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Crack of Dawn Growing Good Food

with Dawn Olson

Dawn OlsonHey, what’s a nice girl like you, doing in a field like this? Grow’in good food, baby! How does a woman veteran go from flying jets over the earth, to cooling her jets digging in the earth? Good question and it requires a story. So there I was…I found my 50-year old retired self in a new town, no kids in school, few social connections to speak of and honestly, a little lonely on my sprawling Texas ranch. (We don’t call them farms or ranchettes in these here parts)   A local Botanical Garden was offering an organic veggie growing course and I thought, hey anyone who gets their hands dirty might prove fun. Well, five years and 500 connections later, growing good food delivered a huge social network, an incredible training ground (no pun intended), and an adventure that beats The Sims or Candy Crush Saga any day.

Read on, you wanna be farmer girls or you serious types about the benefits of growing good food.  Disclaimer before we begin-I got no degree in Agriculture, but neither did our farming ancestors. Although my grandparents were Iowa farmers, my only experience there was climbing the apple trees and getting yelled at for breaking branches. What is it with young girls and apple trees? I digress! As a life-long learner and classic over-achiever, I’ve read 53 books on agriculture, watched dozens of videos, taken numerous courses, endured lectures, and got organically certified (not to be mistaken with certifiable). Impressive as that sounds, it is actually the dirt caked nails, bug bites, scraped knees, dead plants and finally, the bountiful produce that are the greatest teachers in agriculture.

So, if you have a sense of humor, and want to learn about growing food, then this is your blog.   Can you remember a time when you bit into a cold juicy-sweet red watermelon, sucked that juice down and then launched the seeds in rapid-fire across the fence or at your sister? Oh come on, I can’t be the only one with that childhood.   Okay, you serious types, how about gently cutting a soft delicate peach into elegant slices, then carefully laying them over mounds of vanilla ice cream, and using a spoon the size of a fry pan, gobble it down? Ah, memories of good food from childhood. What happen?

Here is the history of dirt (another pun, she’s on a roll). Well ladies, we went from Queen of Food to Queen of Work World.   Now, before you get your vanishing edge microfiber with lace Bikini panties in a bind, hear me out. You know what happens when women leave a space unattended for very long, it goes awry. That is what happened with our food industry. In an effort to respond to busy women everywhere, processed foods filled the void. I will let you all

research the effects of that, but heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and cancer followed suit. Enough said!

Good news is, good food is coming back from near extinction and here is where you can find it, grow it, or support those who do. Now, back to the field of dreams, or in my case, field of peas.   Sun Tzu said, “The Art of Gardening is to never take yourself too serious.” Have you met ME, Mr. Tzu? For the most part we are some serious women, me included.   And gardening is serious business, why it can be life or death, at least for the plant that is. Like I said, I began this journey as a novice grower. The extent of my farming included a pot, bag-o-dirt and a plant from a box store, sound familiar? But when my family gave up eating anything with eyes or a mama, (yes, we are vegetarians, no we won’t try to convert you, and just for the record, we still like chocolate and booze), we decided to grow our own food.

You can do that? Why, yes you can!! Our 4K River Ranch sits nestled (I like that word) next to the Brazos River in Palo Pinto County, our food is grown for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and the North Central Texas Farmer’s Market Corp. families. We utilize sustainable practices such a rain capture system, solar panels, a hoop house, and permaculture techniques. Yes, I still shave my legs. We use no chemicals of any kind and work hard to rebuild the bee population, restore native grasses, and provide habitat for wildlife, which includes my husband-Iver.

This sometimes serious, mostly funny, but quite informative blog will tell you how we grow food. But wait there is more, in addition to the knowledge that you can improve and control your health (individual results may vary), support growers, help the earth, why you may even save mankind from itself (Okay, made that one up). But if we don’t get our food right, we may go the way of the dinosaurs, whom I think discovered Twinkies and the rest is history.

Why should you come with me to learn about growing life-enriching food, mysteries of soil cosmos, earthly Growing Good Foodwonders, and other fun stuff?  Because ladies, you are the only hope to help fix our food system.   Those of us with gray hair or chemically altered gray hair were responsible for catapulting women into the workforce, now we need to help women protect themselves and their families. This is my quest towards that endeavor. May the forbs be with you!  Okay, that’s really bad garden humor.

