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Savasana…My favorite Part of Yoga

At the end of every yoga class, you often hear the teacher instructing you to lie still on your back with your eyes closed and legs long for “Savasana” or “Copse Pose”.  This is the moment I am able to let out a big breath and finally allow my hour-long yoga practice to sink in.  This is the best moment of my yoga practice.

But as I start to travel and teach yoga to more and more athletes, I started to realize that not many people understood the power of this pose, or asana.  B.K.S. Iyengar explained in his book Light On Yoga   “By remaining motionless for some time and keeping he mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax.  This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both body and mind.” Believe me, for years the idea of laying down and clearing my thoughts seemed impossible.  But once I was open to the idea of savasana, I slowly felt how beneficial this was for my everyday life.


Why do savasana?

Savasana allows the breathing rhythm and heart rate to steady and rest.  In all of our hectic lives, this is very rare.  With heightened heart rates, people loose control and often result in anxiety problems and stress overload.  As athletes, we are really good at heightening our heart rate and pushing our bodies to the limit.  It’s important that the body and mind get a few minutes to rest a day for balance.  By practicing savasana, one can train themselves to slow down their heart rate and breath with complete control.  I know that I can run farther distances and snowboard longer powder lines knowing that I can have complete authority over my heart rate and breath.  Because of techniques learned in savasana, you learn to become aware of those things around you, and observe from a calm and pleasantly detached place.  The word “hectic” and “stressed” are slowly eliminated from your vocabulary.


So take 2 minutes after your yoga practice to complete your workout.  Your mind (and body!) will thank you.


Grocery Shopping: A Peak Inside CA YogaSport’s Kitchen Cabinets

Grocery Shopping with California Yoga Sport

Getting a solid 8 hours of sleep. Pushing your fitness limits & hitting thresholds. Dynamic training schedules. Stretching. Resting. Listening to your body. These are all important factors when training as an performance athlete, however one major part of this balanced equation is nutrition. Unless you have the unique luxury of working solely as a sponsored performance athlete, you most likely run into the dilemma of maintaining a consistent & balanced diet amidst a chaotic work schedule. Whether instructing 4 back-to-back heated core power yoga classes in one day or sitting at a desk from 9-5, it can be a challenge to maintain that athletic mindset when it comes to diet & nutrition even in the workplace. Which leads us to the question.. What are the must-have grocery tips & items for athletes?

That question is not so easy after all. We each have very different tastes in foods & snacks that keep us powered through the day, but we definitely know what works for us! Therefore we decided to take a peak into our own kitchen cupboards to discover what items in our pantry are absolutely necessary for our performance & training. Check out below what we cook up & use daily to keep our bodies fueled!



CYS Tips to Grocery Shopping for Performance

CYS Shopping Cart

1. Stock & buy only what you need for up to 3 days at home. Loading up on fresh healthy fruits and vegetables isn’t just altruistic, it truly does make a difference to your cooking palate & encourages you to eat seasonally! Grab just a few of everything so you don’t waste food if it spoils. Be sure to avoid overly processed foods or any items with preservatives.

2. Keep it colorful. As pictured above in our shopping cart we have a range of colors. Keeping your dishes colorful will ensure that you are getting a mix of many vitamins & minerals which helps your meals stay nutritionally dense. Kale, avocado, bell peppers, and eggplant usually help knock out some of the Roy G. Biv rainbow we were going for.

3. Bring one reusable grocery bag. Keep it eco friendly & bring your own grocery bags. Another plus to this tactic is if you only bring one bag it will help limit your purchases to fewer items. This will encourage you to frequent your grocer more often & will empower you to avoid those bulk & unnecessary purchases of processed or overly packaged foods.

CYS Kitchen Cupboard

4. Purchase raw & unprocessed foods. Raw nuts, raw unblanched organic almond or peanut butter, Lara bars, and dried fruit are some of our must haves at the store. The whole ‘Rawvolution‘ has some pretty big takeaways as far as diet & nutrition are concerned for athletes & non-athletes alike. In a society full of quick & easy goods prepackaged to our liking the more processed a product has become the less nutrients it contains. Going back to our ancient ways of eating raw food allows our digestive system to naturally process & gain the most from those items such as nuts & vegetables.

