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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

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

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. Β 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

Paragon Surfboards: The Mini-Log and Retro Noserider

Followers on my Instagram have asked many questions on my surfboards, so I thought this would be the perfect time to review the two Paragon Surfboards I own: The Mini-Log and the Retro Noserider.

Let’s start with The Mini-Log, and as I fondly call my first surfboard love. Since this was the first surfboard I bought, it is always going to have a special place in my heart.  The board is 7’8″, blue, and has a 2 + 1 fin set up. The surfboard is set up for waves varying in size, and is super light due to the Paralite epoxy. I usually surf with this board in 3ft-6ft waves, and it handles great!

Now, my next board is my newest surfboard the 9″ Retro Noserider. Being that it is a retro board, it is single fin, wider than the Mini-Log, and super fun in those lazy wave days. I love just sitting out in the ocean waiting for waves on this board. Since this board is also Paralite epoxy it is not as heavy as other longboards I have surfed on in the past. The longboard also maneuvers extremely well! I was even able to surf through a crowd this past weekend 😊

I love owning these two surfboards! It allows me to chose what type of surfing day I want! 

Readerd, do you own multiple surfboards? What about multiple yoga mats?

And remember, you can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @ScrappyYoga

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Sun Salutation B, Wetsuits, and Surfing

*I am not a certified yoga instructor. These yoga poses are just my opinion always consult a physician before starting any new workout routine

It’s a no-brainer that a surfer should stretch before a surf session, and what I have learned from my surf buddies is that everyone has their own routine. Some surfers stretch at the beach, others stretch at home, and some surfers don’t stretch at all. I often receive questions about my routine, so I thought I would share what I do before a surf session.

What is unique about my stretching routine is it’s all yoga. I find that the yoga sequences prepare me mentally and physically for a great surf session. I usually start my yoga before I hit the beach and put on that heavy wetsuit. I start with Sun Salutation B, and here is a step by step guide from Yoga Outlet:

1. Standing Mountain Pose β€” Tadasana

2. Chair Pose β€” Utkatasana

3. Standing Forward Fold β€” Uttanasana

4. Half Standing Forward Fold β€” Ardha Uttanasana

5. Four-Limbed Staff Pose β€” Chaturanga Dandasana

6. Upward-Facing Dog Pose β€” Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

7. Downward-Facing Dog Pose β€” Adho Mukha Svanasana

8. Warrior I, Right Foot β€” Virabhadrasana I

9. Four-Limbed Staff Pose β€” Chaturanga Dandasana

10. Upward-Facing Dog Pose β€” Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

11. Downward-Facing Dog Pose β€” Adho Mukha Svanasana

12. Warrior I, Left Foot β€” Virabhadrasana I

13. Four-Limbed Staff Pose β€” Chaturanga Dandasana

14. Upward-Facing Dog Pose β€” Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

15. Downward-Facing Dog Pose β€” Adho Mukha Svanasana

16. Half Standing Forward Fold β€” Ardha Uttanasana

17. Standing Forward Fold β€” Uttanasana

18. Chair Pose β€” Utkatasana

19. Mountain Pose β€” Tadasana

I repeat this sequence 3-5 times. Now, I’m ready to hit the beach, but the yoga doesn’t stop. If you are a surfer who requires a wetsuit, you know how heavy they can be. I have a 4/3 Ripcurl Flashbomb wetsuit (which I love), but it does require me to stretch before surfing.

After I get onto the beach, wetsuit on, Paragon surfboard next to me, it’s time to start my yoga poses for my shoulders. Now, if you have been following my blog, you know that my shoulders are extremely tight so I need a little extra stretching in the shoulder and back. I always practice Dolphin, Thread the Needle, and 8-Point before surfing. Shape.com has excellent video clips of the shoulder openers I practice on the beach, so click here to see these poses.

Readers, what stretches or yoga poses do you love before a workout? I would love to know!

Follow me on Instagram and Twitter @Scrappyyoga!

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Happy One Year Anniversary: The Scrappy Yogi is also a Scrappy Surfer

It’s been officially one year since I have launched this blog! It’s been quite a year of self discovery: yoga experiences, yoga festivals, marriage, surfing, Maui trips, and much more to come. Anyone who has been following me for the last year has noticed that I talk about surfing just as much as I talk about yoga, but I never really claim the title as “surfer”. The reason for this simple. A legacy surfer told me to try it for a year before earning the title of “surfer”. Well, it’s been a year, and surfing is here to stay. It’s a passion to say the least.

The last year of surfing has been an excited one. I bought my first Paragon Surfboard the “Mini-Log”, I have surfed in Maui, I have made “surf buddies”, and now I have integrated surfing into my life. I try to surf a couple of times a week if the tides and my work schedule permit it, and I am constantly looking at Surfline.

But what about yoga? Yoga is never going away.  I have even been told from my surf buddies that I incorporate yoga teachings and practices into my surfing life. And, on occasion, I can even been seen practicing yoga in my wetsuit on the beach before and after a surf session (it’s good for your body, but more posts to come on that).

