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My First SUP Yoga Class

Take your yoga practice to a new level with SUP Yoga. | happyfitmama.com

Be like water. Go with the flow.

Remember a few weeks ago when I said I was in a yoga rut?

Well, I think I found my way out of it.

This past weekend I took my yoga practice out of the studio and into nature.

It was the best thing ever.

On Friday I decided to spontaneously sign up for a Sunset Yoga Hike through Bending Bodhi Yoga. It was a wicked hot and humid day but the evening was promising for a gorgeous sunset. What better way to kick off the weekend with a little hike and short yoga session looking over this beautiful world we live in?

Sunset Yoga Hike | happyfitmama.com

I want to end every day doing that!

On Sunday I attended my first SUP yoga class.

Not to spoil it but I’m kind of obsessed and want to do it every.single.day.

Being on a SUP wasn’t anything new to me. I’ve gone a few times before and have absolutely loved it. Ever since Hawaii Ron and I both have wanted to get boards. And Ron won’t let me forget that he did headstand on his board. Show off.

SUP headstand | happyfitmama.com

We had grand visions of our kids riding on the front of the boards just like all the kids do in Hawaii. Of course our kids would do that, right? But then we got home and realized that it sounded like a much better idea in our heads than in real life. Although now the idea is back in my head!

I signed up for the class through Bending Bodhi Yoga. They contracted Jana from SUP YO to do the class. Btw – what an awesome name for a company, right?

We started off with Jana giving us the details of how to get on the paddle board and how to use the paddle. We then paddled out into the harbor and after being told how to drop our anchors, set up a pod together before starting our yoga practice.

FYI – All photos from the practice are courtesy of SUP YO. SUP Yoga Balance | happyfitmama.com

Jana led about 65 minute yoga flow. We did up dog, down dog, warrior I and II, reverse warrior, sun salutations, bridge and other basic poses.

SUP Yoga Low Lunge | happyfitmama.com

The practice was slow and gentle because HELLO we are also trying to balance on the board. I was shocked to find that side plank was the hardest pose to hold. It was the only real time that I felt a sense of feeling like “OH NO I’M GOING IN!” Keeping one knee on the board was all I could muster. And there was no way I was getting my knee off the board!

SUP Yoga Reverse Plank | happyfitmama.com

I attempted crow and succeeded in getting my toes up for 2.2 seconds before face planting on the board. A few of the girls popped out headstand, which was so cool. I got one leg up and was too chicken to even try to put the other one up!

SUP Yoga Crow Pose | happyfitmama.com

So did I fall in? Surprisingly, no. A couple of the girls did and were able to pop back up on the board with no problems.

SUP Yoga Shoulder Stand | happyfitmama.com

I love yoga and how it makes me feel. But practicing yoga on a board in the ocean (or water in general) is simply marvelous.

The sound of lapping water and the gentle rocking motion of the waves. The warmth of the sun warming your skin. The gentle breeze cooling you off. It just doesn’t get any better than that.

SUP Yoga Wheel Pose | happyfitmama.com

We finished class and I could not stop smiling from ear to ear afterwards. I wanted to spend the whole day on the board enjoying the calmness of it all. I came home and promptly told Ron that I need a SUP board of my own. I see a whole lot of SUP Yoga in my future for the rest of the summer.

Fresh air and vitamin sea always does a body good. And it does wonders for a yoga practice too!

Have you done SUP Yoga?

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My Favorite Instagrammers

Find inspiration in running, yoga, fitness and food with My 10 Favorite Instagrammers. happyfitmama.com

It’s no secret that my fav form of social media is Instagram. Pretty pictures. Inspiring people. Yummy food. Cute animals. It’s got it all!

The majority of Instagrammers that I follow are runners. But I also like to mix it up with yogi’s, foodies, Cross Fit enthusiasts, animal lovers and anything else that strikes my fancy.

If you are looking for running, yoga or food inspiration this is for you. Just right click on the pic to take you to these fabulous Instagrammers accounts and follow away!

MtnRunr
Maybe because I’ve found a love for trails and wish I could run on them more, but trail and ultra runners have taken over my Insta feed. The beauty of mountains, lakes, dirt…it’s all I want to see!

Crazy Mother Runners
Maybe because I want to be BFF’s with all of these ladies. I need to find my own pack of crazy mother runners to have a picnic with on a rock.

CYU888
I love Christine’s writing but her pics – Amazingly beautiful. She inspires me to post better yoga pics. And her latest trip to Banff – my need to go back there has grown!

