Adventurous Wanderings

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Tuesday of Randomness

Get ready for some randomness folks!

This morning I went for a walk and it was beautiful! Thank you nature for this amazing reminder of how awesome you are!

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And ran into this little guy along the way.

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If you ever wondered what the yacht club that we sail out of looked like from an aerial view, here you go!

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Yesterday I laid out the spinnaker in the yard to dry out so I can start making stuff with it! You remember the sail that blew apart during the race last Thursday night, now it is in our house!

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Baron decided to take a nap on the spinnaker today along with his bone. It was the cutest thing! And yes those are motorcycles in our living room. My husband’s KTM 640 and my SV650s. Some people decorate their houses with pretty wall decor and fancy furniture. Not in our house, motorcycles being worked on, tool boxes and sailing gear!

Welcome to our life!

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And my motorcycle looks shiny because I (ok, technically my husband) wheeled it on the back patio this weekend and I gave her a bath. She should be up and running back on the road sometime soon. She needed some love! And a new battery, and oil change and the front suspension rebuilt and …..

My baby!

My baby!

 


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Yoga Teacher Training – Weekend 1

The past 2 weeks have been so busy I haven’t had time to sit down and write about teacher training! So let’s just jump into it!

My yoga school does something different from most of the schools I researched when I was deciding which training school to enroll in. They combine their 200 hour students with their 500 hour students. It is a rolling enrollment meaning next month there will be a couple more new 200 hour students enrolling and one or two current 200 hour students will graduate. During weekend 1 there was a 500 hour student graduating.

I really like the set up. I feel like you get a little extra because you get to interact with the 500 hour students and they share their knowledge/wisdom/tips.

When you start, there is no binder given to you. There is no set schedule set for the next 12 months. She gives you a monthly schedule about 2 weeks before training weekend that breaks down the schedule for Saturday and Sunday. She caters the training to the students that are enrolled.

There are handouts given in advance of training weekend and you make your binder as you go through training. This makes it more of what yoga means to you, how you teach it, live it as opposed to a binder that is exactly the same and given to every new student that enters the program.

April training was focused on Hatha Yoga. Root “Hath” means to force, hold firmly. It combines the word “ha” (sun) and “tha” (moon) with the word yoga (union). It is the practice of balancing the energies of the body (sun/moon, yin/yang, hot/cold)

Hatha Yoga is the basis of most yoga practices we see in the Western world. Hatha yoga includes Hot yoga, Ashtanga, Power Yoga, Flow Yoga, and Hatha. These are just a couple of examples :)

I got there like 30 minutes early. Figured that would give me time to get my mat laid out and relax a bit before training started. Not to mention, meet some of the other students.

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The first 45 minutes we all introduced ourselves and talked about an upcoming retreat that is coming at the end of the summer. From there we did an hour Hatha Yoga Practice with a guest instructor followed by a discussion on what is Hatha Yoga.

Before we went to lunch, which is around 3pm, we talked about Pranayama.

“PRANAYAMA IS DERIVED from two Sanskrit words -prana (life) and ayama (control). Pranayama is therefore life control and not  “breath control.” The broadest meaning of the word prana is force of energy. In this sense, the universe is filled with prana; all creation is a manifestation of force, a play of force. Everything that was, is, or shall be, is nothing but the different modes of expression of the universal force. The universal prana is thus the Para-Prakiti (pure Nature), immanent energy or force which is derived from the infinite Spirit, and which permeates and sustains the universe.”

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952)

The rest of the afternoon post lunch we discussed philosophy then moved into the anatomy of Forward Folds. Then came the real fun, we got to create a sequence and teach it to a small group!!! This truly was mind-blowing. I create sequences for myself all the time but to actually create one, then teach it to people. Again, mind-blowing. You have to explain the movements in a way that are easy to follow. Remember to tell people how to breathe through the movements.

I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!

Before I knew it, day 1 of weekend 1 was done! 8 hours didn’t feel like 8 hours. I think in training you are in a strange time vortex where the outside world lives 8 hours but inside the studio, you only feel like a couple of hours had passed.

So DAY 2!!!

After check in, we did a two-hour practice with another guest teacher. Our guest Anita, was born and raised in India. She didn’t go through a “yoga teacher training”. Yoga was a part of their everyday. They lived it, they breathed it.

Getting the chance to speak with her after the practice was truly inspiring!!

Needless to say I was in a state of relaxation after that. Which worked out perfectly because it was lunch break time! They planned that one well :)

When we returned from lunch we got a really unique experience. They had the 500 hour students sit down in front of the room along with a couple of 200 hour students that have graduated in the last 3 or 4 months. This was our time to ask them anything we wanted to about being a yoga teacher.

“How much do you make?”

“How easy/hard was it to find a job?”

“Can you make a living only teaching yoga?”

“Does you own practice suffer when you start teaching?”

It was a very real conversation with them. They were honest with us. Bottom line, they were happier doing this than their day jobs in corporate America. Even if the pay check in corporate world was more.

From there we had a quick break then had one of the 500 hour students do their graduation presentation. As her presentation ended we took another break and enjoyed the sunset.

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The night rounded out with Mantras, Chakras and some of the higher 200 hour students practice teaching.

It was a weekend full of so much… of everything! I feel like I didn’t even scratch the surface of what we did! New friends, new lessons, new experiences, new enlightenment.

I still have another weekend until the next training weekend but this upcoming weekend I am doing an inversion workshop. Sounds fun, right!?!?!

 

 

 

 


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Blowing Like Stink

Thurs day night’s race was awesome!!! The skies screamed you are about to get soaked!! The wind was blowing 18 – 20 knots sustained with gusts in the mid-20s. So it was “Blowing like stink”.

At the dock getting ready

At the dock getting ready

 

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Usually during a race I am up on mid-deck working. Thursday night’s race I wasn’t able to be there, not by choice though. Some how I screwed up my back and was in some pain all day Thursday :(

I woke up Wednesday during the night in ridiculous pain that continued into Thursday. When I woke up in Thursday morning I did some light yoga to help work it out. It definitely helped…until I got in my car to drive to work.

The pain came back…ALL DAY! Fun right?!

Now the smart thing to do would have been to skip sailing and rest my body. Let’s be serious here, I don’t even know what that sentence means ;)

My husband’s vote was to stay home so I wouldn’t aggravate my back more but I wanted to go sail.

“I’ll sit in the princess seat” – me

Brilliant, in theory and usually it would be spot on but Thursday was a high wind kind of night. Princess seat is back in the cockpit. All you do is sit there. No work needed, just sit back and enjoy the sail. Not really place I wanted to be but if it means I get to go sailing, I will take it.

Pre-race cruising waiting for the start

Pre-race cruising waiting for the start

Rum is better than Motrin!!! I only had half then gave the rest to Colin :)

Rum is better than Motrin!!! I only had half then gave the rest to Colin :) And it might be time for some new gloves but I love these. They have character!!

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Since I sat “Princess” I had a chance to do something I never get to do, take pictures during the race. I didn’t have my phone out the entire time but here and there when there was a window of opportunity I would get a couple of shots in. Thank you waterproof case for being fantastic!

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We were heeled nicely the entire race. As you can see in the pic above, our rail was in the water! Usually when that happens everyone is on the high side of the boat but since I was in Princess I was wherever that side of the boat was cause I didn’t move. So I was high and low. Being low is pretty cool. Below is a pic from a play sail we did in 2012. P1000244

During the race a couple of boats wiped out. There were a 2 boats that were planing then lost it. Seeing a boat planing is pretty damn cool!!

On one of the legs we were approaching the mark with our jib up. As we rounded the mark we hoisted the spinnaker…it was during that leg our spinnaker blew in half. Needless to say there was a quick hoist of the jib as we got the next spinnaker ready to get up in the air.

Our crew worked together perfectly all night!!! We came in 2nd place by 8 seconds!!

After the race we usually go upstairs for some chicken wings and fries but my back wanted some Motrin and relaxation.

Yesterday my back was still off but a lot better than Thursday. Today it is feeling pretty damn good, no Motrin today! I’m going to rest it today and tomorrow so next week I can be back at it.

Which totally sucks because I am not a take it easy kind of girl. My husband is out cycling right now and I can’t go…jealously!!!

I have an inversion workshop next week so I HAVE to be 100% for that!

My first headstand!

My first headstand a few months ago!

Working on handstands with wall assistance. One day that wall will be gone!

Working on hand stands with wall assist. One day that wall will be gone!

Alright, I am off to study yoga!

Hope you guys have a wonderful Saturday and Easter!

 

 


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The Perfect Day

Yesterday it was back to sailing! Sunday race was on!

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The wind dropped out some before the race so I thought it was going to be a long and slow race. However, the wind gods blessed us with more wind so the race went by fast!

I have no idea what place we finished in but I do know there was rum! And if there is rum, aren’t we all winners?!?

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Rum and Rail

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Between the 52 mile bike ride yesterday and the sailing my body was spent. As soon as we got back from sailing I hit the couch and had what can only be considered the greatest nap of all time. No joke!!!

 


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Sailing, Cycling and Doug Stanhope!

This week has been SO busy!

Monday night I got in about a 11 mile ride in after work. Have I mentioned how much I love this time change!!

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And Endomondo sent my March statistics. Boom, I burned 8,000 calories! Can only imagine what April’s will be since I am already at like 6,000 calories!!

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Tuesday night hubby and I went to see Doug Stanhope at the Improv. He is freaking hilarious! IMG_20140408_220357[1]

Here’s Doug:

 

Wednesday night had to work late. Then Thursday…..WE RACED!!!

It was the first official race of the series! I always love the first race. Everyone comes out to sail. Just a fun vibe at the yacht club.

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Sailing around waiting for the start of the race

Sailing around waiting for the start of the race

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Pre-race

Race committee

Race committee

I tried to do tree pose on the bow. Moving sailboat + rum = Tilted tree :)

I tried to do tree pose on the bow. Moving sailboat + rum = Tilted tree :)

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The race was fantastic! The wind was up, the weather was perfect and we were on! We ended up coming in 1st place. Not a bad way to start out the first race of the season!

As we crossed the finish line, we got to see a beautiful sunset!

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Today we set off to ride 52 miles on our bikes along the Pinellas Trail. The plan was to start out in Downtown St Pete and ride 26 miles to Dunedin Brewery for lunch then head back to Downtown St Pete.

We made the first 26 miles, split a beer and some pretzel bites.

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After that is was time to ride the 26 miles back to Downtown.

The first mile back on the bike, mile 27, was kind of tough. Then my quads warmed up and all was ok again. Had some great miles, the struggled for a couple of miles (was properly rehydrating and eating homemade energy bars) then was back on par again.

We ran out of water and Gatorade at the perfect time! We came across this store along the trail. IT WAS HEAVEN SENT!!!

THANK YOU for existing where you do bike shop!

THANK YOU for existing where you do bike shop!

Great place to refuel and snaps some pics

Great place to refuel and snaps some pics. Yes that is blue painters tape holding on the sunscreen ;)

On the first 26 miles, these over passes were cute and fun. On the way back, not so much. The downhills were pretty sweet though!

On the first 26 miles, these over passes were cute and fun. On the way back, not so much. The downhills were pretty sweet though!

More of the trail

More of the trail

Once we were restocked with fluids, it was back to it.

This was our first attempt at such a long ride, up until this point the most we have done is 20 miles. Needless to say, 52 miles was ambitious, totally doable, but ambitious.

My pace definitely slowed at the miles went on. The way to Dunedin I was clocking 15mph, the way back it was more like 12mph.

Miles 6 – 2 SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!! They were the worst of the entire ride. My feet were in such pain. Not cramping, pain. Each push of the pedal was horrible but I kept pushing on.

I knew we were so close to the end I wasn’t going to stop! With 2 miles to go, we could see Topicana Field (where the Tampa Bay Rays play). We knew it was just a bit further.

The pain in my feet went away, my pace picked up a little (a small little, both our legs were done at this point).

Before we knew it, we were back at the parking garage.

VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Teacher Yoga Training (teaser post)

My first weekend in Yoga Teacher Training is in the books!

What an amazing weekend!

It was jammed pack with philosophy, asanas, guest teachers, pranayama and I even got to teach a short sequence!!!

So much to process!!!  There will be a blog post to follow in the next couple of days, once my mind settles down a little bit!

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