Sunday, July 8, 2012

Yoga in the Park

by Meghann on July 8, 2012

I do not take advantage of free yoga nearly enough in this city.

I’m not sure why, there are some good ones to choose from. Lululemon offers a free class every Saturday morning and it’s great. It’s late enough in the morning where you can get a good run in before hand and you can window shop while practicing. Win. Win.

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While you start your weekend at Lululemon, you can end it with Yoga Downtown Tampa. Every Sunday evening they offer a free yoga class at Curtis Hixon Park. If the weather’s right you can practice on the greens with 50 or so of your closest yoga friends. Despite being in the middle of the city, it’s an oddly serene and peaceful setting.

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I feel like I’ve been promising myself an evening at Yoga in the Park for months now, but the problem with the Sunday class is that, even if I’m in back in town or have nothing planned at the time of the class, that’s usually my “lazy time” and I don’t feel like driving anywhere. I mean, that tends to be the case if I’ve had a big weekend. However, since I’ve done nothing but mainly sit on my butt all day, this Sunday felt like fair game.

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I arrived early with book in hand and spent 30 minutes reading on my yoga mat. I need to escape to the park more often to read; it was very soothing and the perfect way to relax before yoga.

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Having a buddy helped get my butt to class, too. Stephanie and I were talking up yoga on our bike ride yesterday, I think we both needed it after those hot and sweaty miles.

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Steph and I had been texting back and forth about weather before I left. Clouds were starting to roll in on my side of town and I was afraid we would get rained out of our practice. Steph said there was still no rain in downtown, but the forecast wasn’t in our favor for 6:00pm.

We both considered bailing in fear of a wash out, but a quick scan of the Facebook page informed us that in the event of rain, yoga would be moved under the overhang of the museum. That was all we needed to read, knowing there was a rain back-up plan we both decided it was worth the risk to check it out.

And it’s a good thing there was a back-up plan because at 6:00pm on the dot, there was rain. And, you know what? We all moved under the overhang. No big deal.

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The yoga class lasted just under an hour and was exactly what I needed. It pulled me, it stretched me, and it challenged me beyond my current yoga skills. Again, why don’t I take advantage of these free classes more often?

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If you’re in the Tampa area, the free classes sponsored by Yoga Downtown Tampa are open to everyone. They’re every Sunday evening at 6:00pm in Curtis Hixon Park. :)

Backing up to the rest of the day…

Lunch was pretty fantastic.

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I sauteed some tempeh with kale and bbq sauce, then used that as a sandwich filler with the herby Boars Head cheese I had picked up on Friday.

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Talk about yum! I think it was the cheese that pulled everything together. ;)

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On the side I made some rutabaga fries with ketchup.

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Derek and I had a few errands to run this afternoon. One of which was to check-in with a couple of suit places in town in regards to groomsmen attire for the wedding. I’ll have to expand more on that on the Wedding Page this week, but it’s another one of those where we’re still researching our options to get an idea on what’s out there. We’re not going the “traditional” route on this one, which makes our vision a little more difficult to pursue, but not impossible. We’ll see.

I had some mango with walnuts before yoga.

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And Derek helped with dinner after.

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Whole wheat pasta with lentils, carrots, onion, kale, and fresh parmesan.

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Licorice for dessert.

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(Twizzlers are better ;))

It’s going to be a crazy week, better soak up the rest of the weekend while I can.

Good Night!   

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Cherry Crumble Smoothie

July 8, 2012

Yes, I went there. I’ve actually been thinking about this one for a while. I originally thought about adding the rest of the Cherry Crumble to a milkshake, but a smoothie works too. I love adding frozen cherries to smoothies, so why wouldn’t a crumble work just as well? This morning I added the rest more ยป

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