SisuGirls
Grit. Determination. That’s what the Finnish word, sisu, roughly translates to. Where I grew up in Michigan, there is a strong presence of Finnish descendants. In fact, Ron is Finnish, too. When I found this Insta account, I immediately loved it. The world needs more Sisu Girls!

Runners Love Yoga
Ann does monthly yoga Insta challenges that specifically target runners. Not only is she a serious competitive runner, she’s got her Ph.D in English.

Stop, drop, and yoga #postrun. (For real! You'll feel a little better!) #RunnersLoveYoga #doyogarunfaster

A photo posted by Ann M. (@runnersloveyoga) on

TallensJourney
I’m no triathlete but I love following Tonya’s Insta. Bright, colorful and just plain fun!

FitFoodieFinds
A little fitness and a whole lot of yummy, better for you food. I’d like to face plant in all of Lee’s food pics.

If I could just eat this the rest of my life…Banana Soft Serve + Protein PB Cups = <3 #comingsoon

A photo posted by Lee Hersh (@fitfoodiefinds) on

larisa_elaine
This former NH Runner headed west and really makes me want to do the same thing. Her trail pics are amazing. And she’s a pretty rad runner too.

Let yourself by silently drawn by the stronger pull of what you really love.

A photo posted by Larisa Elaine Dannis (@larisa_elaine) on

Shannon Dempsey
You can always count on Shannon to be #runmatchy for every run. I mean, how cute is that outfit?!?!

Round The World Girl

Beautiful travel pictures that make me want to go everywhere in this big wide world.

Breakfast in bed. Fueled by @powerbar #powerbar #proteinshake #sp

A photo posted by Elise 🚁 (@roundtheworldgirl) on

And don’t forget to follow me! :)

Btw – High 5 to Amanda (an awesome Instagrammer herself!) for reminding me that I had never posted anything about my favorite Instagrammers before. Thanks girl!

Who are your favorite Instagrammers?

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Camping, Beaches and Sunsets

Sunset on the Cape happyfitmama

Monday is here again. Why does it always come up so quickly?

I had a great long weekend away at the Cape with the family. We lucked out in finding a last minute camping site at Nickerson State Park in Brewster. I wished we could’ve stayed longer but even a few days was enough to recharge, relax and enjoy the days of summer. I want to keep the marvelous vibes going!

Marvelous is…Camping. Remember back in April when I shared all the awesome new camping gear Kohl’s carries? We finally got to put it to use. It was the kid’s first time “for real” camping and they loved it! They rode their bikes everywhere, made a new friend from the campsite next to us, and enjoyed sleeping in the tent. Which btw – the room divider in the tent is awesome. Ron and I could stay up later and not have to worry about crawling over them and waking them up when we went to bed.

Coleman Tent Camping happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…Having a running buddy. I knew my kid’s would wake up early. They do no matter what. But with sunrise at 5 a.m., as soon as it was light, their eyes popped open and were ready to go. However, quiet hours were until 7 a.m. So I changed into my running clothes and grabbed a partner to ride along with me. The campground has an awesome paved trail system throughout the park so we had plenty of open space away from campers. I wish we had a longer trail system like this back at home. I’d always have company!

Early morning running and riding | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…Miles and miles of beach. The beaches on the Cape are spectacular. The sand, the dunes, the water. There’s so much beauty. We went to Skaket Beach one day and were amazed at how far the tide goes out. We could walk out at least one mile or more before we actually had water over our ankles. The kid’s got new Boogie Boards for their birthday and had hours of entertainment with them. Best purchase ever! We all had a blast finding little sea creatures and even found a horseshoe crab that was so old it had barnacles all over it.

Skaket Beach | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…Sunsets over the water. You know I love a good sunrise. But a sunset. Over the water. Amazing. It was definitely a stop and soak in all the beauty kind of evening.

Cape Cod Sunset happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…Running to the beach. I had to go back to the beach in the morning after I spied the perfect little path that went to the marsh. I ran on that for a little bit before going to the sand. There’s just about an empty beach in the early morning. It’s one of my favorite things.

Morning beach run | happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…Ice cream and sprinkles. I’m usually not a fan of sprinkles but at that moment they sounded good. And I’m glad I went that route because everything tastes 1000x better at the beach.

Sprinkled Ice Cream happyfitmama.com

Marvelous is…A great family weekend away.

Sunset happyfitmama.com

How was your weekend?

Would you rather spend the weekend at the beach or the mountains?Β 

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