Stay tune, in July we talk “friends with benefits” and prepare the ground for the microbe invasion. Let’s get down and dirty, talking about the dark underworld of earth’s greatest creation (besides women) the soil.

Books to read:
Skinny Bitch, Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. “A no-nonsense, tough love guide for savvy girls who want to stop eating crap and start looking fabulous!”

June 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

May Student of the Month: Alyssa San Juan

Congrats Alyssa!  Alyssa is an outstanding ambassador for MYBO and demonstrates the consistent practice, yogi lifestyle, and willingness to help others that shape a true yogi!

Tell us about yourself!  What does your 9-5 look like?  Where are you from?  What are your hobbies?  What are you passionate about?

I live in Pentagon City with my husband Cesar and our sweet little toy Yorkie, Winston.  I’m a nanny in Crystal City.  I care for the most amazing 11-month-old little girl during the day.

I am from Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Some of my hobbies include traveling, cooking, yoga (obviously), and going out and trying new restaurants.  My husband and I are foodies and DC has some of the best food.  We love going out for tapas and wine.  Clarendon is one of my favorite neighborhoods in this area.  It has everything: really good restaurants and great shops.  Lululemon and Whole Foods are my favorite stores.  As crazy as it sounds, I love walking around Whole Foods.  I could spend hours in there.

I’ve recently gotten really interested in essential oils.  I’ve been reading a lot about how the oils can have an effect on someone and their moods/emotions.

I’m very passionate about my family.  My husband and I hope to start a family soon.  Until then we will continue to focus on our dog Winston.  Since he is so little we like to take him everywhere.  In summer they have these events called “Yappy Hour” at some restaurants, so we love to take him to those.

How long have you been practicing yoga?  What made you try yoga for the first time? 

I’ve been practicing yoga since 2012.  I was living in New Orleans at the time and a friend of mine was talking about going to a Bikram Yoga class.  I was very intrigued.  She ended up not going and I ended up with a monthly membership.  I was hooked.  I loved everything about it.  I felt so amazing after every class and the studio made me feel so welcome.  I completed a 30-day Bikram challenge while I was in New Orleans.  From there I knew I wanted to learn more about yoga, so I guess that’s what really started my yoga journey.  Last summer I did my 200-hour teacher training in DC.

What is your motivation to practice yoga regularly?  What is the biggest physical and/or mental benefit you have noticed from doing yoga?

Since I have been doing yoga regularly  I’ve not only noticed a change in my physical body, but it also encourages me to make other healthy decisions as far as eating habits and such.  Through yoga I am constantly looking for ways to better myself mentally and physically.  I have a mental clarity that I never had before.  I feel a lot more relaxed than I used to be.  And I love that I am always a student to yoga, meaning I am always learning.  There is so much to learn about yoga and I love waking up everyday knowing I will learn something new.

I try to share yoga with my friends and family.  I have gotten a couple friends to come to classes with me.  I love the bond yoga brings to people.  I have also encouraged my aunt to do a teacher training.  She lives in St. Louis and is currently in training.

What do you love most about MYBO?

MYBO is a big family and I really love that aspect.  Everyone welcomed me in with open arms.  When I first started volunteering at the studio everyone went out of their way to get to know me and introduce themselves.  It was the best experience and that’s what kept me coming back.  I love this studio and I have finally found my yoga family and that makes me so happy.  Amanda has not only created a wonderful studio, but also an amazing family.  I am so proud to be part of that family.

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May 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

May Teacher of the Month: Lara Truppo

Congratulations Lara!

Join Lara on Sunday and Monday evenings for Yoga for Inflexible Humans and on Wednesday evenings for Power Yogalates.  Experience the broad scope of her teaching styles, from the healing aspects of yoga therapy to the challenging Ashtanga yoga.

How many years have you been teaching yoga?

I started teaching yoga in the year 2008 while I was still stationed in Germany: my mentor was a Master Yoga and Ballet instructor, and I became hypnotized by this combination and her teaching style, as I am also a former ballet and contemporary dancer.

What is your favorite style to teach?

Ashtanga yoga has been my favorite teaching style for the longest time.  I thoroughly enjoy the discipline, the mental and physical challenges, and the benefits from practicing Ashtanga yoga.  It has always been very natural for me to share my devotion with my students.

What made you want to become a yoga teacher?

