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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”

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!

Oakley Women take over Napa Valley…Part 2

I had the amazing opportunity to head back to Napa with the Oakley Women’s Perform Beautifully Contest.  Last year, I was so nervous and overwhelming with the inspiring women around me, it all seemed like such a blur.  After the most life changing year with Oakley Women‘s, I felt a whole new vibe as this year’s weekend festivities kicked off.  I was more confident and passionate about the brand that I was there to represent.  I was excited to share this passion with the new 10 brand ambassadors, and show them the healthy, fit, and fun ways of the Oakley lifestyle.  We got to run the 5K through the Trefethen Winery, bike our new Trek Bikes through 3 more wineries, hike and picnic in Bothe Napa Valley State Park as well as tour and watch a presentation at the Culinary Institute of America (the original C.I.A.).  We couldn’t of asked for better weather, and had even better times together!

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New Asics NEON lightweight running shoes!Image

The new 10 ambassadors and a few of the original 10 getting ready for our 5K!ImageImage

Learning about the Rolling O lab from WeberImage

Is there really ever enough wine for 150 women?

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And here’s the video from the weekend!

Thank you to everyone who worked SO hard to put this successful weekend together! 

Oakley Love!

Top 12 Running Destinations in the US West

As I travel throughout the US, I continually find myself looking for places to run in new cities.  Thank you to Runner’s World magazine for compiling a list of the Top 12 places to run in the US West.

Boise, Idaho
Explore the 30-some miles of shaded trails along the Boise River or the clean streets of downtown Boise

Boulder, Colorado
Cliff hangers, cowboys, dark pine forests and open meadows — you’ll see it all in Boulder
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Local motto: “Oxygen is overrated; just keep running!”

Denver, Colorado
This mile-high gem for runners gives a whole new spin to altitude training

Durango, Colorado
This mining town has lots of trails — and altitude — to tempt runners

Maui, Hawaii
The best places to stay, run, and race

Missoula, Montana
This is the best the Big Sky state has to offer — an outdoors enthusiast’s dream

San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s big-bridge bookends, eclectic high-rise skyline, sailboat-filled bay, and sweeping Pacific Ocean backdrop make this city arguably the most stunning of all

San Luis Obispo, California
This town calls itself “a feast for the senses” — find out why

Santa Barbara, California
Running through Santa Barbara consists of beautiful scenery.

Santa Monica, California
Orange groves abound in this scenic beachside city.

Visit Seattle, Washington
Rain? What rain? The weather–and the running–are more than okay in the Emerald City

 

I’ve crossed off 7 of the 12…how many destinations have sweat in?

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!


Oakley Progression Sessions – Mammoth

This weekend, I had the opportunity to go check out Oakley‘s Progression Sessions at their 3rd stop – Mammoth Mountain.  This two-day all girls (and all ages!) camp allowed some rad skiiers and boarders to come out and increase their skills, plus experience a true Oakley event.  A inspiring, personal growth weekend full of weather, smiles, swag, new friends, goggle bars and dance-offs.  Fighting the storm to get to Mammoth was rough, but once we all woke up to snow coming down at 3 inches per hour, we were stoked to go shred the new powder.

I was there to teach our morning yoga classes to the ladies.  Check out some photos from our stretching session before we hit the mountain:

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After the stretch, we spent ALL DAY on the mountain.  I am used to snowboarding with all dudes, so I was stoked to be out there with all women! Watching these girls from all over the world snowboarding/skiing together was such an inspirational, and super cool experience.  Thanks to the coaches Dominique Vallee, Marie-France Roy, Chanelle Sladics, Helene Olafsen, Kristi Leskinen, Lauren Perkins, Christine Savage, and Mary Walsh.  Even Greta Eliassen came out post-surgery on her knee with a bright smile and support!

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“You Got Skills” winner Sarah Dibblee…she had skills on and off of the mountain.  A true Oakley Woman.

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Yoga on Snowboards–TRUE SNOWGA!

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Myself and Oakley Ambassador, Katie Modisett

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We are all proud to say, we CAN shred with girls.

Check out the video from the weekend too!

Whats next?  Our last stop, at Loon Mountain.  See you ladies there!

xoxo,

Lacey Calvert

GrindTV Blog’s Interview with Lacey Calvert: Stretch to Shred

Check out GrindTV‘s interview with California Yoga Sport trainer, Lacey Calvert, and learn about how she got into yoga, her inspiration to start athletic training, & where she would want to spend the rest of her days practicing yoga… hint: its somewhere in Central America.

Professional Snowboarder, Shayne Pospisil, in Eagle pose during Lacey's yoga class held at Mimi's Cookie Bar

Here are some snippets of the GrindTV Blog article:


What steps did you take to get to where you are today? How did you get involved with Oakley?

