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San Francisco Airport: SFO is easy, healthy and green?!

Have you been to terminal 2 yet in the San Francisco International Airport?  I usually travel through United or Southwest Airlines, but this week I got the privilege of flying Virgin Airlines, which brought me to Terminal 2.

First thing that I saw, the entire T.S.A. staff was smiling.  I thought I was in the twilight zone.  Airport employees SMILING?  Seemed ironic.  But that wasn’t the only eye-opening thing that I saw.

After exiting through security, I looked up and squealed.  This is what I saw, in real life…

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The bright blue lights and silence of the area quickly enticed my yoga blood.  I picked up my stuff and walked right in.  The small room is extremely blissful and completely empty.  After rushing to the airport in SF traffic, this little room quickly brought me to ease.  The temperature is perfect, the colors are warm and most importantly, it was EMPTY.  I did my routine, closed my eyes for a second and felt relaxed.  I chatted with an employee, and she let me know that it often stays pretty empty.  Needless to say, I believe that I now have a private yoga room every time I fly from Terminal 2.

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After my flow, I needed to grab some grub before my flight.  I’m used to my normal routine; grab a water, some trail mix and hit the ground running to my gate.  To my surprise (the day was full of them), I walked into Napa Farms Market, about 100 yards from the yoga room.  The places was unreal.  All organic, local food with a full Fresh Rotisserie and Sandwich bar.  You can even buy fresh fruit and salads to go…who would have thought!

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My snacks…Lydia’s Organic Kale Chips and Evolution Super Green Drink.

 

You have really cleaned yourself up, SFO.  I am impressed that you have transformed to target healthy travelers, and I thank you. 

I WILL BE BACK!

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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!
 

Yoga for Runners with Lacey Calvert

Check out California Yoga Sport‘s latest Webisode on Yoga For Runners!

After long or spring training runs the body needs to strrreeeetch out. The above video walks you through trainer, Lacey Calvert’s, yoga demonstrations & posture suggestions to relieve pain & tension in overused running muscles. Yoga is a great way to help reduce the after run burn you experience, stretch out tense muscle groups, and will definitely add balance to your heavy cardio regimen.

Find out more how Yoga can help your running in this Runner’s World Article, Running and Yoga go Hand-in-Hand.

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

Also, be sure to tell us what videos you’d like to see more of to help with your athletic training needs! Triathlete, cyclist, surfer, snowboarder… you name it & we’ll be sure to give you some fool proof yoga plans to help balance your body out!

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!!!

Strength & Beauty is something that comes from within, not at a gym.

Creating the Yoga Habit: 7 Steps to Beginning a Regular Practice


Recently I have found myself revisiting one of my favorite blogs for a refresher on how to keep life simple. With January coming to an end & some of my new years resolutions taking a back seat to a busy work schedule it seems as if I have lost the steam I had when the New Year was upon us.

Zen Habits is one of these best blogs that I have found to find ways to improve my personal, professional, & social life through basic understanding of forming, maintaining, & creating new healthy habits. Some of my favorite posts by Leo Babauta are Creating Silence from Chaos, 9 Mindfulness Rituals to Make Your Day Better, & most recently A Compact Guide to Fitness. The last article mentioned has spurred this post as well as Leo’s simple structuring of blog posts has also inspired me to keep this as basic for you as it comes.

Creating the Yoga Habit

1. Plan ahead. Schedule yourself to attend 4-5 classes a week & carve out time in your busy week to stick to it.

2. Make it Social. Have friends join you or meet up at class so that there is a social element to your practice.

3. Pick a studio that is close to work or your home. Having immediate access will increase your likelihood to attend classes regularly.

4. If you are a beginner, we promise it gets better. Day after day, year after year, decade after decade. Your mat will always be there, however it needs you to come to the practice to do the work.

5. Tell yourself you love it. Its all mental, so allow yourself to enjoy the practice or at least trick yourself into thinking that. Soon the pain of the intense stretches & the umpteenth Downward Dog will no longer kill your shoulders. We promise.

6. Give it 3-4 weeks to stick. You will soon realize you can’t live without it.

7. Make it a priority. No backing down or making excuses. Truly devote a month to making this habit stick!

Zen Travel: Yoga Studio + Airport = #BigWin for Traveling Yogis

Travel & Yoga. What a perfect combination. Venturing to far off lands. Deepening your understanding of your surroundings with the soothing & powerful practice of Yoga. But what if it was Business Travel & Yoga. The Yin & Yang of two opposite worlds colliding. Stress coupled with the intense yearning for physical & mental relaxation.

Yoga Room Signage in San Francisco International Airport

Relax passengers between flights? Help them find balance in the crazy world of travel? How wonderful!,” said nurse consultant Anya Clowers of JetwithComfort.com.

Traveling, let along business travel, is far from an easy trip..literally. The anxiety of long security lines, impatient passengers, babies crying, five hour nonstop flights, the dreaded middle seat, & the constant entrapment in your 17″ space. One particular airport in CYS’s own backyard, San Francisco International Airport, has pioneered the first yoga studio in Terminal 2 for travelers looking to get their Om on before, between, or after flights.

