it and he will probably write a story bragging about it.

 

 

Chicks in the Water

Being a female surfer definitely has it’s drawbacks, especially when you are just starting to learn. I have gone through periods of time where I don’t feel strong enough, good enough, and even thought of quitting. But as I started to look around in the line up and meet more  female surfers, I started to find my supportive group.

In particular, I found this Instagram profile @chicksinthewater. Her daily posts keep me motivated! So naturally, I reached out to @chicksinthewater to find out the reasoning behind this awesome Instagram account.

@chicksinthewater was started by a 24 year old name Brenda, who is an avid surfer and world traveler. Starting out as a surfer, she would regularly surf with dudes (just like me), and made excuses for why she wasn’t getting better. By finding supportive women surfers, she became better and found her true surfer self.

What I love most about her Instagram account is that they are true posts. She adds women who she has surfed with or has personally watched. She hopes she will inspire women and girls in the surfing world. Well, guess what Brenda, you already have.

If you haven’t already, check out her Instagram accound @chicksinthewater. You can follow me @scrappyyogasurfer for more updates, pics, and blog posts.

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Short Distance running, Wetsuit Yoga, and the Ocean Fair and Surfboard Swap: A Weekend Retrospective

This past weekend was my ultimate yogi and surfer dream! It was full of different workouts, street fairs, surfboards and a lot of ocean time.

Recently, as you might know, I have been running again since the weather is tolerable, and one of the best workouts for surfers is to run against the wind. As I was running down the beach just partway through my 3 mile run, I spotted a surfer practicing yoga in her wetsuit. Now, stretching is a common occurrence for surfers, but this yogini/surfer was practicing a full sun salutation in a dry wetsuit. This is no easy thing since the dry wetsuit doesn’t really bend with your body until it’s wet. After seeing this yoga practice in a full on wetsuit, I know have set the goal to complete a full sun salutation while “suited up”. I will keep you posted on how that goes.

My husband and I also went down to the local Ocean Fair and Surfboard Swap. I always have loved street fairs, and this one was combining two of my favorite things: surfer clothing and surfboards. The quality of the surfboards in the surfboard swap were incredible. Everything from Pearson Arrow to Ward Coffey.

Surprisingly, while I was looking at surfboard t-shirts (never can have enough t-shirts), my husband ran over to me. He practically dragged me to this used surfboard to look at. It was a longboard, 9’6″, with no shaper information. It didn’t have a ding in it, and since there was little information, the price was good.

Recently, we have had friends and family interested in surfing, but we never have a surfboard to provide them. So, of course, we bought the board. You can see it in the pic below. It’s the white longboard.

All in all, I would say it was a pretty good weekend. Readers, I want to know how your weekend was? As always, you can follow me on Twitter @ScrappyYoga and on IG @ScrappyYogaSurfer

Also, if you are interested in very awesome throw back pics of surfers, check out Stay Weird Surf Company on Instagram.

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Saying goodbye to the scale

I would consider myself a relatively healthy eater. For the work week, I basically eat the same thing everyday. Breakfast is two hard boiled eggs, lunch is salad, and dinner usually consists of protein and veggies. Sprinkle in some chocolate and some pretzels, and that’s my food for the work week.

Not a bad diet, right? So, being that it is almost Summer and I have increased my surfing and running workouts, I saw something peculiar the other day on the scale. The scale said I gained 4 pounds. My clothes weren’t fitting differently, I didn’t change my eating habits, and I felt stronger than ever, so how could I have gained 4 pounds?

Now, some of you might think that’s nothing, but being 5′ 2″, 4 pounds is a considerable difference. I thought about this driving into work. Maybe it’s all the working out? Maybe in some bizarre way all the working out has caused the scale to weigh me heavier.

So, naturally, I tried an experiment. The experiment was simple: stop working out and see if the scale goes down. That means, no yoga, no running, no weight workouts and definitely no surfing.

I stopped all my workouts for 3 days, and to my amazement, the scale went down 4 pounds. The downside, I didn’t feel strong anymore. Actually, I felt quite weak. My muscles were already decreasing, my mood was terrible, and my energy was quite low.

From my experiment, I have made the decision, just like a lot of other people I know, to stop looking at the scale and just go by how I feel. I rather be strong and 4 pounds heavier.

Readers, has anyone else thrown away their scale? Has anyone else seen a decrease in weight from stopping wo

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Yoga poses for back pain

As a reminder, I am not a yoga teacher, just a student. All thoughts and poses are my opinions.

As most of you know, I have been cross training to become a strong surfer and yogi. Whether it’s HIIT workouts, running or weight training, I have been working out regularly. This morning, I woke up early with the most agonizing back pain. So, I turned to what I know most: heat packs and yoga poses.

Below are a list of my favorite yoga poses for back pain. I have linked the poses to step by step instructions if needed :). Instructions provided by Yoga Journal

Fire Log Pose

In this pose, you stack your right leg on your left leg. I like to switch which leg is on top, as it stretches my back and hips.