5. Add Wheat Grass Drink Powder to the shopping list. This powder is vegan, gluten free, & raw. No excuses not to add this powder into your morning smoothies. Wheat Grass powder provides a natural balanced source of phytonutrients and carotenoids, 2x more dietary fiber than an 8 gram serving of oat bran, 2x more iron than a 30 gram serving of fresh spinach, and an excellent source of folic acid, beta carotene and vitamin C. So much good stuff wrapped up in a powder that can be virtually added to any juice, smoothie, or recipe you choose.

6. Pick up some Apple Cider Vinegar. If our fellow yoga extraordinaire, Kathryn Budig, swears by it and we do too than we had to add it to our list. If your sweet tooth craving is coming on post dinner grab a spoonful of this to help curb the urge for reaching for something sweet. After pounding this stuff it will help to stabilize your blood sugar levels & has also proven benefits to  help with allergies, flu, diabetes, heartburn & high cholesterol.

7. Maca Root. Don’t ask questions, just know that this Incan root will soon be replacing your morning cup of coffee & is the ultimate CYS secret superfood!

Happy Grocery Shopping!

We hope that you find these tips helpful! Feel free to send us your personal favorite grocery items that fuel your body! Always room to add more to this list above!

Top 5 Gifts to Buy a Yoga Athlete this Holiday Season

Are you struggling to find that perfect gift this season for your active family members or even yourself?! What kind of gift can you give to those close family & friends that want to step up their yoga practice, athletic performance, or both!?.. well California Yoga Sport has done the research for you! Check out some of these high performance gifts for your fellow athletes this season.

Top 5 Gift Ideas for Yoga Athletes:

1. Manduka PROlite Yoga Mat– This yoga mat is a fresh alternative for people who like travel yoga mats with superior quality and comfort. The PROlite is a lighter, zero-waste, non slip yoga mat for in the studio and on the go.

2. Moji Neck+– This product is an innovative all-in-one garment that provides soothing heat to the neck and middle to upper back. The Neck+ wraps around the contours of the body to deliver Moji’s signature warm hug and provides ample coverage for the neck or can be flipped over and worn to heat the middle to upper back. This product provides instant tension release in the upper back & neck which is a common place that most people hold all of their holiday stress. 😉 Yoga assists in relieving this tension, but throwing one of these on after a challenging vinyasa flow with one too many downward dogs is Ah-mazing!

3. Polarized Oakley Stockholm Goggles for those Ski Bunnies or Tanner Hall Signature Series Crowbar Snow Goggles for the Snow Men – Oakely is famous for its high level performance sunglasses & goggles tackling every sport that needs superior eyewear. This ski & snowboarding season don’t lose sight of your performance goals and be sure to pick up yourself or your snow hungry friends a set of these snow goggles.

*Perks to this perfect eye wear is the O Matter Technology that uses premium materials to provide its’ customers with flexible design, strap outriggers to distribute pressure, and the moisture wicking comfort of triple-layer fleece foam. The impact resistance meets ANSI Z87.1 standards and the UV filtering is 100%. They even tune the lens sizing for a greater visual range and hit it with F3 anti-fog treatment. CYS’s ULTIMATE buy for this Holiday Season!

4. Polar T31 Heart Rate Monitor or an over the top holiday buy with the Polar RCX5 Supreme Precision for Endurance Athletes – From improving fitness to enhancing athletic performance, Polar makes some of the best heart rate monitors around. If you know someone looking to up their game & gain serious competitive edge in their training than these two heart rate monitors, though very different, can do just that! Of course Polar T31 is the best basic heart rate monitor out there to introduce to a novice & the RCX5 is the ultimate holiday gift that would be an undeniable advantage in anyone’s training for those marathon runners, triathletes, or Ironmen/women. If you know someone training for a marathon or their first triathlon the Polar T31 is definitely the gift for them! *Benefits to using a heart rate monitor while training – accuracy & ease, helps monitor your fitness, prevent over or under training, helps track pace during training & in a race, and allows for pure constructive feedback on your athletic ability & improvements. Highly recommended for a personal purchase to start 2012 off on the right beat- no pun intended!