SFO Terminal 2 Yoga Room

Not that the strange looks from fellow travelers were enough to stop California Yoga Sport from whipping out a headstand before a long flight, however now traveling yogis can enjoy a quiet peaceful space to unroll their mats & zen out for a moment before their connection.

CYS understands the extreme benefits that yoga can have on an aching traveling body & want you to get the most out of that 15-30 minute layover to help stretch you out, not stress you out.

Try these few postures during your next flight, whether at SFO’s yoga room or at any Gate, to increase blood flow to those much needed areas.

Seated Forward Fold

Seated Forward Fold – Helps to relieve stress in the neck, lessons tension in the hips and lower back caused by lengthy sitting.

Inhale, stretch your arms out in front of you. Fold your hands and interlace your fingers, then exhale and stretch your arms up overhead. Draw the inner groins deep into the pelvis. Inhale, and keeping the front torso long & your fingers still interlaced, lean forward from the hip joints, not the waist. Lengthen the tailbone away from the back of your pelvis. Always lengthen the front torso into the pose, keeping your head raised. If you are holding the feet, bend the elbows out to the sides and lift them away from the floor. Take several deep breaths with your mouth closed or aim to hold for a minute or so. Then inhale and release the whole stretch on an exhale. Repeat. (If you are up in the air, try the first part of the stretch by folding your hands interlacing the fingers & stretching your arms over head, reverse your hands to face palms out & in to help with blood flow).

Seated Back Stretch -Helps stretch the back of your body.

Grab your knees with your hands. On an exhalation, pull against your knees with your hands, curl forward, rounding your spine and pushing your back into the back of your seat (if you are on the flight be sure the seat-back tray in front of you is up!). Drop your head forward and press your chin into your chest. Pull your shoulders up around your ears and round them forward, tighten the belly, pull your heels back toward the bottom of your seat and lift your toes. Feel the stretch all the way from your shoulders to your feet. Repeat.

Seated Spinal Twist

Seated Spinal Twist -Helps to stretch and strengthen the sides of the body.

Put your right ankle on your left knee in a cross-legged position. Inhale deeply and grab your right knee with your left hand. Lean forward slightly and take hold of the arm rest to your right with your right hand, then exhale deeply and twist as far as you can to the right. Inhale again and as you exhale, pull with your left hand and reach your right arm up in the air. Push your right shoulder back, and look back over your right shoulder. Pull your belly in and take three big conscious breaths with your mouth closed. Repeat.

Pigeon Pose –Helps stretch the thighs, groins, psoas, abdomen, chest, shoulders, & neck. Plus it feels damn good!

Slide your right knee forward to the back of your right wrist; at the same time angle your right shin under your torso and bring your right foot to the front of your left knee. The outside of your right shin will now rest on the floor. Slowly slide your left leg back, straightening the knee and descending the front of the thigh to the floor. Lower the outside of your right buttock to the floor. Position the right heel just in front of the left hip. Hold for several breaths & switch sides.

*Good thing there’s an App for that! Check out Yoga Journals’ iPractice App available for the Iphone/Ipad to help guide you through a sequence of yoga postures.

NYT Article on Yoga & Traveling

Be sure to try out any or all of these yoga postures to stretch & strengthen either mid flight or mid trip next time you find yourself on a plane or in SFO’s new Yoga Room. We know that for us here at California Yoga Sport this type of amenity now offered at airports could be a #BigWin for the yoga community & create greater awareness of people’s desire for health, wellness, & relaxation in anxiety filled environments such as airports.

Namaste Terminal 2

Yoga Journal Conference San Francisco 2012 In Review

Four days. 12+ hours of yoga. Over 2,000 yogis from all over the world. And one unforgettable weekend at the Yoga Journal Conference 2012 hosted at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, California. As our bodies continue to recover from the yogic bliss that we enjoyed this weekend we can’t help but celebrate the amazing things we learned throughout all of the wonderful workshops & reflect on the amazing experiences from the conference. Enjoy our journey through the weekend as we dug deep into our hips, uncoiled our spines, & expanded our energy centers in new exciting directions!

CYS Highlights from the YJ Conference:

Morning Meditation with Kate Holcombe , President & Founder of the Healing Yoga Foundation.

Your intention & attention need to be sincere.

Through friendliness, strength & power comes.

The Edge of Playfulness instructed by Baron Baptiste

Watch Lacey Calvert on  stage with Baron Baptiste demonstrating a full wheel to camel pose transition! Great work Lacey!

Author of the NY Times Best Seller, The Four Desires, Rod Stryker lectures on discovering your true Dharma.

Yoga is a means to elevate our sensitivity and awareness of our dharmic code, our one true purpose.

The ultimate question everyone asks themselves: What’s Next?

Thank you Yoga Journal for an amazing conference & weekend full of light, yoga, & love!