Kayak + Yoga

= Kayoga

My Saturday started as I attempted a 55 minute run through dense fog with Lucky girl.  I had only 1 hour to complete this run before I had to be out the door for kayoga.  I should have known that wasn’t enough time with a dog in tow.  Stop and sniff.  Stop and protest run.  Stop and be pissed off that there are no squirrels to chase because they are all still sleeping.

Just a lesson in patience really (though I had to have some chats with Lucky along the way).  I ended up getting 30 long, drawn out running minutes in the allotted hour.

You win some, and lose some.

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It was still foggy on the drive over to Tierra Verde, the island right before Ft. DeSoto, where I was meeting up with Sara, Jena, and Jenny for kayoga.  We all bought a groupon for this little adventure and were excited to give kayak + yoga a try.

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The trip began with a 45 minute paddle to an isolated barrier island off of Tierra Verde (Hello awesome camping spot! Dave and I will be back soon).

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We spotted lots of fish (all of which Jena could name) and a few stingrays on the paddle out.

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When we arrived on the island, we went into the Gulf for a little dip before our yoga session. Living in Florida is seriously amazing (just remind me that come July, please!)

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Yoga started with some bikram like poses moved into sun salutations, some seated poses and finished with breathing exercises and shavasana.  I didn’t need to be a yoga guru to get through the 60 minute yoga session, but it was strenuous enough that I felt like I was getting some great stretching and good core and stability work done.

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I really enjoyed looking at a beautiful sky while holding poses.  It was really refreshing and sure beats florescent lights! The stratus clouds were constantly changing with each pose.  And we even spotted a manatee!

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After a quick swim in the Gulf after yoga was complete, we were on our way back to reality.  We all commented how relaxing we felt in shavasana.

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Once back to shore, I totally felt like one of two things needed to happen:  either do another yoga session or for a masseuse to magically appear from the sky and massage my shoulders.

Since neither went down,  a quick little stretch ensued, and I was back on the road.  The key to avoiding traffic to the beach on a beautiful weekend day is to arrive early.  This was the scene as we were leaving the Ft. DeSoto area.

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I was dreaming of a salad, so Jenny and I stopped at Central Café and Organics for lunch.  If you recall I went there last weekend for a blogger meeetup, and had the most refreshing and delicious meal.  Being so close, I couldn’t resist.

St. Petersburg was crazy since the Gran Prix was also this weekend, so once we scored some free parking spots, I inhaled a ridiculously huge salad and carrot, apple, ginger juice and then headed to check out the race.

We were able to catch a little bit of the races through a fence.  Here I am reaching my hand up really high to get a picture.  Tis the advantages of being tall.

I’m hoping to win this car, so keep your fingers crossed.

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Kayoga was definitely fun!  I would love to do it again, if I could get another groupon (unfortunately with a $50 a pop price tag, this won’t be a weekly occurrence).  Though, word on the street is that they occasionally give away free kayoga sessions if a class isn’t full.  So if you are in the Tampa Bay area, be sure to friend them on facebook.

Have you ever tried kayoga?  What the hell is a grand prix?

Be well,
Carolyn

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8 Comments

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8 responses to “Kayak + Yoga

  1. Great review of a super fun day! (And of a super fun night with L-Boogie also) And dang girl, your arms look amazing in that pic! Steering that sea kayak was a better workout than I had anticipated. Feeling good today!

  2. kayoga, sounds very unique! the water looked beautiful!

  3. Ed

    What a cool way to blend a few exercise types. Interesting!

  4. kayoga sounds AWESOME!!- coolest activity ever!

  5. Kayoga sounds like so much fun! We have great kayaking and great yoga here in Richmond but I don’t think anyone has ever combined the two.

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  8. I am glad you enjoyed the trip! We enjoyed having all of you there!!

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