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Yoga, Travel and Life Lessons

Recently I helped Contiki Travel with an interview on my thoughts on travel.  You can read the interview here, and see some travel advice I have for you!  But this really got me thinking about WHY I travel.

Throughout my career, I have become very lucky to be able to combine to of my passions: Yoga and Travel.  The best advice I can ever give someone is to travel.  Lots.  And everywhere you can.  Go somewhere you don’t know the language and travel to place without a plan.  Immerse yourself in cultures you’ve only heard about and experience things that you have only read in books.

Why Travel?  Because traveling shapes you into who you can become and introduces you into other worlds.  You can sit for hours watching this different life walk in front of you, unconsciously taking in the culture, experiences and manners within.  I watched myself grow up with each place that I visited…moving from Europe to Hawaii and stationing back in Southern California all while traveling to 20 different US states, Australia, Canada, South America and more.  Each town and country added to my own values and personal beliefs and I am happy to say that I will continue this travel addiction.  There’s so much more of the word to see.

Why Travel and do Yoga? Traveling through college, I spent most of my times sleeping on trains in Europe or dancing the night away at the local pubs.  Once I started to emerge myself in yoga and finding a daily practice, my two worlds of yoga and travel were pushed together as one.  Practicing yoga in a different place allows my body to react to change, be challenged to other perspectives and learn what the destination has taught me.  Yoga in another culture or place gives you a moment on your trip to reflect.  To express through movement what you are learning and gaining, while taking that serene silence to soak it all in.

So give it a chance.  Grab your passport, research yoga studios near by and try something new.  Just remember “it’s not the destination, it’s the journey”

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Summer Yoga Playlist…Sun Salutations and Jams!

Tired of your typical yoga music that makes you feel like it’s still winter?  No worries, we have compiled a rockin’ playlist of songs to make you enjoy flowing in the sunshine!

1. “Comptine D’un autre ete” by Amelie Soundtrack

2.   “Fineshrine” by Purity Ring

3.  “Weekend” by Class Actress

4.  “Youth (Adventure Club Dubstep)” by Foxes

5.  “Gold on the ceiling” by the Black Keys

6. “Azure” by Paul Kalkbrenner

7. “Super Scorer” by Boy Robot

8.  “Live in Vanilla” by Boy Robot

9.  “Everything Goes” by Club 8

10. “Ooh Child (alternate version)” by Beth Orton

11.  “Turning Page (instrumental)” by Breaking Dawn Soundtrack

12.   “Samsketi” by Sigur Ros

Enjoy, Flow and get outside!

Miami Swim Week with ZICO Coconut Water

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim returned to the warm sands of Miami Beach, and I was so excited to be apart of it!!! Jetting off from July 19th-23rd, the event showcased over 25 international designers from Australia, Brazil, Columbia, and the US at what has become the premier swimwear event in the world.
I traveled with ZICO Coconut Water, as they partnered up with Salon Allure for this years’ events.  The weekend was incredible.  Laying by the pools of the W Hotel and Perry South Beach, walking through the booths of the upcoming swimwear in 2013 and seeing the suits being strutted down the aisle at the late night fashion shows were all highlights of the weekend.  Here’s the Salon Allure Show at the W and the Tropicana Pool Party at the Raleigh Hotel:


Even through all the glitz, glamour and bikini-clad models, ZICO was able to set up one of the most inspirational yoga classes of my life.  ZICO & Salon Allure invited parents and patients from The Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation, to participate in a yoga class lead by me, on the beach.  Teaching both on the rooftop of the Perry South Beach hotel and on the sand of South Beach was amazing, but the interactions with these children made it even more memorable.  I watched the children take a moment out of hospital visits, blood tests, etc to sit and learn the techniques of breathing and stress-relief.  Afterwards, their smiles and lively hugs brought tears to my eyes.  I saw how much yoga can help these children deal with things in their lives that they can’t control.  They need a space to have to themselves to stop and breathe when things get tough.  I am glad to have this effect on this group of children, and so thankful to ZICO for giving me this opportunity.  Here I am with the group, and Jimmy who suffered from stomach cancer.

 

Check out the two different set ups for the yoga classes…

THANK YOU ZICO COCONUT WATER! SEE YOU NEXT YEAR MIAMI!

Yoga Workout Playlist

Upon many requests, here is Lacey‘s Hour-Long playlist for a yoga class that incorporates strength training and multiple cardio burst!  You can use this playlist for running, weight lifting, or just a quick dance party this weekend! 

