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A New Flow

by Meghann on April 19, 2011

New Goal: Master scorpion pose without the aide of a wall.

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So. Close.

Give me a month. I’ll get there! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I had quite the adventurous afternoon/ evening!

Beginning with the discovery of the cutest little cafe in Hyde Park.

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As I was departing my original coffee shop location this afternoon (the one with the bad iced coffee) I saw signs for the newly opened Amelie’s French Bakery across the street. It was the perfect, cozy little spot to set up shop for the remainder of my work day.ย ย I loved the living room feel inside.

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They also had a delicious pastry spread (plus free samples!) that pulled me in. I was really tempted by the chocolate croissant, but chose a buttery cookie instead.

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With an (overpriced) tea.

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Pure bliss. I’ll be back. Don’t worry. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I finished up just before 7:00 and headed to Yogani to meet Kristin and Chrissie for a new yoga class.

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Usually I’m a power yoga girl. I like yoga classes where I get a great stretch, while feeling the burn. I like them fast, strong, and hard. The quicker the flow, the better.

However, tonight I tried something different.

Prana Flow
Description:
This class draws its roots from Shiva Reaโ€™s strong Prana Flowโ„ข System. Each class is developed and sequenced to build you to a peak posture using classical alignment and deep foundations to ignite the Agni (internal fire) within you. Flowing postures and breath are woven together in stages to bring your postures to life with fluid body vinyasas, rhythmic vinyasas and heartfelt pulsations. As we dive into the subtle body, the pancha vayus (5 winds) and the 7 Chakras (wheels) will be introduced. Room temperature will be about 80-85 degrees.

I wasn’t 100% sure what to expect, but this class was definitely a change from any other yoga class I’ve taken. It had a big emphasis on pulsating breathing, grace, and strength. Yoga became a dance as we worked ourselves 360 degrees around the mat. It was amazing. I found myself struggling to keep up and unable to hold a few poses. The sign of a good yoga class.

Sometimes it’s fun to step out of the box and tonight reminded me there is so much yoga out there I have yet to explore. I racked up quite a few free yoga classes through Rasa Lila Fest and I’m now excited to use those free passes towards new classes I’ve never tried before. It will be fun to see what else is out there! ๐Ÿ™‚

Yoga got out late. Kristin, Chrissie, and I headed straight to Soho Sushi to feed our empty bellies.

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I started with the traditional ginger salad.

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And ordered myself two delicious rolls.

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The fresh Tuna roll was, well, fresh, light, and airy.

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The Sweet Potato Tempura Roll, however, was the scene stealer. Delicious.

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I had an Attune Bar to satisfy my nightly sweet tooth when I got home.

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It was a fun evening, but I can’t believe how late it is now. Time sure does fly when you’re having fun!

Good Night!

1 River April 19, 2011 at 11:07 pm

Yum that ginger salad looks so good!
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2 Kaitlyn @ 7 Plates April 19, 2011 at 11:17 pm

There really ARE so many types of yoga. I would have never guessed that until I took my first yoga class recently… I’m hooked ๐Ÿ™‚
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3 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 19, 2011 at 11:19 pm

mmm that sushi looks delish!

congrats with the scorpion post you really are almost there! so impressive! ๐Ÿ™‚
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4 Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food April 19, 2011 at 11:20 pm

I’m definitely a power yoga/sweaty yoga type of girl too so maybe I should branch out as well! So hard to when you have a favorite! ๐Ÿ˜›

5 Ashley April 19, 2011 at 11:22 pm

The food looks delicious! I’m super jealous of that scorpion pose, you’ll be wall-less in no time.

6 Lauren @ Team Giles April 19, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Way to rock that yoga pose! You look like a professional yogi!

I like trying new yoga classes too, I find that it helps me stay out of a yoga rut, that I can so easily get in.

7 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing April 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Whoa — Scorpion! (Is it weird that the association I have with that name is Mortal Kombat?) Nice work! ๐Ÿ™‚
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8 michelle April 19, 2011 at 11:31 pm

That yoga pose looks so hard!
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9 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife April 19, 2011 at 11:34 pm

I love yoga! I like good flow, awesome holds, and a nice sweat. Love your sweet potato roll idea–I hope to find some place that offers that!!

