Good afternoon everyone! I just got back from a free yoga class on the beach in Carmel (a local Lululemon ambassador, Kimbe, was hosting)! The only yoga classes I have ever attended have been indoors, so I had no idea what to expect! Other than the sun…which meant sunscreen, hat and sunglasses for me (during the class, but not for the 2 min photo shoot at the end!). As you can see from the photo below, it was a beautiful day for yoga! Sunny skies, light breeze and big waves crashing on the shore!
It was hard for me to get used to the ‘outdoor’ feel at first, since someone bought their dog (large, rhodesian ridgeback) who kept running around everyone in the class (and kicking up sand along the way). Don’t get me wrong, I AM a dog person, but I left my dog at home so I could let go of my responsibility for a while. Plus someone else brought their small kids (who were crying at one point), so that was fun…Eventually I got over my annoyance with the parent and owner because I didn’t want to let it to ruin my day. And I was surprised at myself for being able to ‘let it go’ about 20 min into the practice. Even though the dog (and another much smaller one later) came by to do sniff checks once in a while, I just accepted it as part of ‘the moment’. It’s hard to explain that ‘tuning out’ experience with words… Fortunately, during the last 15 min of practice, the dogs and small children calmed down, which was nice to have for savasana. Overall, I enjoyed the class! Kimbe reminded me of my first yoga teacher I practiced with for a couple years in college. It was a nice change of pace from the usual butt-kicking flow yoga I do!
After the class, my friend and I walked back to her house, sipping the tea we brewed on the walk down to the beach. While it wasn’t piping hot anymore (thank goodness, since it was getting warm outside), it still had just enough heat to make it a perfect and refreshing post-yoga drink (even though I also brought my own water). I noticed some of the pretty flowers growing in her garden when we were leaving and she so kindly clipped a hydrangea and a few roses for me to take home! The roses smell so amazing! After I got home, I placed them in my vase. And for those of you wondering (when you scroll down to the bottom), yes those are seashells and sea glass pieces on the bottom! Insead of marbles, I use shells and glass I collect from the local beach. It adds a nice touch don’t you think?
Be sure to scroll down to check out some other cool yoga pose pictures!
What are your favorite outdoor activities?