Yoga is fundamental to my life, I was actually a yogi before I formally became a teacher.  So many principles and meanings and goals of yoga have been taught to me early on in my life, being born and raised in Italy.  It is not until I teach and share yoga, and learn with my students, that I grow as an instructor and as a yoga practitioner.

Then I injured myself and I had to consider so many different aspects of myself and my health: that is why I expanded my learning by studying yoga therapy, which continues to amaze me and allows me to heal each day physically, and allows me to face just about anything.

What is your advice to someone considering becoming a yoga teacher?

As an aspiring yoga instructor, it is important to learn about yoga and learn from an accredited yoga teacher training in order to start becoming familiar with this beautiful discipline.  As we absorb all that there is to discover, we start relating to something specific from which we build our trust and our path.  The more you believe in yoga, the more you can grow as an instructor.

What is your favorite part of teaching at MYBO?

I am enjoying very much teaching at the MYBO studio.  Since the beginning I have valued being part of a small business committed to bringing the community together and taking the initiative to promote yoga.  I personally respect Amanda so much for doing it, and can relate to the hard work and challenges, as I was once a business owner and one of my business areas was a yoga studio…I love meeting with students new to yoga and being able to introduce the important foundation.

Thank you Amanda and her great staff for this opportunity!!!!!

Namaste

 

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May 2nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

Using Glycemic Index and Glycemic Load When Choosing Food for Weight Loss

When trying to lose weight there are many confusing, controversial, and fad “diet” tactics out there to differentiate in order to determine the best, and healthiest, choice for our personal needs.  There is no such thing as a “quick fix” that doesn’t also involve extreme sacrifices and, often, a quick regain of any weight lost.  For example, removing carbohydrates from one’s diet is a popular trend.  However, carbohydrates are a crucial fuel our bodies need to function and perform and cutting them completely from a diet, A) is nearly impossible, and B) leaves us with little to no energy for the important exercise and fitness component of weight loss.  The more beneficial approach is to alter the types and amounts of carbohydrates we consume.  Referencing a particular food’s glycemic index and glycemic load can assist in making informed choices.

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What is Glycemic Index?

The glycemic index is, essentially, a ranking of the carbohydrates present in a particular food in relation to how quickly they are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.  Our digestive system converts these carbohydrates to glucose, or blood sugar.

Foods with a high glycemic index cause a rapid spike in blood sugar (think of a “sugar rush”) which triggers the body to release more insulin.  This is followed a few hours later with a sharp drop in blood sugar (or “crash”), making you feel hungry again.  This increased insulin secretion also inhibits fat burning, which ultimately is our goal.

Aside from being counterproductive to weight loss, long-term cycles of these spikes in blood sugar and insulin bursts may exhaust the pancreatic cells that release the insulin and this can lead to diabetes.  High blood sugar may also increase the amount of triglycerides in your blood, as well as decrease the HDL (high-density lipoprotein, the good cholesterol), increasing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  

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Okay, Now What is Glycemic Load?

A food’s glycemic load is a measurement of its impact on our blood sugar.  This figure combines the glycemic index and the amount of carbohydrates, in grams, of a food.

(GI x Carbs) ÷ 100 = GL

When we eat foods with a low glycemic load, glucose is more steadily released throughout our body.  Thus, our blood sugar levels remain more consistent over a longer period of time.  This lowers our insulin demands and potential future health risks. The most tangible benefit is feeling fuller for longer, and not experiencing a hard crash that sends us running for potato chips (bad!).

You may be familiar with the concept of eating 5 or so smaller meals throughout the day, or eating a little food every few hours.  When the snacks and meals we choose have a low glycemic load we sustain the satisfied feeling longer.  In between lunch and dinner, for example, reaching for a healthy snack can gently bump the blood sugar back up to a level we can maintain until our next meal.

How Do I Make Better Food Choices?

Since no one is telling you to erase carbohydrates from your memory, we need to examine what healthy ones should look like.  Depending on your individual needs and goals, you likely need to adjust several macronutrients in your meals (protein, fats, carbohydrates, fiber).  Many eating habits benefit from increasing your lean protein intake, which can help you feel full while consuming lesser amounts of starchy things.  Speaking with a nutrition expert, such as a certified holistic health coach, can address your personal goals and nutrient needs.