5. Lululemon Recognition Pants or Lululemon Core Short for Men – Looking for a new way to jazz up your wardrobe or your friend’s yoga attire for class? These gifts are perfect! I know for us here at CYS new clothes can give us that New Years Resolution boost we need in our practice. Another pair of yoga pants never hurt anyone..right?!  For the male friends & family members out there it’s always tough to find functional & comfortable clothing to practice yoga in as well as feel good wearing it – the Lulu Core Short is the pair for you! Lululemon’s clothing line & quality of fabric helps those novice yogis feel like advanced practitioners during those unpredictable hot vinyasa flow classes. Help your friends & family members, who may be trying out Yoga as a New Years Resolution, to start their practice off feeling good from the inside out!

Need more gift ideas?! Feel free to email us! We have a gift for every type of Yoga Athlete out there & plenty more ideas of self spoiling products to treat yourself to this holiday season!

Be sure to also check out our Holiday Special Offer for a 50 minute health consultation with our Health Coach Diana & a private yoga training session with our CYS Trainers Lacey & Lindsea!

Yoga for Runners Webisode with Lacey Calvert

To conclude our month of runner focused posts here is one of our favorite webisodes where CYS Trainer Lacey Calvert gives you a step by step yoga sequence that will help you get the most out of your yoga practice.

Watch as she will walk you through the best postures & stretches to help those tight quadriceps & aching knees that runners deal with most and open your hips to a world of difference for your sport.

Want to see more?! Subscribe to calyogasport’s youtube channel

Back to School Season Goals presented by the Oakley Women Ambassadors

Check out our Oakley Women’s Ambassador Team taking on the Fall Back to School Season by storm! Hear about what their personal & fitness goals are for the season and get inspired to start some new ones yourself!

Feel particularly inspired by one of the  Oakley Women Ambassadors?! Email us & we can put you in touch!

Special thank you to all of our wonderful Oakley Ambassadors for partaking in this video & contributing their goals to our CYS community!

Brittany D. Costa, DeAnn Teixeira, Katie Morse, Kate Modisett, Caitlin Pruden, Marni Sumbal, Francesca Lollini, Kimberly Doll, Amanda Brooks, & Lacey Calvert

Fight Workout Boredom: 5 Songs to Add to Your Runner’s Playlist

Struggling to get in those last few minutes or miles into your work out due to the boredom you experience with your music? You are not alone. I have found that music has made a huge impact on whether or not I pound out those last moments that really count. If you are using the Nike+ app be sure to select your Powersongs ahead of time for when you really need that extra push.

This month California Yoga Sport will be addressing the world of Running + Yoga combined, so be sure to check back for some great tips, advice, & videos on how to get the best out of both worlds to reach your fitness potential.

Meanwhile, rock on with these Runner’s tunes:

Let It Out by Girl Talk –Best during a run when your mind starts to wander out of boredom. Keep the energy up and focused. Great for morning runs.

The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga  –Duh! What?! Did you not expect to see a Lady Gaga song on here…? You know the drill… hit the ground running.

Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock) by LMAOF – Follow up that run with a quick and effective session on the stationary bike. Cross training is always great to keep your work outs interesting and dynamic. Best for a sprint on the stationary bike – 10 seconds up & 10 seconds seated sprints for the entire song.

Please Don’t Go by Mike Posner – Best for doing running sprint intervals.

That’s Right by Girl Talk – album is available to download online free.

More songs to add the list?! Send them our way!

Yoga for Hope with California Yoga Sport

Check out Calfornia Yoga Sport’s afternoon at the Yoga for Hope Event hosted in Union Square on September 17th, 2011.

We are so grateful to be a part of this wonderful and very special event as well as being able to share our love of yoga with our fellow yogis! What an incredible day! Also be sure to check out more of our photos from that day on our Facebook Page!

Q&A with our Health Coach, Diana

Read our interview with the newest member of the California Yoga Sport Team, Health Coach and Educator Diana Rodriguez.  We like to call her D-Rod and we think she rocks.  Here’s a few questions we asked her during this morning’s shoot:

What is a health coach and what do you do?  If you’ve ever played a sport, you’ve had experience with a coach. I do the same but with food and lifestyle. I am there to support your growth and hopefully inspire and challenge you to live at your fullest.