It seems like with all my hard work and by following my heart, everything just keeps falling into place. I started my career post-college as an elementary school teacher and after a few years working in LA Unified, I realized that career path wasn’t for me. I began practicing yoga, and it became my true passion. Then, I had a friend ask me to teach yoga for some pro surfers in HB, and realized that my love for action sports and yoga could turn into a career. Word spread; I got more clients, branched out into snow, football, baseball and BMX.

California Yoga Sport was born after I saw how yoga can benefit these professional athletes. From there, I worked my butt off to get sponsors like Oakley Women and ZICO coconut water. I think when what you do and who you are represents a brand naturally, then opportunities like Oakley Women comes along. The brand represents myself as a female athlete and strong person, with some sweet shades.

What was behind your core idea of yoga specific for action sports athletes?

Because I grew up riding a board on snow and land, I can see how beneficial yoga can be for someone in this career. I make sure that whatever sport my client is involved in, I have tried before. That way I can feel what muscles in the body are used. Yoga allows lengthening and strengthening in the targeted muscles, and overall make you a stronger, better athlete.

What would you suggest to riders that want to get involved with yoga in their local spot? Just get a hold of one of your videos?
Definitely! I am in the process of making more videos to put online for riders to download, and while on the road this is great to keep in shape and cross train. But in the meantime, I suggest everyone to just go out and try all the different styles of yoga there is. Find one that feels good for you, and keep it up.

Lacey leading a donation yoga class at Mimi's Cookie Bar in Mammoth Lakes, California

Thank you GrindTV for the interview & great adventure in Mammoth Lakes, California! Also huge thanks to Mimi’s Cookie Bar for hosting such a great yoga class with world class athletes & professional snowboarders!

Want to learn more?! Feel free to get in touch with us!

California Yoga Sport’s Holiday Special

Getting ready for the holidays?  Get Healthy and Happy with our Holiday Special: 60 minute private yoga training AND a 50 minute personal health coaching consultation all for only $125. 

 

Send us an email to Lacey or Lindsea and get your the holidays kicked off right!

  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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4 Tips to Finding the Perfect Running Route

We are a lucky bunch here at California Yoga Sport due to the fact that we live in San Francisco & the Bay Area which lends itself to some pretty incredible running routes both inside and outside of the city. Most mornings I jog along the Embarcadero with epic views of the beautiful sunrise over the East Bay or on occasion I’ll head to the Great Highway for a run along the beach at sunset.

However, sometimes proximity is key to keeping up a regular outside running routine, especially if you don’t have the time to travel far from the homestead. In which case we have a few tips to finding a route that can be safe, challenging, and enjoyable in your area.

Follow these four tips and you’ll discover your neighborhood’s hidden gems in no time!

1. Sign up for Map My Run. This site has numerous features that will be helpful to any running routine & goal setting, but most importantly it allows you to map your runs so you can track your mileage as well as record your routes and add notes. Additionally, others share their favorite routes which you can try out for yourself! The features allow you to highlight if the run has hills, sidewalk surface, easy, medium, or hard, scenic. etc.. — that way you know what to expect. It provides direct feedback from your online peers about which ones are best for which type of running route you are looking for. This is a definite bookmark on our list for finding new and fun routes!

2. Drive around your neighborhood. Surprisingly enough driving around all of the side streets in your neighborhood is extremely helpful to discovering new routes. Get inspired as you check out the wide sidewalks one block over from the main road or the quiet districts surrounding your home base. Whenever I find myself in a new area on my way to dinner with friends I constantly check out the scenery to see if this would be a fitting running route in the city. San Francisco can be bustling in some spots, but quaint in others. Noe Valley lends itself to wide sidewalks, small hills, and quiet streets for running. Also the Embarcadero at sunrise or sunset is busy with fellow runners and even Market street in the early AM around 6:30-7:30AM is very pleasant if you want a more urban environment.

3. Asks your friends, gym buddies, or even your mailman! Everyone has their own routine and the best way to broaden yours is to simply ask! For instance, your mailman knows your neighborhood like the back of his hand and would know exactly which streets are busy vs. quiet or flatland versus hills hills hills. I’ve also found wonderful routes by asking my local gym staff for their recommendations or fellow runners while stopped for a stretch at a stoplight. Sometimes I even join them for a jog to wherever their destination may be if I feel their pace is comparable to mine. Make new friends and discover new paths. Plus its always more enjoyable to have a running buddy than to run alone!

4. Get lost! Some of my best and longest runs have been the ones I don’t plan ahead for.. I just run where the wind blows me. Most times the new environment re-energizes me helping me run further and faster. The joy of exploring unknown territory is both exciting and fun! Try it and see where the road leads you.. quite literally!

Need some more concrete running routes in the San Francisco Bay Area?! Email us and we’ll share some of our favorite paths around this city!