How to Do Yoga & Surf In the City

One of my 2016 goals is to attend a yoga retreat. There’s something about the thought of waking up on the beach, stepping out to truly salute the sun and then taking a dip in the ocean that puts me in the permanent “vacation” frame of mind. Plus, I want to learn how to surf! Until then, I’m stuck in the concrete jungle of Dallas.

Apparently, being in the relatively land-locked city doesn’t mean I can’t figure out how to find my center while challenging my balance. Last week, I found myself at City Surf Fitness down in Deep Ellum with a group of fellow fitness folks (gosh, I love alliteration), hanging 10 and trying not to tip myself like a little teapot right off the board.

Finding Balance at City Surf Fitness
Don’t I look really calm, as I try to work my guns? Alex of Just Alex (on my right) was a champ and kept me laughing the entire time. (Photo courtesy of Dallas Fitness Ambassadors Facebook page)

The very laid-back instructor, who looked and sounded exactly what you would think of a surfing coach, took us through several incarnations of the City Surf Fitness workouts: Big Kahuna, Beach Body Bootcamp, City Surf Circuits and Buddha Board. While I had a love/hate relationship with City Surf Circuits because of the way it worked my body from head to toe, as a yoga instructor, the Buddha Board held a special place in my heart. I could imagine myself out on the waves, finding my balance, as we moved through Warrior 2, Reverse Warriors and Child’s Pose. Sweat poured from my face and once I stopped rocking, I could sense an inner calm that belied my intense effort to find stillness.    After working up quite the sweat, we were treated to delicious juices and smoothies from Simply Fit Meals. The Almond Mylk was sweet without being overwhelming, thanks to the dates. I have a bag of dates in my fridge, waiting to be used in a homemade snack bar recipe. The Sweet Beet could have used a touch more sweetness, but when I added it to a smoothie, it was the ideal amount of flavor. Simply Fit Meals Juices - Dallas Fitness Ambassador I definitely need to try my hand (and foot) again at working the board. Check my Instagram to see if I make it! Thank you to the Dallas Fitness Ambassadors group for coordinating the workout, I’m hooked and I can’t wait for the next event.

2 Replies to “How to Do Yoga & Surf In the City”

  1. Hey Veleisa! City Surf is doing a Surf + Yoga retreat in Nicaragua next June (Thursday, 6/9-Tuesday, 6/14, 2016).

    The trip costs $925/person, and we’re capping the trip to 10 attendees.

    To reserve your spot, you’ll just need to pay a 50% deposit ($462.50), which you can do on the ONLINE STORE –> Services on our MindBody platform (https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/admhome?studioid=33503).

    You’ll pay the remaining balance a month before the trip on May 1st.

    Deets:
    5 night surf and yoga retreat:
    Zipline
    Yoga
    Daily surf rental
    Rock climbing
    2 private surf lessons
    Airport shuttle
    Food and drink

    Costs not included:
    Flights ($500-700), shopping (~$200)

    We hope you’ll join us and cross that off your 2016 bucket list!

    Thanks,
    Christine Stella, Studio Manager

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