Tag: surfing

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 😁.
Readers, do you strengthen your ankles? If you do what exercises do you practice?

~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

Yogi and Surfer Easy Beauty Essentials

I am not paid to endorse the products I write about. ALL thought and opinions are my own.

I have always been a person that needs a simple makeup routine. I don’t like spending hours in front of the mirror getting ready for whatever activity I may have; work included. Add surfing and yoga into the mix, and simple is imperative. Whether I’m salty from the ocean or sweaty from yoga, I still need to look presentable for work.

I found this lip stick and lip gloss product called Lipsense, and it has changed my life. It is a lip stick stain and gloss set, and the stain doesn’t need to be reapplied all day! This is perfect for me since I apply after a workout and then that’s it. I also love the lip gloss since it is moisturizing and my lips get terribly dry. I already own Bombshell and Bombshell diamond and absolutely love! Here’s the link if you are interested in learning more about the product 

Also, another must have item for me is tinted moisturizer. I personally use one from my esthetician’s office, but there are a bunch out there. I love tinted moisturizers because it evens out my skin after a workout, and it’s not as heavy as a foundation. It also puts moisture back into my face where yoga and surfing can dry out the skin.

Here’s a pic of the two products I use! Enjoy!

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~Namaste

Scrappy Surfing Yogi

Yogi Runs Again

These past  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

Crafty Surf Contest Prizes

If you read my last blog post, you would know that I have been traveling a lot for work. Well, when I arrived back home this past Wednesday, I had a surprise waiting for me! About a week ago, I won a contest for surf swag on craftysurf.com, and I was elated that my package arrived 🙂

I won a bunch of Atoll stickers, Core Surf t-shirt and decals, and a beautiful anchor bracelet made by the crafty surfer herself. See pic below

If you haven’t already, check out craftysurf.com! She is also on Instagram @ surfswithscissors.

~Namaste

~Scrappy (Surfing) Yogi

Work Travel Woes

Most of us have experienced traveling for work. Lately, I have been traveling a lot, driving a lot, and just overall working A LOT. I have been to multiple states, multiple hotels, and living out of a suitcase.

I’m sure other people have the same problem I’m having: how do I keep a workout routine/yoga routine while traveling?  Obviously, surfing is out of the question, unless I am in a city where there is ocean, but I usually don’t travel to places where I could surf.

Working out is equally as hard as surfing depending on the hotel accommodations. Most of the hotels I stay in don’t have a gym, not to mention it’s hard enough to sleep during business travel.

So, I was wondering followers, how do you keep your workout routines/yoga routine while traveling? I would love to know!

~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,  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  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. GĂźitrĂłn

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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.