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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.

 

 

The Oakland Athletics (Yoga Edition)

I know what you are thinking Reader. You are saying to yourself, ” Isn’t this a blog about yoga and balance?” Well, it is about yoga and balance, but this Scrappy Yogi also happens to be a huge Oakland A’s fan. And this week opened baseball season, so naturally I have to post about it: in my own Scrappy Yogi way.

In yoga, my instructors always talk about how your practice is a journey. Each day your practice can and will be different. You will be able to do handstand one day, but completely fall the next day. As I was practicing yoga on Saturday, I was not able to get into Crow Pose, a pose I have been able to do for a while now. I reflected on the journey my instructors talk about, and then I thought about my Oakland A’s.

A little background if you do not know about the Oakland A’s. They are the small market baseball team in the Bay Area. According to SportTrac, The 2016 Oakland A’s have $76, 278,732 to spend on players this year. Now, compare that to the San Francisco Giants amount of $170,414, 943 and you will see the problem. You can also read Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis for more historical context. 

I’m a believer in trying to have fun in life. I hope most people are. Oakland A’s games are so much fun for me. I love going to The Coliseum, and being part of the game. And as an Oakland A’s fan, you are definitely part of the game. Whether it’s witnessing Reddick being Spider-Man, to booing the rival pitcher to throw off their concentration, or Ron Washington throwing foul balls into the stands, you are part of it. And every fan is different. Here is a list of my fandom rituals:

  1. Must attend Fanfest
  2. All non-work attire is some sort of A’s T-Shirt/Sweatshirt
  3. ESPN app is always notifying me with team updates
  4. Must watch the movie Moneyball before season starts
  5. Social media logos are Oakland A’s logos
  6. Watch or attend as many games as humanly possible
  7. Re-tweet @Athletics or players tweets

When I sat in reflection, I started to understand why I am such a big fan of the Oakland A’s. Every season is a new journey. We start in April ready to play, along the way, there will always be bumps in the road. In yoga, some weeks are better than others. Players get hurt, some days you get on base, hit home runs, and your defense is stellar. Sometimes, you fall over in yoga class. It’s a journey, so enjoy it.

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi