Adventurous Wanderings

Stories of Sailing, Motorcycles and Adventures


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Savasana-ing Lika A Pro

I have been in yoga teacher training for 4 months now (1 weekend a month). I have been working on flows, practicing them to see how they feel, filming them to see how I sound and listening to music to see what will work for the class.

Along with working on flows, I have been working on savasana and “perfecting” it. Found some stellar songs to go with it. And today was my chance to teach it for the first time outside of teacher training!

Today at lunch a couple of girls from my team went downstairs to the gym to do yoga, via video. When the video class hit savasana, I took over and did my savasana.

It took me a few seconds to find my voice, so to speak. Once that came in, it was smooth sailing.

Afterwards, they gave me feedback and I asked questions to see what they thought. The good thing about practicing with friends is they will give you honest reviews. The word usage was great, the music was great, and they really liked it. Only need improvement was to go just a little bit slower at certain points.

I knew I was going slightly fast in some spots so I need to consciously slow it down.

Overall it was such an amazing experience. All the work and practice starting to come together!

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Videos To Make You Laugh!

Happy Sunday!

Colin and I are sitting here watching videos of our past adventures; SUPing, kayaking, playing on our enduros, kite boarding and motorcycle trips through Costa Rica (One day I swear we will put together a video of that trip to post).

We came across a couple that had us cracking up!

For your viewing enjoyment. These were shot at Cocoa Beach during our Surfing, Surf Kayaking and SUP trip there a couple of years back!

Don’t worry, I wasn’t actually smacked in the face by that SUP!!!!


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RV-Ventures

Back in May my husband and I rented an RV for the week and took off to Northern Georgia. You can catch up on that adventure Here, here and here!

During that trip we discovered many things, one of which was our love of RV-ing. We love exploring, we love adventures, and we love traveling.

We use to travel basically every weekend. Whether it was motorcycle trips, camping, kayaking or visiting the east coast for surfing and SUPing, we were always somewhere doing something. Last year became the final stretch of my husband working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. and we kind of had to slow down all the travel. Priorities folks!

As you can see, we still pack in as much as we can with the free time we have available.

We also have two furbabies, Baron and Ava! They are the cutest and sweetest, which makes is very hard to be away from them.

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So how do we combine our love for travel and adventure, while getting to have Baron and Ava with us?!?!

RV LIFESTYLE!!!

With that said, we have researched RV-ing. What RV styles we like. The length we want. What truck should we get to pull the RV. Where would we go. Where are places to stay including RV parks and non RV parks. SO many things to factor in.

And that leads us to THE DREAM…Buy an RV, a truck to tow the RV, sell everything we own and hit the road!

Stayed tuned to the new series RV Ventures!!

 

 

 


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Rasa Lila Fest…Play. Dance. Love

Guess who has a time slot at Rasa Lila this year?!?!

You are probably asking what is Rasa Lila?!

Check out the site here: Rasa Lila Fest. If you don’t feel like clicking on the link, below is a mini section of the experience of Rasa Lila.

“Bringing together yoga and wellness enthusiasts from the Tampa Bay area and from throughout Florida and the Southeastern United States. 

Building from last year’s 800-plus participants, this year’s Rasa-Lila Fest is estimated to draw more than 1,000 to take part in more than yoga classes (including kids and partner yoga), musical acts, workshops from some of the most respected holistic health practitioners, and more.”

Before you get to excited, I’m not teaching a yoga class, at least not yet. I am presenting a class at the Family Fest area. I came up with finger painting. That may be either the worst idea or the best idea ever! Lots and lots of paper towels and cleaning wipes. But kids love finger painting so that will make me cool, right?!

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So how did I get set up with  Rasa Lila?!

My yoga training school is running the Family Fest area. It wasn’t mandatory that we do an activity with the kids, we could volunteer if we wanted to. Of course, I wanted to.

During our down time from Family Fest, we will get to walk around and check everything out. I plan on taking a couple of yoga classes and visiting the vendors.

AND its Facebook official. Sure it says the same thing as the website but whatever ;)

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I’m excited!!! Plus I get to hang out with my yogi friends!

 


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Yoga Teacher Training – Weekend/Month 4

Last weekend was Weekend/Month 4 of Yoga Teacher Training, only 8 more months to go!!!!!!!!!!!

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Saturday’s training was awesome!!!!

We always start Saturday training with a kind of regrouping time. Even though we are all friends on Facebook and can see what we are all up to, it’s nice to talk about the highlights in person. Especially the people who are actually teaching or just starting to teach. Hearing their experiences, their nerves beforehand, then afterwards realizing they did better than they thought they would.

I’m not that far along in my training to even think about teaching so I just shared my birthday story of hang gliding!

After this catch up period, it was time for one of the 500 hours students to teach a Flow class. Michelle is AWESOME!! Everything about her class was amazing! Definitely going to take one of her classes at a local studio here in Tampa.

From here there was a short break time then it was time for another yoga class. This round, we had 4 of the 200 hour students each teach 15 minute segments. They worked it out that it would all flow together. Warm up, flow and Savasana. AMAZING!! Each one of them let their personality shine through in their flows. Heck, one even played Smashing Pumpkins and it felt like a rock yoga class!

After lunch, Jennifer (the owner of the yoga school) did a segment on “Connecting With Students”. I feel this is SO important. I have taken classes and some teachers I feel have no interest in their class, they are just going through the motions. That is actually a rarity that I have experienced. Most yoga teachers make you feel like they are your best friends. Definitely feel that connection.

From here we shifted our focus to Seated Postures and Pranayama (focusing on Bastika).

Practicing Bastrika breath

Practicing Bastrika breath

Based off this section, we created a sequence containing 4 seated postures. Each one of us got the chance to teach our mini sequence. It’s a bit unnerving to teach a flow, even if it is only 5 minutes. The fear that you will screw it up is there but then you remember, this is what I want to do and you just do it!

Sunday’s training was ramping up to be epic! However, I had an unfortunate event that led to a sore and swollen (eventually bruised knee). Sunday morning at home, walking outside through the sliding glass door, I stepped on something sharp, which in turn led me to jerk my left leg up and slam my left knee into the metal framing of the sliding glass door. OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! I may have laid on the back patio for a couple of minutes.

Then within an hour of that happening, I was playing with Ava and she raised her head as I was lowering mine. That move resulted in a huge busted lip for me. This led to some comments about me being a clumsy. I have to disagree as these two events were not due to clumsiness but to freak accidents and bad timing.

So anyways, I could have practiced with a busted lip. Hell, perfect time to practice inversions since my lip was already busted ;) The issue was my knee. It hurt to bend it or put pressure on it.

Complete bummer as there were some really great yoga flows for training that day. On the bright side, it was the perfect opportunity to observe a yoga class being taught and take some notes. you don’t really get that opportunity often. I made sure to take full advantage of it!

One of the students, Vicki taught a kick ass class and I made some stellar notes on her flow and the verbiage she used for transitions.

Following Vicki’s class, we had a 2 hour Anatomy presented by Dr. Anita. Such a great class with her. Humor mixed with anatomy, my kind of teaching!

After anatomy, it was time for a 200 hour graduation. Sarah did a restorative class and guess what, I could do that class. Well most of it anyways. I was happy I got a bit of practice in Sunday. Thank you Sarah!!!!!!

Restorative yoga uses lots of props!! Perfect for propping up a bum knee :)

Restorative yoga uses lots of props!! Perfect for propping up a bum knee :)

We rounded out the yoga bubble weekend with philosophy, Mantra study and a Chakra presentation on the Heart Chakra.

Mantra study

Mantra study

Photo credit for this goes to Brandie

Photo credit for this goes to Brandie

One weekend a month, we step into the “Yoga Bubble” as they call it. Sharing such a phenomenal experience with people who share a love of yoga and everything it encompasses is so inspiring.

There is a lot of “work” that goes into teacher training. I say “work” because if you love something, then it isn’t really work. So maybe a better word would be prepping?!?! The more I dive into it, the more I learn and the more I realize I have so, so much more to learn!

Always a student :)

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Back to Racing

After taking the last couple of weeks off from sailing, Thursday night we were back at it!

The sky was dark and deary, it was quite beautiful! I’m a lover of thunderstorms!

The beginning of the race was wet…

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The rain eventually stopped. We finished. Came in 2nd. Saw a beautiful sunset as we cleaned up the boat.

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The end.


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RED, WHITE and YOGA!!!!!!!!

Happy 4th of July everyone!!!

Hope you have a wonderful day celebrating today!  Fireworks, cookouts, friends, family, drinks, and love! Whatever your day is filled with, hope it is fantastic!!!

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I started my morning out taking a yoga class at a newly discovered studio close to my house! A lot of red, white and blue dressed yogi’s today. I wore pink, pink is kind of like red, right?!

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