There is nothing inherently wrong with carbs such as brown rice or a sweet potato, but in America we have gotten used to grossly oversized proportions.  This is where glycemic load comes into play (grams of carbs per serving).  It helps to hone in on the quality of carbohydrate so we are optimally fueled without the blood sugar and insulin spikes.

For example, let’s compare two popular breakfast cereals:

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When reading the side of the box you may look at how many carbohydrates it contains and see that they are very similar.  However, the glycemic index of Corn Flakes is much higher, meaning it has less beneficial carbohydrates that will be quickly converted to glucose and accelerated to your blood, causing the insulin spike and, later, crash.  All-Bran is made with a whole grain and an equal sized bowl will be more slowly digested and converted to glucose, and will sustain the feeling of satisfaction and steady energy for a longer period of time.

What is a “Bad Carbohydrate?”

The most beneficial carbohydrates can be summed up as whole grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.  Carbs that do not provide much nutritional benefit are items such as white rice, white bread, potatoes, crackers, pasta, dried fruits, cookies, and sweets.  While the “good carbs” contain some sugars they are naturally occurring ones, as they are grown in nature.  They often contain a lot of fiber as well, which our body needs.  Items like white flours, rice, table sugar, and packaged foods are heavily processed, often diminishing the nutrient values.

Do not be fooled by some fruits, however!  Some fruits have very high GL, such as dried fruits and bananas, so do a little research before you shop.

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The best ways to lower your overall daily glycemic load are:

  1. Increase whole grains, nuts, legumes, fruits, and non-starchy vegetables
  2. Decrease high glycemic index starchy foods such as potatoes, white rice, white bread
  3. Decrease sugary foods such as cookies, cake, processed foods, soft drinks
  4. Purchase whole foods, as in foods that look the same as they do when found in nature!

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Talking Numbers

In order to determine the best foods based on GI and GL let’s review the established parameters:GLGI

 

Ready, Set, Go!

Keep in mind that glycemic load and glycemic index are only part of constructing a well-rounded eating plan for weight loss and health benefits.  Consider meeting with our nutrition expert and certified holistic health coach, Amanda Shipe, so you can be the healthiest you possible.  Amanda delivers a personalized plan for your overall health by examining your lifestyle, cravings, sleep quality, and more in her whole-body and whole food approach to helping you achieve your goals.  Utilizing tools such as BIA (bio-impedance analysis) can measure muscle-to-fat ratio and intracellular-to-extracellular health.  Over time, this can measure the progress of restoring good health through lifestyle changes.

For more information on nutrition counseling or the upcoming group nutrition workshop series, please reach out to:

Amanda Shipe
Owner and Founder, Mind Your Body Oasis
Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Pilates Instructor, Registered Yoga Teacher

Amanda@mindyourbodyoasis.com

By: Kathleen Kneeland

References

Atkinson, F.S., Foster-Powell, K., & Brand-Miller, J.C. (2008).  International tables of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2008.  Diabetes Care, 31 (12), 2281-2283.

Retrieved from: www.health.harvard.edu/healthy-eating/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods

Foster-Powell, K., Holt, S.H.A., & Brand-Miller, J.C., (2002). International tables of glycemic index and glycemic load values: 2002.  The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 76, 5-56.

Higdon, J., Drake, V.J., & Liu, S., (2009). Glycemic index and glycemic load. Micronutrient Information Center.

www.lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/glycemic-index-glycemic-load

*This link leads to a website provided by the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University.  Kathleen Kneeland is not affiliated or endorsed by the Linus Pauling Institute or Oregon State University.

Larsen, T.M., Stine-Mathilde, D., vanBaak, M., Jebb, S.A., Papadaki, A., Pfeiffer, A.F.H., …Astrup, A. (2010). Diets with high or low protein content and glycemic index for weight-loss maintenance.  New England Journal of Medicine, 363, 2102-2113. Doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1007137.

McMillan-Price, J., Petocz, P., Atkinson, F., O’Neill, K., Samman, S., Steinbeck, K., …Brand-Miller, J. (2006). Comparison of four diets or varying glycemic load on weight loss and cardiovascular risk reduction in overweight and obese young adults. JAMA Internal Medicine, 166, 1466-1475. Doi: 10.1001/archinte. 166.14.1466.