10 Amy April 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

This post was inspiring for those (like myself) who have been hesitant to jump into the yoga world. I always feel like such a newb and I that prevents me trying new things.
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11 Fit Chick Britt April 19, 2011 at 11:57 pm

You look beautiful holding that pose! I bet you can do it on your own soon. Everyones been eating sushi and I want some!!
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12 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday April 19, 2011 at 11:58 pm

I’ve just recently mastered headstand without the wall. I’ve never even tried scorpion. How do you get into that pose?

13 Shannon April 20, 2011 at 12:15 am

That yoga pose looks crazy! Good luck with it!
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14 Liv April 20, 2011 at 12:20 am

Nice moves!

I love sweet potato rolls. They’re a must-order when I get sushi.

And you’re so lucky to have so many coffee shops in your area! I love seeing a new one every day ๐Ÿ™‚
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15 sarah (sarah learns) April 20, 2011 at 12:26 am

you look like a pro in scorpion already! your new coffee-shop/bakery looks great! i love hearing about the new places you discover!
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16 Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles April 20, 2011 at 12:28 am

Oh goodness! Look at that scorpion – I’m impressed! ๐Ÿ™‚

17 Sana April 20, 2011 at 12:30 am

Sushiiii! You will get that yoga pose ;)!
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18 Shannon April 20, 2011 at 12:43 am

Awesome pose. I am craving getting back into yoga. School is done for my on May 6th for 4 months. I’m thinking about doing a 30 day yoga challenge sometime this summer. I just need to make sure there are studios where I’ll be spending those 30 days ๐Ÿ™‚
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19 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 20, 2011 at 2:21 am

Awesome yoga pose. I am not even close ๐Ÿ˜€
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20 Jen April 20, 2011 at 7:15 am

Ha that’s so weird I actually just found Amelie’s last night online when I was searching for a place in Tampa that sells macaroons. Looks like a really cute place!

21 Christine @ Burning It Off April 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

Cool pose! I wish my gym offered better/more advanced yoga classes.
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22 Holly @ The Runny Egg April 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

My back hurts just looking at scorpion pose. I need to really work on my core obviously. I’d love to be able to do that.
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23 Ally April 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

That looks very fun!
I would, however, encourage you to proofread your posts. I like your blog, but do find the typos a turn-off.
I know no one really likes constructive criticism, but it would really enhance your blog. You obviously put a lot of work into it, and a quick proof would really polish it.

24 Ally April 20, 2011 at 7:58 am

That looks very fun!
I would, however, encourage you to proofread your posts. I like your blog, but do find the typos a turn-off.
I know no one really likes constructive criticism, but it would really enhance your blog. You obviously put a lot of work into it, and a quick proof would really polish it.

25 Morgan April 20, 2011 at 8:01 am

You look like a yogi, that’s fantastic! Wall or not, you should be so proud!
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26 Hope April 20, 2011 at 8:08 am

Wow, look at that yoga pose! I don’t think I would ever be able to do that! Haha!

Sushi looks tasty! I need to find someone who will go for sushi with me. ๐Ÿ™‚ No one likes it.
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27 Rae April 20, 2011 at 9:17 am

The salad looks tasty ๐Ÿ™‚ And scorpion pose? Nice. I suppose I’ll get there one day ๐Ÿ˜‰ My yoga instructor is always encouraging us to try new varieties, I’m not willing yet though to step out of my box ๐Ÿ˜‰
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28 Kristin @ FoodFash April 20, 2011 at 9:20 am

Luckily there were no pictures taken of my flailing… I have 10 more classes to use up, let me know when you want to go again!
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29 Faith @ lovelyascharged April 20, 2011 at 11:07 am

You’ve been to shin sushi in Orlando, right? Their sweet potato tempura rolls blows me away every time!
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30 Kacy April 20, 2011 at 11:23 am

I love sweet potato rolls!
Yoga is amazing like that, always finding new ways to inspire you.

31 Nicole April 20, 2011 at 12:53 pm

No judging, but just curious how you afford to eat out as often as you do!

32 Meghann April 20, 2011 at 3:01 pm

That’s a good question. Usually I like to pride myself on not eating out often, but lately it has gotten out of hand. Let’s see, just since Friday I ate dinner out with Derek (using a Gift Certificate), had lunch from a food cart (the wrap was $5), ate lunch at a burger joint with Derek, and had sushi last night with the girls. Not good. Not good. I do have a $15 per week coffee shop budget in place that I tend to be really good at sticking with, but the pricier fancy drinks are starting to effect my waist line. I need to tie in the spending reins ASAP.

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