“Oh That I Had” – Mt. Eden Dubstep

“Don’t Wake Me Up” -Chris Brown

“As Long As You Love Me” -Justin Bieber

“Greyhound” -Swedish House Mafia

“Back In Time” – PitBull

“Sweat (130 MPM French Connection Mix)” -Bump n Grind

“Body Work” – Morgan Page & Tegan and Sara

“Titanium” -David Guetta and Sia

“Carry Me” – Morgan Page & Nadia Ali

“Learn to be Alright” -Mashup Germany

“Wide Awake” -Katy Perry

“Ho Hey” The Lumineers

“Comptine D’un autre ete-L’apres-midi” -Yann Tiersen

“Samskeyti” -Sigur Ros

Beach Running…Fun in the Sun or a “Wash-Out?

As summer starts and the sunshine starts to take over our attention spans, runners start to fill the streets, alleys and beach paths.  Those looking for a nice coat of UV rays and the feeling of running through nature knows how exciting it is when its “summer running weather“.

Spending the past three weekends on the beaches of Tahoe, Newport and Ocean Beach made us contemplate the benefits and dangers of running without shoes along the beach.  Here’s what we think:

1. BENEFIT: Sand in your toes.  There’s just no better feeling.

2. DANGER: Blisters on the bottom of your feet.  Sometimes you cannot gauge how hot the sand might be, or how coarse the sand is.  One thing we know, Southlake Tahoe sand is not sand.  Its a little too rough on the feet.

3. BENEFIT: There is no real need for music.  The sound of the waves is motivating enough, plus the view of babes in beach outfits is always a plus.

4. BENEFIT: after a barefoot beach run, your knees and ankles feel a bit stronger and less impacted.  A Griffith University (Queensland, Australia) study concluded that landing on soft sand increases the “collision” time, or the time during which the foot sinks into the sand, and therefore reduces the overall stress of pounding on the lower extremities.

5. DANGER: Because your running along the seashore, there is usually some sort of incline leading away from the waves.  Running significant distances with one leg landing higher on the slope than the other is an easy way to injury yourself because it leads to muscular imbalances.  So check out your seashore slants!

CONCLUSION:  We love running barefoot on the beach.  Just make sure you check your sand, the incline and hit the road every once in a while.

HAPPY SUNNY RUNS!

Music, Mosh pits, and.. Yoga?: How to get your Om on at the Summer’s Music Festivals

As summer approaches, the excitement of festival season starts to grow.  We start to find our neon tank tops and glow sticks and countdown the days to Coachella, Outside Lands, Burning Man, or whatever other festival strikes your fancy.  The sun is hot and the girls and boys spend their days and nights dancing to the upcoming bands and hippest songs that aren’t always on the radio.

With that in mind, we have to bring up the idea of the addition of yoga into music festivals.  Wanderlust has incorporated music into their yoga festival, but we think its time that those two worlds combined at all music festivals.  After a night of running through the desert and dancing for hours, your body needs a short hour of stretching and revitalization for the next few days of the festivals.

Here are some poses that you can do outside your tent, by the pool or in between sets of your favorite bands.

Supine Twist:  A simple pose to ignite your colon for cleansing and dextoxing, as well a great stretch in your outer hip and lower back.  This is something you can do next to a pool.

Crescent Moon:

A perfect stretch for your hip flexors and it feels great along your front body (especially if you are camping!).  Make sure your knee touches the ground, since balance is usually something that you loose throughout a music festival.

 

Savasana

Take a moment for yourself, lay down and just breathe.  Just make sure its in your campsite, hotel etc. and not in the middle of a moshpit.

Cheers to staying hydrated, stretching, dancing and living free!


Music Monday: A Bhakti Flow Playlist

More music to help inspire and expand your yoga practice!

This playlist was drawn from various selections made by a Bhakti Flow teacher, Brad Brockbank, from San Francisco’s Urban Flow Yoga Studio.

Bhakti yoga is a practice deeply rooted in chanting, singing, slow and challenging vinyasa sequencing that highlight and focus on devotion to love and one’s God. You will find the selection of songs below to be much more instrumental, electronic, and eclectic than our usual suggestions, but we thought we’d like to spice it up for you! 🙂 Enjoy this weeks yogi jams!