April 13th, 2016|Nutrition|

Time for a Makeover: New Website Launch

Every now and then it’s time for a refresh, a little makeover, a reenergizing and put your best face forward.  We like to focus on creating that best you inside and out through our wellness offerings in yoga, pilates, facials, massages, sauna, nutrition and wellness coaching and it was time we had a website that demonstrated our full capacity to help you achieve your best!

You can now see our group classes, private lessons, workshops and retreats and easily register for them. Want to learn more about a particular class style or read up on a new class to try? Look under the Classes tab to Styles.  Want to take your yoga practice to a deeper level or lead others in their practice? Look at our Teacher Training tab and see if this path is calling you!

Beyond the yoga and pilates, we have so much more:

  • Spa services: Massage, Facials, and our miracle machine the Far Infraed Sauna. (Disclaimer: the sauna doesn’t literally produce miracles. But it does do a lot of pretty cool things) What is the Far Infrared Sauna, you ask? 

Rather than heating the air (as a traditional sauna will), our Far Infrared Sauna provides direct heat, allowing far infrared rays to penetrate deep into the body where they gently elevate its surface temperature and activate major bodily functions. Far Infrared treatments can help increase blood flow, stimulate metabolism, rebuild injured tissue, and relax the mind and your muscles.

  •  Integrative Wellness: MYBO services are based on a holistic approach to wellness. Our treatments stem from a belief that we can accomplish more by first finding and acknowledging the root of mental and physical pain, suffering, and illness. We seek to heal the whole body through nutrition, massage, and lifestyle changes, rather than merely treating symptoms. And lastly, we work with clients to develop individualized and sustainable coping skills.
  • Are you an organization looking to support your employees? We fully support these efforts; healthy employees are effective and happy employees. Mind Your Body Oasis can offer a full onsite program at your location.  See our corporate wellness offerings under our Corporate Wellness tab.
  • We have retail therapy too.

We love feedback. Is something missing or your favorite link missing? Love the teacher biographies? Let us know what you think!

September 27th, 2015|Uncategorized|

September Essential Oils Workshop: Build a Solid Foundation – Root Down and Be Present

Build a Solid Foundation – Root Down and Be Present

Essential Yoga Workshops are themed, monthly workshops that weave essential oils into yoga practice to deepen and expand the yoga experience with distinctive aromas and powerful healing energy.Essential oils help to extend the impact or influence of the yoga practice beyond the mat. Specific oils are chosen to enhance the physical and emotional aspects of each theme. During the workshop, students will experience essential oils aromatically, internally with water (optional), and topically during centering/breathwork, the main body of the yoga class, seated poses, and meditation/savasana.

September Essential Yoga Theme: “FOUNDATION – Root Down and Be Present”

Date: Sunday, September 27th, 2015 (3-5 pm in Zen Room)

Yoga Focus: Physical/emotional foundation, grounding, lower chakra work

Oils: clove, cassia, balance blend, peppermint, cypress, vetiver

This sequence focuses on connecting to the lower chakras in order to help cultivate a strong physical and emotional foundation. Essential oils are used to promote grounding, creativity, and inner strength while establishing a deep connection with your physical body, environment, and the earth. Experience a sense of calmness, patience, and a willingness to stay in one place after working through the lower root chakras.
September 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|

Self Defense Workshop Series

Join us this Saturday for Capitol Combat’s Darcio Lira Self Defense Seminar from 1:00-3:00 PM. These workshops are designed to teach how to navigate and defend against realistic attacks. Students are shown close quarters techniques, which utilize jiu-jitsu and wing chung martial arts. The goal is to empower students and give them realistic options for defending off an attacker. Emphasis is placed on techniques which could be used in a small space such as bar, restaurant, metro car, apartment, or vehicle. Quick hands, joint manipulation, balance equalization are implemented in the approach taught. No prior martial arts experience is required – just an open mind, willingness to learn something new and to have fun!

The course will be lead by Steve Casazza. Steve has 20 years of martial arts experience with a second degree black belt in Isshin-Ryu Karate and a purple belt in Darcio Lira Jiu Jitsu. His focus area is self-defense and real world applications where an individual needs to diffuse threatening or compromising situations with minimal effort and maximum safety.

September 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|

Yoga Immersion Workshop Series

Immerse Yourself in Yoga Philosophy and Practice

Have you thought about the next steps in your yoga practice? Are you looking for a deeper connection through other aspects, perhaps through asana, meditation and diet?