So, from now on, I am also a Scrappy Surfer. I will write blog posts on how I weave yoga into my surfing life and vice versa. I will still write on my latest yoga influences, classes and experiences as well. Life is all about expanding your horizons, right?

Readers, have any of your workout programs lead you to other passions? Or other workouts you love just as much? I would love to hear your thoughts!

You can now follow me on Instagram @ScrappyYoga for fun tips, beach pics, and much much more!

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Modifications in Surfing: A Yogi Prospective

Modifications are a common practice in yoga, especially when poses are too difficult or too strenuous on the body. Having practiced yoga for so long, I’m used to the idea of modification, that my practice is not going to be perfect, and modifying can create a positive yoga experience. When it comes to surfing, the whole idea is the perfect wave with perfect conditions. No modifications required, right? Well, I think I found one.

Recently, I got a new Retro Noserider Paragon Surfboard. She’s beautiful! 9 feet and old school; perfect for little waves and lazy summer days. She’s quite different from my other board, which is 7 feet 8 inches, and I have had my other board for a year. We know each other, and when I surf, I’m a part of my board.

I could not wait to try out my new board in the ocean, but then there was an interesting realization. I haven’t surfed on this big of a board since Maui. I don’t know the board yet, and will I even be able to surf?

A couple of my surfer buddies were going to our local break, so I decided to head on down with my new board. Once I arrived all suited up, I realized the wind was making some very choppy conditions. By the way, I loathe choppy conditions. It doesn’t make surfing that fun.

As I looked for my entry to the ocean, I couldn’t find an easy path.  With my surfer buddies egging me on to try, I finally had a realization. I can modify this experience to a positive one. Just like in yoga. I knew of a different entrance to the ocean, where it is not as intense, and walked down that way. I’m sure some surfers would tease me for this change, but honestly, I don’t care. It’s my surf life.

I had a great day trying out my new surfboard. It wouldn’t have been such a great experience if I had not remembered my yoga practice.

Readers, what have you modified in life to create a more positive experience? Also, I have started up a Scrappy Yoga Instagram, follow me @ScrappyYoga to see more pics of yoga gear, ocean waves, and surfboards.

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

 

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Scrappy Green Shakes

Note: I am not a nutritionist. This drink is just my opinion

Readers, I’m sure most of you are familar with green shakes; you know those shakes that are made with kale and spinach, can be flavorless, and take forever to make in the blender. Well, about a month ago, I became a green shake fanatic, but only because my mom gave me a super easy recipe. See the recipe below:

  • Handful of kale and spinach
  • 1/2 cup of coconut water
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parsley 
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 apple
  • 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon of peeled ginger 
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • Splash of cayenne pepper

The best part of this recipe is you do not have to be exact in your measurements at all. Feel free to experiment and switch out ingredients if need be. 

I find this drink especially good after a surf or heated yoga session. It also keeps incredibly well in the fridge.

Readers, what shakes or protein supplements do you use in your life?

Also Readers, I started up my Instagram account again! You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter @Scrappyyoga!

Namaste

~Scrappy Yogi

Product Review Thursday: Manduka and JadeYoga Mats

All opinions are my own. I was not paid to endorse products.

Readers, if you are anything like me, you have bought exercise equipment before. I personally have bought a lot of equipment and products. Whether that be mats, weights, running belts, or anything else you need, there are a million products out there. Today, I will be reviewing Manduka Yoga Mats and Towels and JadeYoga Mats from my experience with the products.

When I first started practicing, I literally bought a yoga mat from Target to just get me started. I always think it is best practice to not spend a lot of money on anything new. When I gradually advanced, and knew yoga was a priority to me, I graduated to the Manduka mat. My Manduka mat was a pretty slick on the surface, and did have a squishy feel to it. Since the surface was slippery, I also needed to purchase a Yogitoe Towel (also by Manduka.) The picture below shows my yoga set up for about three years. Orange Manduka mat, blue Yogitoe towel. (Also featured in the pic is a Lokai bracelet, I love mine!).

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This yoga set up, in my opinion, is not a cheap one. The mat is around 80 dollars, the Yogitoe towel is about $68, and that’s not including the other towels I purchased to not have to do laundry all the time. Yogis, remember to clean your mats and towels! On a positive note, the products last forever. By covering the Manduka mat, I did not wear out the surface and it is still squishy to this day. Its a great mat for joints as well. The Yogitoe towel is great for travel yoga since traveling with a mat can be cumbersome.

I have since graduated to a JadeYoga mat, and I’m absolutely in love with it. It’s a thinner mat with no slippery surface. The mat itself is sticky enough to keep hands and feet aligned. There is no need for extra towels, unless you need them. It’s also a very light-weight mat, made from all environmentally friendly materials. The picture below shows my current yoga set up.

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Readers, I would love to know what products work for you! You can also find me on Twitter @ScrappyYoga!