So what would you say your coaching style is?  I’d like to think that my style is very supportive yet firm. It is important to me that my clients reach their goals, so I hold them accountable and challenge them to find balance in all areas of their life.

What are your typical clients like?  My clients are typically really active, fun and smart people who are ready to take their health to the next level.  They are often overwhelmed by all the diets and fads out there and just want something that is simple and balanced, but most importantly very specific to them.

Any diet myths you would like to clear up?
Many athletic people think that because they exercise and their bodies look healthy, they can eat whatever they want, but that is the complete opposite!  Active people need to be especially aware of the need to replenish  with the best foods to help their body repair and perform at the highest level.

What is your favorite exercise/sport??  Yoga and Soccer!

What can we expect from your weekly blog? 
D: Definitely expect lots of healthy, yummy recipes – I love, love to cook. As well as many ways to improve and maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

If your interested in working with Diana through one-on-one coaching or through our Skype channel, please send her an email directly to dcristinarodriguez@gmail.com. 

TRX and Yoga

Life after college has two paths….either you go and travel the world or get pushed into the workforce.  Either way, health becomes something that post-college grads begin to forget about.

Luckily, we found something this week that can transform the lives of busy athletes and “real world” workerbees.  TRX is a suspension training that uses body weight to complete a full-body workout.  At first, the two black straps hanging from the ceiling was intimidating, but once we got to play around on them, our muscles already felt stronger.  We had the priviledge of attending the all day training at the TRX Headquarters in SF, and left with a new feeling of motivation and creativity.

It only makes sense that TRX and yoga go together.  Whether you are living in hotel rooms and finding somewhere to workout or using your office for quick workouts at lunch, you can bring the portable TRX and accompanying yoga mat and get your sweat on.

Here’s a quick exercise to do if you are already an TRX owner:

High Plank with Tricep Touch:

Sitting on your knees with the TRX behind you, place your feet in the TRX hand straps.  Flex your feet and come up into a high plank position.  Hold for 10 seconds to activate the core; pull your belly button into your spine while pressing your yoga mat away from you.  Holding your core, begin to use your obliques to pull the knee into the tricep.  Hold and release back to high plank.  Repeat on other side.  Repeat this set of each knee to same tricep for 12 reps on each side. 

Overall, we’re in love.  We hope to get some videos up here soon and if you are interested in purchasing a TRX, email us at Lacey@californiayogasport.com and we can hook you up with a client special discount 🙂

Thank you Doug from TRX Training Center for everything today!

Traveling and working out has never looked this good. 


Hurley’s Brandon Guilmette Talks Surfing and Yoga

   Boys…Surfing…and YOGA?

  Even though they are three of our favorite things, we never thought that they’d tie together.  But in the past year, it seems as if the worlds of surf and yoga have combined.  Working with various professional and up-and coming surfers, we were to see them benefit in our hour long customized sessions focusing on upper body strength, balance and conditioning.  We sat in the sand with Hurley’s Brandon Guimette and chatted about his experience with our training regime.

Whats your name, job title and athletic hobby? Brandon Guilmette, Hurley Sports Marketing Manager, Surfing…and pants off dance off!

Dance off?  We’ll need to see that soon.  So, back to reality…how can yoga help you in your surfing career?  Yoga……Well I have found that being flexible and having a strong core and  increased stability help me to be better at what I do.

Why did you find working with California Yoga Sport (Lacey) different from other athletic trainers?  Lacey made our workout fun. She’s a great teacher and can interact with her students rather than just tell them what to do. And she’s better to look at than the guys who train me.

Flattering!  What’s the best advice that you can give surfers who want to try out yoga for the first time? Work through the soreness!

Last but not least, whats your most epic surf story to share? Most epic surf story would have to be the this one time I got barreled.

A many of many words and some great moves on the water and land.  Thanks for you time Brandon and we will be seeing at the Nike US Open of Surf.  Cheers xoxo