This immersion will be for the practitioner who is interested in breaking down some of the common yoga practices and principles in a simplistic way to incorporate immediate transformation in the application of the deeper practices of yoga. This will affect the way you approach your asana practice as well as all the other practices you have in life.  Interested? Sign up here or call the studio to register!

Class Schedule

Saturdays are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and Sundays are 12 Noon to 4:00 PM

Week One
Saturday 9/26: Yama and Niyama Sun salutations, awakening into flow 

Sunday 9/27: Asana Guideline and breakdown of Standing poses, getting grounded
Week Two
Saturday 10/3: Pranayama Urjayi Sequencing and home practice
Sunday 10/4: Pratyahara, Dharana, Drishti, easing in
Week Three
Saturday 10/17: Samadhi, meditation the practice of being, surrender, shavasana
Sunday 10/18: forward, backbends, twists
Week Four
Saturday 10/24: Bandhas
Sunday 10/25: Arm balances and Inversions
Week Five
Saturday 10/31: Chakras
Sunday 11/1: Clarify, go over, questions
September 20th, 2015|Uncategorized|

What It Means To Be A Yoga Teacher: Information Session

Have you closed your eyes and wished that yoga could be more of a lifestyle? That you had more time to do more of it? Maybe you have imagined how cool it would be to be a teacher? 

Even if teaching is not in your vision taking 200 hours for your own personal, emotional and spiritual development will be a life changing experience. It does take a huge commitment. It takes time, money and energy but what in life doesn’t? Often we don’t feel the need to give ourselves this sort of gift. It will be challenging, yet fulfilling at the same time. You will not be the same person as when you entered. 
Common things I hear on why someone doesn’t want to do a teacher training: 
  • It is too much money- yes it is a very expensive endeavor. You are worth it right? Sometimes life asks us to take a leap, an unexpected decision can change how you view yourself, life and abundance. 
  • I don’t have enough time- yes who does? Like anything that you decide to do in life once you make a choice life aligns to support you. 
  • I can’t do headstand, I can’t be a teacher- These were my own words. This is why you do an intensive like this because it is going ask you to step out of your comfort zone and discover your potential. 
  • I have too many other things going on- I get it this life, it is constantly going and it always will. The timing definitely has to be right in your heart. 

This will be an information session for those of you who have the calling and yearning inside but are filled with doubt and fear. Let’s talk it out and see if now is the time. Make your choice from inspiration and hope rather than fear. Let your intuition guide you.

September 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|

SUP Yoga Retreat

–Guest blogger Amaia Stecker

We’re here in Deep Creek Lake State Park having a blast despite the weather! Friday evening’s paddle was relaxing and a quick “jump” (no, I didn’t fall in, I SWEAR!) in the lake was quite an invigorating experience.  I learned that I do have some core muscles that are now sore from being engaged the whole time.  Balance is a critical skill in yoga and SUP and then you go and combine them; it’s a totally new way to engage your core.

Alicia is a great instructor for paddle boarding and yoga, not to mention a fabulous chef! We had amazing vegetarian meals– black bean and sweet potato fajitas; chickpea sloppy joes; hummus-veggie wraps; pasta salads; green salads; homemade granolas; fruits; and the BEST vegan chocolate chip cookies EVER. I think I ate 7. 

Saturday brought some less than desirable weather, but we braved it for two practices: an early morning yinyasa paddle and then a flow yoga paddle. Being on the paddle board brought so much awareness about my body and how I favor my right side in certain poses! 

A few of us went into town for the local farmers market. Amanda was gracious enough to offer explanations of the differences in definitions of food and how certain vegetables work to give us the nutrients we need. I learned a lot and can’t wait to go to the farmers markets here for fresh produce.

After that, we were lucky enough to have Victor Varana with us; he lead a mini head and hand stand workshop as well as a flow practice before dinner. I loved his meditation and mantra; it was so relaxing and empowering at the same time.  His cueing and alignment observations also gave me some perspective on how to improve my practice and definitely have me thinking about going on his retreat to Tulum.

What a wonderful weekend! I made some new friends from the studio, got to know others better, challenge my practice, went paddle boarding for the first time and managed to hold down dog on a paddle board, and left feeling fulfilled physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually!

 

September 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|