Psyabi  –  Perpetual Loop

Mura   –   Kuba

The Baghdad Groove   –  Petrol Bomb Samosa

Bombay (feat. Amar & Jim Beanz)  – Timbaland

Murder By Contract –  Depth Charge

Snipers For Biters (Extrakd & Eddie Def)  –  Material

She’s Long Gone   –   The Black Keys

Toubala kono  –  Amadou & Mariam

The Ghost Inside  –  Broken Bells

Feel (feat. Valia)  –  Cayetano

Sweet Poke  –  Cayetano

Sweet Child O’Mine  –  Orleya

The Light Around You  –  Cayetano

The Fire  –  Imogen Heap

Paris, Texas  –  Gotan Project

#TGIF Weekly Top 10: March Madness

1. Your New Weekly Motto

Your New Life Motto

2. Best Food Blog to follow The Clothes Make the GirlBoth inspiring & inventive healthy recipes!

3. Video to Check Out: Oakley Progression Sessions weekend recap in Mammoth Mountain, California.

4. Need to eat healthy on the go!? Check out Women’s Health Magazine Best 125 Packaged Food list. Suuuuper helpful for those looking to make the RIGHT decision on the go!

Our Favorites from the list: Pure Organic Cranberry Orange Bar, Food Should Taste Good Chips, & Kashi Cereal!

5. Most clever play on March Madness: ESPN Women’s Champion of Awesome Bracket. Be sure to Like them on Facebook too for more amazingly awesome stuff like this!

Road Trips or Cocktails? That is the question.

6. Top 125 Triathlon Blogs of 2012 – Check outour fellow Oakley Ambassadors who made the list, Marni Sumbal with TriMarni & Katie Morse with ‘Tri’ing for Pro.

7. Product LOVE of the week! Oakley Crowbar Snow Goggles – Check out CA Yoga Sport Trainer Lacey Calvert’s product review here & sign up for the Perform Beautifully Collective group while you check out the site!

Oakley Crowbar Snow Goggles

8. Best song to add to your running playlist this week: Young Blood by The Naked & Famous.

9. Random DIY blog you should check out just because its plain awesome – A Beautiful Mess.

10. Motivational Quote #2 just for that extra push through the weekend.

Have a great weekend!!! #TGIF

Music Monday: Lacey’s Hour Flow Mix

Need some musical inspiration for your studio or at-home yoga practice!? Try out some of these tunes that Lacey Calvert uses in her Vinyasa Flow classes at Core Power Berkeley!
 
Ain’t No Sunshine –Ziggy Marley
Your Hand in Mine – Explosions in the Sky
Eastern Glow –The Album Leaf
Ticks of the Clock – The Chromatics
Come Together- The Beatles
Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
First Breath after Coma- Explosions in the Sky
A Real Hero- College
The Winner Is – From Little Miss Sunshine Soundtrack
Turning Page (Instrumental) – Sleeping at Last
Wonderwall- Ryan Adams
Savasana- Josh Brill
 
 Check out more music suggestions here & here to add to your yogi playlist!
Happy Monday & Namaste Yogis!
 

Friday’s Top 10 List #TGIF

Friday’s Top 10 List of things to check out, read up on, or cook!

1. 5 Ways to Eat Healthier via Elephant Journal – 1. Learn to Cook, 2. Shop More, Buy Less…find out the rest here!!

2. Photo of the Day, Week, Month, … hell, Year!!! Photo of the Day

3. Recipe to Try! Crispy Brussel Sprouts with Garlic Aoili via Anna Costa Food blog

4. Must watch video of the week. It’s not Fitness, It’s Life. #Stunning

5. Zucchini Chip recipe! YUM!!!

6. Newest eco conscious home decor item to add to your humble abode, Green Terrariums! Check out on the Wit & Whistle on how to make your own!

7. Best way to kill time. Follow us on Pinterest!!!

8. Must purchase work out top! Try out Oakley Women’s Line the Extend Top & enjoy its antibacterial, moisture wicking, & quick dry fabric! Product tested in SUP, Running, & Yoga conditions!

Oakley Women's Extend Top

9. Recommended Reads: The Alchemist, Steve Jobs, Light On Yoga. Best way to spend a rainy day or in San Francisco’s case a whole week!.. reading a book with a cup of Black Tea-remember it helps fight off colds!

10. Enter the Perform Beautifully Contest to become the next Oakley Women Ambassador!!!!

Have a happy healthy weekend!!!