Tag: balance

Recharging this week

This past few weeks have been hectic. Between work and life, I have had little time to recharge. Sure, I have gotten in some surfing but not as much as I like. And I haven’t been able to practice yoga. Not being able to practice yoga or surf as much as I would like is really taking it’s toll.

This coming week, I have decided to recharge my mind, body and soul. I have planned 5 days of surfing and some yoga to rest and recharge. My husband even made me a rinse kit for my recharge week. See the pic below.

I’m excited to take a week to myself. Readers, what do you do to recharge?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi 

Lets talk weak ankles

Weak ankles are nothing new to me. Having been a tennis player, rolling your ankle is very common. At an early age, I learned what a sprained ankle feels like and how important tennis shoes were. The better the shoes, the more your ankle was stabilized which decreased your chances of rolling your ankle on the court.
However, I have seemed to forget my ankle awareness in the last couple of weeks. Lately, when I have been running or working out, I have noticed that my ankles are very flexible, and to anyone that surfs, runs or practice yoga, ankle strength and stability is very important.

So fast forward to this morning; early this morning. I woke up out of a deep sleep to take the dog outside. As I was walking down my stairs, my ankle rolled and I fell onto my landing. Now, it’s only two little stairs so I didn’t fall far, more embarrassing than anything. My first thought, as with anything I injury, is I broke my ankle. After getting up, I noticed that wasn’t the case, just an old fashioned rolled ankle.

As I sit here writing this post and elevating my ankle, I couldn’t help but wonder if I’m doing everything I can for ankle strength. After some Google searching, I am not even doing exercises for ankle strength. I found some single leg exercises to start incorporating into my daily routine.

And just to add, I wouldn’t say I’m a clumsy person, but rather a person who goes barefoot a lot and therefore that increases your chances of foot injury. My grandfather always did tell everyone to put on shoes šŸ˜.
Readers, do you strengthen your ankles? If you do what exercises do you practice?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Beachy, Surfy, Yogi BraceletsĀ 

I used to be a very creative kid. I was always sewing, painting, making lanyards, knitting or creating clay figurines. I guess as I got older, I just sort of stopped creating things. 

I’m always inspired by craftysurf.com, so I thought today, I would make a couple of bracelets to go with the beautiful anchor bracelet I won off her blog. Also, I love beachy, surfer -yogi bracelets, so wouldn’t it be nice to create it myself?

Being inspired by my new surfboard colors, I went to the local craft shop and bought nylon string and jute string in peach, champagne and teal colors. I like the natural look of the jute string. I also bought a nice starfish charm, just to try out.

I found a really easy braided pattern online, and made two bracelets; one with the charm and one without. 

Maybe next time I will add beads and a more complicated stitch. I also love hemp cord so I will probably experiment with that next time. 

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Breaking In a New Surfboard

I have a pretty big birthday coming up in February, and to mark the occasion, I was gifted a custom made surfboard by Locus Surfboards. I have know about Locus Surfboards for about a year now, and what I was drawn to was that the shaper, Tyler Hopkins, is local to Santa Cruz, hand crafts the boards himself, and uses all eco materials. Since this is my first custom board, I didn’t know what to expect, and I didn’t know the process. All I really knew is that I wanted a high performance longboard. So after talking to the shaper, I was invited to the shop to start designing my birthday board.

Being in a board shaper’s shop was a dream come true. To see all the boards in progress, the colors, and the fins, I was in heaven.  We talked about my board for about two hours. I decided on a 9’1″ high performance longboard with a 2 +1 fin set up. I added some specialities to this board as well. I have a custom wood stringer, two contours, and glass in fins. That’s right, glassed-in fins. I never thought I would try glassed in fins, but they are made from old paint brushes and are iridescent, so I felt it would make a birthday board look special. The board is also extremely light weight, which is nice to walk around beach with.

After patiently waiting for about ten weeks, my board was done and ready to pick up. Of course, when I picked it up, I was also sick with a cold so my maiden voyage had to wait a week. It was a long week of waiting.

My first surf session with the board happened on a pretty good wave day for a new board. The average height was 3-4 feet, so I decided to go to a local sandbar since I didn’t want to take a chance with a new board and rocky reef.

The first paddle on a new board is always memorable. Once I was on the board, the aerodynamic shape paddled beautifully through the ocean. I only had to wait for about 3 minutes before an amazing 4 foot wave came my way. Here was my chance, the first wave caught by the new board. I went for it, and I instantly felt the contours of the board and the fins glide perfectly through the water. I caught the wave with ease, popped up instantly, and was riding my first wave on my amazing custom board.

I caught every wave that day, and I never experienced a glide like I do on my custom board. The glassed-in fins definitely make a difference in my opinion, and I’m absolutely in love. Oh, and my board has golden flecks, which is super fun.

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Wicked Toe Injury

I have always had a love/hate relationship with running, but since I completed the 10K, I found that running and surfing is a perfect combination. Throw in some yoga, and I feel awesome. 

In the last couple of weeks, my running workouts and surfing schedule has been awesome. Especially, because I got my new custom board from Locus Surfboards…more on that later šŸ˜. Everything was going great until, I dropped my metal trash can on my big toe this past week. 

As I watched the instaneous bruise form, my heart sunk. First thought was I broke my toe, second thought was I can’t surf, third thought was I can’t run or workout.  

Trying to be an optimist, I was telling myself it wasn’t as bad as I thought, but when I went to go put on my running shoes, the pain was astronomical.

This injury sidelined me all week. Readers, what do you do when you have an injury?

~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Yogi Runs Again

These pastĀ  10 days have been filled with head colds, ear infections, and antibiotics. Since I was traveling so much for work, my body finally gave into this wicked bad head cold and then I received a secondary infection of not one, but two ear infections, with maybe a touch of bronchitis.

Obviously, after traveling so much and being sick, I haven’t been able to do any type of workout (or think about working out) for weeks. I have had to cancel everything: surf sessions, new yoga class, Crossfit and just focus on getting better.

The opportunity arose from my Crossfit gym to participate in a Veteran’s Day Run/Walk this past weekend. I thought this might be a great way to get back into my workout routines, and since it’s a “walk” as well, I can walk it if need be.

After looking at the course map, I decided to sign up for the 10K. I’m not even sure why. I haven’t ran in about a year and a half, and haven’t trained for a 10K. I barely have any real running clothes, but I also thought worst that happens I just run the 5K course instead. The course map looks pretty flat, or so I thought.

Race day comes and I’m feeling pretty good physically, though knowing in the back of my head this is going to be a very hard and physically demanding run for me. Luckily, the weather was nice, not too cold or hot.

The race starts and I keep a nice pace, but by the time I hit the 1.5 mile marker, a slow and steady hill comes into view. I know I’m not prepared for any hill runs. My legs and calves start to tighten, and I slow down. This hill slows my pace for the rest of the race.

The rest of the race was pretty scenic and not very crowded. Maybe each mile I saw one person running. After talking to a race buddy about this, it’s a good and bad situation. It’s great to not be so crowded you can’t pace yourself, but it’s bad because sometimes you forget you are running a race.

All in all, I finished the 10K, something I haven’t done in 3 years. Pretty proud of myself coming off from such a bad sickness. Today, has been just relaxation since I’m pretty sore. Been practicing some light yoga stretches and getting ready for the week ahead.

Hopefully, I can surf and practice yoga this week. There are some new yoga classes starting up I’m pretty excited about. Also, I recently received my custom made surfboard from Locus Surfboards in Santa Cruz, so I have to try it out soon!

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

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,Ā  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 Ā 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. Ā 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 šŸ™‚

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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