Downward-Facing Dog and Dolphin

Most people know these poses. In Dolphin, the difference is you are on your forearms instead of hands. I love to peddle my feet in these positions to stretch out my back muscles.

Sphinx Pose

Since this is considered a baby backbend, it can alleviate those tight muscles in the back. For me, the ability to spread my shoulder blades really helps my back pain, since most of my pain is upper back related.

Wide-legged Forward Fold

My favorite back pain release pose. I usually do this pose three times. First time using prayer hands, second time clasping hands, third time just touching the ground. I find it also helps my tight shoulders.

Readers, I would love to know what helps alleviate your workout pain. As always, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ScrappyYoga

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Scrappy Yogi in Seattle

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This past weekend, the husband and I took a quick trip to Seattle. It had been months since we had a weekend away.  The only plans we had were to attend the Sounders FC game, but otherwise, the weekend was all free. The best part of it was our hotel was on the waterfront, near Pike’s Market.

While we did have a fantastic weekend, I want to talk about one experience in particular. Recently, I have been reading a lot of blogs about traveling alone and experiencing a place without a traveling partner. I read these entries with fascination since I don’t think I could ever travel alone. These people are so brave and I envy how they push themselves to experiences new things.

So, on Saturday morning, I decided to walk the city of Seattle by myself to grab my early morning coffee. I figured I would push myself out of my comfort zone, just like the people who travel alone. I know what you are thinking readers. I wouldn’t have to go far for coffee in Seattle, which is true, but I decided to walk down to the waterfront for my coffee; about 1 mile down the road.

As I started walking alone to the waterfront, I have to admit there was a little bit of anxiety. I have never been good traveling in big cities, and I am not a great navigator. I would be an awful participant on “The Amazing Race”. Luckily, I had my GPS, and the worst thing that would happen I would take a Lyft back to the hotel.

Walking to the waterfront was a beautiful experience. I took in all the sounds and people of the city. I saw multiple yogis riding bikes or walking to class, and a bunch of runners. I had a fleeting thought that I should join a yoga class, but quickly remembered I didn’t bring any of my yoga accessories on this trip.

As I walked to the waterfront, and saw the sun rise over the Puget Sound, all I was reminded about was that special moment when you surf the sunrise. That feeling of complete gratitude and appreciation for life.

After my moment, I walked back to the hotel, coffee in hand. I only got lost a couple of times, and managed to make it back.

Readers, I would love to know how you push yourself out of your comfort zone

Remember, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ ScrappyYoga

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

3 Surf Sessions, 2 Yoga Practices, and 1 Short Distance Run…and a Pedicure

Last week, I talked about how I was in a funk and needed to get back in a surfing, yoga and workout routine. Well, I definitely had a successful athletic week, not sure it’s routine yet. Here’s a breakout of my week:

Monday

Early morning surfing session. I actually visited two different beaches to get the best waves, but did more paddling than anything. The waves were super crumbly and small.

Tuesday

Rest day

Wednesday

Early morning yoga session with surfer buddy of mine. I woke up with a stiff shoulder blade so I practiced yoga in the sand while my buddy surfed.

Thursday

Early morning surf session. The waves were really clean, and since there was a small south swell, multiple waves for everyone.

Friday

Rest Day

Saturday

Short Distance Run and Yoga. I decided to run the iconic Surfer’s Path in Santa Cruz, though the wind was making it hard to breathe. Of course, the yoga practice was after my run.

Sunday

Early morning surf session. Waves were a little weak, but fun. Caught multiple waves before the beach got too crowded.

I also decided to treat myself to a pedicure on Saturday. My feet were aching from all the activity over the week. I’m hoping this next week will be just as successful, but I’m not trying to put pressure on myself.

Remember, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ScrappyYoga to see all my upd

Happy Mother’s Day!

~Scrappy Yogi

 

It Happened Again…

Well, it happened again. I got off track with my HIIT workouts, yoga routine, and surfing. Between work, the heat, and busy weekends, I just can’t seem to hold down a routine. Yesterday, my husband and I went on a 5 mile hike (which was beautiful but tick infested), so I had a lot of time to think. Why am I sabotaging myself? I decided to breakdown each of my activities and write what I need to do to be successful.

HIIT Workouts

The HIIT workouts I do in a workout room IN OUR HOUSE. Really no excuse here, but I think I need to de-clutter the room a little bit (see pic above). We have so much exercise equipment, it can get a little overwhelming at times.

Yoga Routine

For several months now, I have been practicing yoga on my own.  While I do love self practice, I do think it’s time for me to go back to class. My routines aren’t very creative right now, and I think some inspiration is called for.

Surfing

Well, this probably has been my most consist activity. I’m still averaging about 1 to 2 times a week, but I can push myself to work a little bit harder.

So, in conclusion, I need to clean up my workout room, get to a yoga class, and surf a little bit more. I think these goals are achievable. Readers, do you ever make goals for yourself? I would love to know!

As always, you can follow me on Twitter and Instagram @ScrappyYoga to see my week’s progress.

Namaste

~Scrappy Yogi