The third and final day of the Fit Foodie Race Weekend consisted of our choice of a yoga class or boot camp, followed by a brunch. At first I was a little sad to be the only Ambassador who didn’t sign up for the boot camp, but yoga is WAY more my thing and once I saw the photos that my friend Amy posted up on Facebook of her doing box jumps, I knew I had made the right decision.
“Sunrise Yoga” was a total misnomer because sunrise occurred at around 20 to 6 and the event didn’t start until 9. However, I still woke up at 6:15 to get a couple circuits in at the hotel gym before heading back over to the Mosaic District. Gotta do something to burn off all that cheese I had been eating.
Actually there wasn’t too much sun at all when I arrived, but at least it wasn’t raining. The workshop, presented by PlainSmart and led by celebrity fitness trainer and Health Magazine wellness contributer, Kristin McGee, was being held on the lawn outside the Angelika Film Center which is a very cool complex that apparently shows movies outside sometimes and everyone brings a lawn chair and can enjoy for free. (On Friday night as we were leaving the cocktail party, the new Superman movie was playing and I wondered if this is just a summer thing. Probably.) Anyway, I stopped by the registration table – where I was recognized as an Ambassador which made me feel all important, natch – and was the first person to roll out my mat. The big screen above me was cycling pictures of tranquil landscapes which I thought was a nice touch.
I stretched a bit and then settled onto my mat to sit and wait as other yogis set up their mats around me.
Eventually someone came by and told us that we needed to squeeze our mats together because so many people were coming. I’ve been in way crowded classes before so I didn’t bat an eye. But I did notice that once Kristin took the stage and the class was starting that there really wasn’t any need for us to be all on top of each other. There was plenty of room on the lawn for everyone to have a fair amount of personal space. Whatever. It was fine.
We started out with some technical difficulties and I’m telling you there is just no better way to relax and get centered at the start of yoga class than with some microphone feedback blowing out your eardrums! (All joking aside, they fixed it quickly.) Having never worked out with a “celebrity trainer” before unless you count cursing at Jillian Michaels on my TV screen, I had no idea what to expect and I ended up pleasantly surprised. Kristin led us through some moderately challenging vinyasa sequences that were easy to modify to fit our own individual practices, even throwing in some opportunities for inversions and arm balances. 2 of my favorites things! I have only practiced yoga outside one other time in my life and even then we were under a tent so the biggest challenge for me was getting my eyes adjusted every time I turned my gaze upward. Cloudy skies made everything super glarey. Also the ground was a little uneven and which threw my balance off a couple times, but overall I loved it. There was a nice calm breeze too that felt great, especially as we relaxed in savasana. There were even a couple girls on hand from Spark Yoga to help with adjustments. Having someone lean into my back while I was in pigeon pose was exactly what I – and my hips – needed after Saturday’s race.
The class lasted for an hour and afterward Kristin invited people to ask questions if they had any or see her about a DVD if they wanted one. I liked her. Had I had my wallet on me at the time, I might have even gone to see her for a DVD. Unfortunately I couldn’t even stay for the brunch though; I needed to get home to Betty. I swung by the host tent for some more of this delicious snack mix they had been handing out all weekend, hit up the now-familiar Starbucks in Target across the street, and headed back up to Baltimore feeling relaxed and happy.
In hindsight I should have been a fangirl and asked Kristin to take a photo with me for the blog, but I didn’t even think of it until I was already in the car. Ambassador fail. (My hair looked like crap anyway.)
Aside from some minor technical difficulties and potholes, I loved this event. It was described as being geared toward beginner and intermediate yogis, but with all the modification possibilities I really thought it was great for everyone. And for me personally, the best ending to any race weekend is an invigorating yoga class! Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!
Have you taken a really great yoga class lately? Have you ever worked out with a celebrity trainer?
Also today I have a JAMBERRY WINNER!! Thank you so much to my lovely friend, Michelle, for helping me host such a cool giveaway. The winner is:
I will be messaging you shortly to coordinate your prize! I hope you love Jamberry as much as I do!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Tuesday! Stay tuned for ALL THE FOOD tomorrow!