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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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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

Chaturanga, Burpees and Paddling

I have written before about becoming a stronger surfer and becoming a stronger yogi. All my workouts in general are about becoming a stronger athlete, but I noticed a decline in my surfing ability lately. I would get out in the waves and be tired. My arms would be on fire, and my body would just be exhausted. I thought, “How could this be?”. Between all of the burpees, weights, supermans, and Chaturangas; I shouldn’t be this exhausted from paddling. Or am I doing the wrong workout?

Recently, there was a blog article on Craftysurf.com titled, ” Surf Training: The Secret“, so naturally I was drawn to this topic. In the blog post, she states the secret is more paddling. Not all the gym workouts I have been doing, not all the Chaturangas that I have been practicing, even though I’m pretty good at it now, it’s paddling.

I sat with this post for a while. I was the strongest in the Summer and Fall when I could surf 3-4 times a week. Recently, due to work and bad weather in California, surfing 3-4 times a week is rare. Maybe my paddling isn’t as strong as it used to be?

Luckily, she offers easy advice: go out an paddle. While I think it’s important to keep going with the Chaturangas, burpees and my other workouts, she makes the point of no other workout is equivalent to paddling. So, I did, last Friday afternoon. I just got on my longboard and paddled, and then paddled some more. Liking this idea of just “paddle sessions”, I will start to incorporate this type of workouts into my life.

Surfers and Yogis, what other types of workouts to do you incorporate into your life?

~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

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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Beachbody On Demand-Yoga and Focus T25

*All opinions are my own. I am not being paid to endorse these products.

The 30 day yoga challenge has officially come to a close! Honestly, it was refreshing, fun, and super easy to add yoga to daily life. I would recommend it to anyone that is starting to get into a regular yoga practice routine. What I didn’t expect to come from the Beachbody on Demand Yoga sessions, was my obsession with Focus T25.

About two months ago, my husband and I decided to eat healthier. Not a special diet or fad, just eat clean and cut out junk food. My husband wanted to start a better workout routine as well, so we decided to try Beachbody on Demand. For those of you that do not know, Beachbody on Demand is a streaming app with all types of workouts available. This app is great because you can stream it at home or on the road when you travel (see pic above of our home gym setup). My husband started with Focus T25 with Shaun T.  The Focus T25 program consists of high intensity workouts that only last 25 minutes, and they give you a calendar to follow. You participate in three levels: Alpha, Beta, Gamma. Obviously, as you progress through the levels, the workouts get more intense.

My husband’s results were amazing! In one week, he dropped 15 pounds and he was having fun. Honestly, who doesn’t have 25 minutes a day? So I decided to also give it a try since I am always looking to become stronger as a surfer and a yogi. My first two workouts with this program were intense, but it definitely was changing my body. I decided to dedicate myself to the program, while also completing the yoga challenge, to see if these workouts helped my surfing.

After three weeks of Focus T25, I was able to surf. We had a series of terrible rainstorms that kept me beached for a while, so I was itching to get on my board. The surf for the day was sluggish at best, meaning more paddling than anything. I thought that these conditions were going to be great to test out all the working out I was doing. I got into the water and paddled into the lineup. First sluggish wave that came my way I decided to go for it. I paddled and I caught it so easily! I was overjoyed that all the working out was paying off.

Readers, what other workouts do you participate in?

Namaste

~ScrappyYogi

Two Weeks in-Beachbody Yoga 30 Challenge

I’m officially two weeks through my Beachbody Yoga 30 Day Challenge! To be clear, it’s not practicing yoga everyday (Sunday rest), but it is a commitment to practice at least 6 times a week. Here is what I am liking so far:

  1. Each day is a different practice and the Beachbody calendar is easy to follow
  2. Each yoga session is no more than 45 minutes
  3. Beachbody offers multiple instructors so practices don’t become boring

I’m definitely becoming stronger, and these daily yoga stretches are helping me with surfing and the high intensity workouts I started about a month ago. All in all, it’s an excellent program.

My one criticism so far is that there is a timer on each yoga workout. I’m notorious for counting down the minutes to any workout, but yoga is the type of practice that you don’t want to stare at a clock.

My remedy for this (see pic above) is to set my mat facing the wall, away from the tablet or TV I am using. That way, I don’t look at the clock.

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi