Saturday, April 16, 2011

Rasa-Lila Fest

by Meghann on April 16, 2011

Over 8 hours of Yoga, Sun, and Friends? I think that pretty much sums of my day in a nut shell. ๐Ÿ™‚

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I had heard about Rasa-Lila Fest months ago from Kristen, who was planning on attending with a few friends. All she had to say was ‘all day outdoor yoga festival’ and I was sold. I was pumped with not only attending the festival, but getting to spend the day with a great group of new friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Festival brought every yoga studio in the Tampa Bay area together for one day of peace, love and yoga. It was a great opportunity to get a little taste of what each studio has to offer.

This morning I met the gang at the campsite where the festival was being held and got straight to work setting up ‘home base.’

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Have you ever put a tent up before? Yeah, neither had we.

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30 minutes later we had this.

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We were proud it was standing, never mind one strong wind gust would have knocked it down. It got the job done. ๐Ÿ™‚

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From 10:00 – 5:00pm the festival had a yoga class going every hour on the hour. It was a great schedule, you could come and go taking yoga as you please while still getting to enjoy everything the festival had to offer.

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We divided and conquered. Settling on three yoga classes every other hour we wanted to try.

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Our first Yoga class of the day was a Power Flow Class from Trinity Yoga Studio. It was a nice quick flow to loosen our bodies for the rest of the day.

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We had a few snacks post-yoga.

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Then headed to our next adventure.

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Not Kayoga (though that sounded cool!) we wanted to give the paddle boards a go instead.

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The paddle boards were a little different than the ones I tried in Orlando. They were wobbly and not as dry. I wouldn’t call them Paddle Board Yoga material, but they were fun for a quick spin around the lake. ๐Ÿ™‚

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The festival had a great vendor area set up showcasing different businesses in the area.

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I didn’t buy anything, but did have a blast talking to all the yoga studios in the area! I collected enough free class vouchers to last at least another month!

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I was a little disappointed in the food vendor selection. There were a couple of options, but nothing too exciting.

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I ended up ordering a Veggie Wrap from a restaurant in St. Pete that had a booth.

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It was a little soggy from sitting in the dressing, but it was tasty.

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I also helped Val finish off her Buckwheat Waffle with Berries. Now THOSE were good. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After lunch we headed to Yoga Class #2.

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Jivamukti Yoga with Happy Buddha was amazing. It was a great power class that focused on strength. The instructor was amazing and really hands on. I want to give the studio a try in person sometime this week.

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Practicing yoga outside is really dirty. I think I need a new mat now.

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Yeah, definitely need a new mat. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A clementine snack between classes.

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And our final class of the day.

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A Hatha Flow from The Lotus Room.

It was a little longer than the other classes (an hour and a half), but it was a nice one to end the day on. By this point my body was exhausted and needed something soothing.

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The day ended and I headed home with sore arms, legs, and a really relaxed back. Also, a starving tummy!

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I made some quick sweet potato hash browns, that Derek topped with eggs and salsa.

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Simple, delicious, and cheap.

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with a reheated Garlic knot on the side.

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1/2 a brownie plus chocolate ice cream for dessert

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Who knew a day of yoga was so tiring, I’m about to crash on the laptop keys.

Good Night!

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