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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

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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Random Writings: Water

I have been thinking a lot lately about water. Whether that be drinking water, ocean water or the rainy forecast; the topic has been swirling. I guess what started this random thinking about water was this work week.

This week has been particularly stressful. Long days, lots of emails and lots of project deadlines. Tuesday was the longest day this week and all throughout the day my co workers kept offering me water. I kept refusing since I had my own bottle (see pic above), but then it got me thinking: maybe I don’t drink enough water?

Honestly, it is a struggle to try to remember to drink enough water and I knew once refilled my bottle. Between my love of coffee and carbonated water (not the same as water), getting in the allocated 8-10 glasses is a project for me. Especially when my day is all work and no yoga or workout. This got me thinking on the car ride home. 

Since I knew my body didnt need the water for a workout or yoga, I didn’t bother to take care of it. I just focused on my busy day. When I got home, my head was pounding and I was exhausted. I’m guessing drinking water throughout the day would have helped.

Readers, do you struggle with your water intake?

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

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

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

Not being able to reach Samadhi (quieting of the mind)

Yoga has been a struggle lately. I have bounced back and forth from studio to studio, trying home practice and YouTube channels, but nothing seems to work. It’s frustrating when your yoga practice was perfect for so long and then to be thrown into an off track practice. It wasn’t until a recent yoga class that I realized what had changed.

While I was standing in Tree Pose, the instructor reminded us to evoke “Samadhi” or focus of the mind. Usually, my focus is spot on in yoga classes and I use yoga in order to not think about my daily schedule. But, this day, my mind was everywhere. I was thinking of surfing, running, work, marriage etc. I had no control of my mind, and therefore, I fell out of the pose.

In reflection, I remembered tips and tricks on how to quiet the mind during yoga. I have listed them below:

  • Repeat a mantra
  • Pay attention to the breath
  • Embrace you will not be perfect

Readers, what tips and tricks do you use to focus and quiet the mind?

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

 

 

 

 

Becoming a Stronger Surfer

I had a realization while surfing the other weekend: I’m not as strong as I physically should be. While surfing on mushy waves, I had low paddle power essentially making it difficult to catch anything. After the two hour surfing session, I walked out of the water thinking about how I could become a stronger surfer.

I mulled over the types of workouts I do in a week which is yoga and running. I figure that I need to up the weight training in order to paddle stronger. So this morning was my first weight workout. I will keep you all posted in my progress, and I’m guessing this weight training will also enhance my yoga practice.

On another note readers, I will be getting married next weekend, then off to Hawaii for my honeymoon! I’m excited to share all my yoga and surfing adventures with you all!

Readers, I would love to know if you ever felt weak in workouts and how you fixed it!

-Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

You only get to be a beginner once

Recently, I rolled out of bed to take an early morning Mixed Level Yoga Flow class. I was very sore, very tired, but I managed to down a cup of coffee before class began. I will be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to class. I was pushing myself because I needed yoga, and being so sore, I knew that some poses would not be available to me.

As class began, my body started to unwind. I took certain variations of poses easier, letting go of any expectations. Then the yoga instructor said something interesting. She stated that with a Mixed Level Yoga Class, you get to see the beginners and the advanced yogis in one shared space.The beginners have a beautiful experience because it’s all new and the advanced yogis are supporting the beginners growth. Remember, you only get to be a beginner once.

I thought about that during the rest of the class. I remember being an excited beginner. I remember watching advanced yogis and being inspired to keep practicing. And now, in this very class, that I had to push myself to attend, and wasn’t an excited beginner anymore. I needed to switch my thinking an become a yogi supporting other yogis.

Readers, would love to know what keeps you motivated in the days you don’t want to practice or work out!

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi

Surf and Turf: The Yoga Edition

Recently, I was talking to my fiance about my yoga practice. Since I have gotten into surfing ( and I’m absolutely in love), my yoga practice has taken somewhat of a backseat. It’s mainly taken a backseat because surfing takes a lot of core strength and arm strength, and my body has been adjusting to the new physical demands.  I told my finance that I want to get back into my normal routine of yoga practice (6 times a week). I told my fiance I wanted to recommit myself to my practice and incorporate surfing as well.That’s when he turned to me and said my practice should be called “Surf and Turf”.

When I heard the term I laughed, and then I thought about it. He’s actually right. I practice on the land and in the sea. For me, surfing has a lot of qualities of a yoga practice. I learn and grow in my “surfing practice” every time I go out into the water. You can’t have any expectations of the waves, since the waves are unpredictable, and some days my skills are better than other days. I go into the water with the same mantras I use for my yoga practice, and for me, there is a spiritual component to surfing.

So what is so wrong with adding more practices to my yoga journey? Nothing. The truth of the matter is that my yoga practices will have to change to incorporate the surfing. Now, I don’t know what that means yet, maybe some Yin Yoga classes, but I’m open to where my yoga journey is taking me.

Readers, what other workouts or practices have you grown into? I would love to know!

~Namaste

Scrappy Yogi