Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Passport to Prana

by Meghann on April 5, 2011

Have you ever heard of Passport to Prana?

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My friend Melissa had introduced me to it when I first moved to Tampa last month. It’s a cool pass, where – for $30 – you can enjoy a single class at all the participating yoga studios in the area.

As there are 25 participating studios in the Tampa Bay area, each class comes to just over a dollar a piece – assuming I attend a class at each each studio before the September 30th cut off. Sounds like a deal to me. ๐Ÿ™‚

It also sounded like a great pressure free way to try out all studios before deciding on a favorite.

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I took the card out for it’s first test run at the Lotus Pond Yoga Studio.

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I almost had to do a double take when I pulled in. The Lotus Pond Yoga Studio is basically a big, beautiful log cabin located in the middle of a residential neighborhood, behind a lake.

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It was so homey and welcoming. My first impression was a good one.

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Inside the studio was even more gorgeous. The room was so rustic and peaceful, I felt like I was on vacation practicing yoga, not just down the street.

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I took the 6:00pm Power Hour class and even though it was no Orlando Power Yoga, it was still a great class. The instructor was kind and welcoming and the class had a wonderful flow to it. I really got a good stretch, which was what my body needed.

If I ever need another nice, relaxing yoga practice, I’ll be sure to return to Lotus Pond. I also plan to visit it’s sister studio – Lotus Room – in the near future. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before class I had the brilliant idea to make a Vitatop Muffin/ Jelly/ Almond snack.

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I basically just smeared a Vitatop Muffin (BOGO at Publix until Friday!) with jelly and topped it with almonds. It was sweet an crunchy with a protein kick to it.

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Dinner wasn’t very pretty, but it was a pretty all american classic meal.

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Pork Chops were on sale at Publix this weekend and when I asked Derek if he preferred pork chops with apple or pork chops with honey mustard, he picked honey mustard.

I made a quick marinade of honey mustard, apple cider vinegar, ginger, garlic, and olive oil, then coated the pork chops with the mix and let it sit for 30 minutes.

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I wanted to give the pork chops a nice crust, but we are out of bread crumbs. I figured wheat bran would do the trick.

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A quick dip and the pork chops went straight in the frying pan.

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About 10 minutes on each side on high.

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Not pretty by any means, but they were tasty.

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With the pork chops I prepared corn on the cob in the oven.

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Which I shaved because eating actual corn on the cob isn’t as fun as it used to be. ๐Ÿ™‚

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And okra that Derek chopped and I pan fried with a little olive oil and Adobo seasoning mix.

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Piece of pumpernickel toast to complete it.

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For dessert I had a serving of coffee ice cream with a little granola.

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Derek and I are currently watching 127 Hours. Honestly, it’s not as good as I was expecting. It makes me a little sleepy.

Good Night!

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