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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?

Leave your Instagram handle in the comments so we can follow you!

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30 Minute No Equipment Needed Workout

Find your strong with this 30 minute plyometric inspired workout to enhance your running. | happyfitmama.com

When I first started blogging, my intent was to share workouts often. In the past year or so, I’ve let that slip. So I give you – New Year, New Workouts! Hopefully, I’ll remember to share my workouts at least a couple times a month.

Even though I haven’t had a gym membership in 5+ years, I’m still working out at home. I have weights, a BOSU, Med Balls, Kettlebells, bands, treadmill and a bike trainer. I personally don’t think you need a gym membership to stay in shape. It’s nice to have, but I don’t think you need fancy equipment, either.

Whether you are working out in a gym or at home, it’s always a good idea to mix things up. Doing the same exercises day after day is boring. And most likely you aren’t seeing any difference in your strength or endurance. Keep your workout fresh by changing it up often.

January can be a bit of a downer month – it’s cold, it’s gray outside and the holidays are over. You know what you need? Some good ol’ fashioned exercise. It really is a wonder drug. Release some kick ass happy endorphins with this 30 minute cardio Jumpin’ routine. It’s a no equipment needed workout!

Try this 30 minute no equipment needed workout for a quick total body burst of exercise. happyfitmama.com

You may have noticed that there’s quite a bit of plyometrics work in this workout.

When I was discharged from physical therapy back in November, my PT wanted me to concentrate on plyometrics at least one workout a week (preferably a non running day). If you look at running, it’s essentially jumping from one foot to the other.

Ahem – plyometrics.

Plyometrics are fast, explosive movements that strengthen muscles, improve cardiovascular health, improve balance and boost metabolism. When you incorporate plyometrics into your routine, you’ll find you’ll be able to turn your legs over faster which means faster running times. Sounds good, right?

Plyometrics are quite demanding and require a strong foundation of balance, core strength, and stability. Be sure to do strength training and other injury prevention exercises to keep your body balanced. As always, listen to your body!

I’m linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday!
For more workout ideas, check out my Pinterest board.
Disclaimer: Always consult your physician before beginning an exercise program.