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Oakley Progression Sessions – Loon Mountain

Oakley’s Progression Sessions hit their last stop this past weekend at Loon Mountain.  Ending where it all started, the Loon group of riders, coaches and staff park ended the four stop all-girls snowboard camp with a bang.  I felt so lucky to be apart of this amazing experience, and thanks to Loon, Jenny Earnshaw, Kirsten Beninato, and the coaches: Mary Walsh, Marie-France Roy, Lauren Perkins, Gretchen Bleiler, Ellery Hollingsworth, Christine Savage, Chanelle Sladics, Silvia Mittermüller, and Kristi Leskinen.

Morning yoga with 80 girls!  They rocked it and we had so much fun.

Head Coach Mary Walsh and her crew of shredders

The park set up was so much fun with the soft snow, and coach Lauren Perkins showing the girls the skills.

With Spring riding conditions, we even had a snowcone machine! ZICO coconut water snowcones anyone?

Oyster shots with Coach Ellery Hollingsworth..love her!

Final dinner with coaches and crew!  Wish that this pictures could have turned out better, but thanks to each and every one of you for such an amazing event.

Cheers to next year!

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!

Yoga + Snow = “Snowga”

Since the age of two I have spent every winter on the slopes. Starting out as a skier, my focus soon changed to Snowboarding. Now in my mid-twenties, I have made snowboarding something I do to get away from real life. When my real life became too out of control and the weather gods enabled me from heading to the hills, I turned to yoga.

After two winters of merging yoga with snowboarding, I started to see that these two hobbies worked together more than I realized.

Snowboarding requires balance and muscle strength to guide riders around the         mountain as well as flexibility in the joints to endure the fearless jumps and tricks.

With winter in full force, California Yoga Sport recommends a standing yoga series to those headed for the slopes. We refer to this blending of sports as Snowga. So get out your long underwear, build yourself a fire and try these poses before jumping on your board:

  • Begin in Mountain pose at the front of your mat. Inhale and lift up your arms. Exhale and come into Standing Forward Bend.
  • Inhale to look up and lengthen your spine. Exhale, step back to high plank, lower to low plank.
  • Inhale your chest forward into Upward Facing Dog and exhale, lift your hips, coming into Downward Facing Dog.
  • Inhale, stepping your right foot forward, coming into Warrior 1. Hold here for five breaths.
  • On your next inhale, open your hips, arms, and chest to Warrior 2. After five breaths, come into Open Triangle for another  ive breaths.
  • Inhale to lift the torso up and exhale to bend your front knee, coming into Extended Side Angle or bind underneath the right thigh (the right hand holds the left wrist).
  • After five breaths, release both hands to the floor, bringing your right shoulder underneath your right thigh. Shift your weight forward, lifting your back leg off the ground, coming into One-Legged Arm Balance. Hold for one breath (or more if you can), and then kick both legs back, coming into High to Low Plank series.
  • Inhale your chest forward into Upward Facing Dog, and exhale, lift your hips, coming into Downward Facing Dog.
  • Repeat this sequence on the left side.

Good luck and GO SHRED!
-CYS 2011