Category Archives: Yoga

SUP Yoga

A few weeks ago, I picked up the local Get Out Chattanooga magazine and read the article “Standing Ovation” about riding rapids, dodging rocks and skirting hydraulics on the Ocoee and Nantahala – while standing up. It’s called Stand-up Paddleboarding, aka SUP. At the time, I was just weeks away from beginning my white water raft guide training, so the article really grabbed and held my attention. It’s an interesting take on the calm SUP I’ve seen before and it truly deserves a separate review on this blog. The intent for this post was to mention my excitement at a “new” thing I am going to try. A few days after I read that magazine article Livingsocial put on a deal for a 1-hour SUP Yoga by L2 Boards, which a local Chattanooga company. Once again, I recruited  my boyfriend to hit the water with me next time he came in town and he agreed to give it a shot. I feel very blessed that I have the desire and attitude to try new things all the time as well as the physical ability and a partner who will humor me in the name of love. I really have so much to be grateful for.

Local SUP Business

Mark Baldwin and his wife, Kim, opened the business less than 2 years ago.













SUP near downtown Chattanooga

Sunset SUP Yoga

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Wanderlust Festival

The first time I found out about Wanderlust was just over two years ago when I started to get serious about my practice. Attending this event is on my list of places to go, I can only hope it’s sooner rather than later. Since I cannot write on personal experience, I have copied the mission statement and description from their facebook page for those who are unfamiliar with Wanderlust. Check out this video as’s great!

2012 Wanderlust Festival

Wanderlust’s core purpose is to create community around shared values. It has been incredibly gratifying to see such a large community growing around the pillars of mindful living – yoga, the arts, personal spirituality, environmentalism, organics and conscious consumerism – and to know that Wanderlust is becoming a central gathering point for this community.
The cauldron of talent at Wanderlust never ceases to amaze, and while we continue to seek out diverse and gifted artists, teachers, speakers and leaders, it often feels like the festival is being equally shaped by the talent of its participants. The scholars, buskers, acroyogis, hoopers, and artists that have organically integrated into the event have created the kind of exchange of ideas and energy that could never be replicated by any traditional festival or concert experience.
Wanderlust continues to evolve to include a broader range of experiences, including hiking, biking, running and other outdoor activities, a more diverse array of lectures, expanded food and wine events, movement and burlesque workshops, and even a community garden project. Wherever possible, these new activities will involve interaction and interactivity, so our attendees can learn and create as part of the event.
Wanderlust 2012 will be bigger and better than ever. There’s a lot to do, and many more locations at which to do it. We hope you can come take advantage of all of it, but don’t plan too hard. Always let yourself wander, because life’s most beautiful moments come in the spaces.

The four locations of Wanderlust 2012

Wanderlust brings together the world’s leading yoga teachers and top-tier musical performers in settings of breathtaking natural beauty.
Festivalgoers spend their mornings getting centered in one of many yoga or meditation classes, chilling at a spa or in the pool, or engaging in outdoor activities from hiking to biking. A series of fascinating talks, acoustic music and food & wine tastings unfold in the afternoon, while nights are dedicated to musical discovery and a full-tilt dance party.

Now that’s what I call a yoga community!

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Acro-yoga is a physical practice which blends elements of yoga, acrobatics, and healing arts in to multiple sets of beautiful flowing series. This practice cultivates trust, connections and playfulness between partners which ranges from beginners to advanced practitioners.

I was drawn to this in the same way Slackline Yoga intrigued me. Watch this awesome video to see for yourself. I was sold..but two potential problems stood in my way. 1.) I needed a partner, but I had a chance to recruit my boyfriend. I Showed him a few videos and asked if he was interested, to which he  replied, “yes!” 2.) Find a workshop nearby. This took a bit more time but last week I walked in to the yoga studio where I practice and there sat a stack of flyers for an AcroYoga workshop being held in June. Done and done! I’m excited to attend this class but I think I am going to need to get Andrew on the mat a few times between now and then.

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Peace Love Car (PLC)

This eye-catching vehicle has quite the story. It has served as a home for Sam Salwei  for the past 4 years.

Make: Ford

Model: Festiva

Year: 1988

Milage: 362,000 March 2012

Color: Sticker

Top Speed: 92.5mph

MPG: 27 (need carb tuned and timing set, should get 38mpg)








Modifications: Mazda 323 1.6L engine(bottom half is a 92 top hald is an 88), 3.75 inch custom lift, Ford Aspire shocks(add 250 lbs of carring capacity), Aspire Master cyl and brake booster(stops better), duel Battery( allows for charging with the key off), Trailer hitch, 3 headlights, roof rack, Hatch back rack(allows me to hang the bikes off the back for lower profile), 13″ tires(cheaper then 12″),

Check out the website link here and the facebook page about the history and on going “saga” of the PLC. It’s quite entertaining.

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Slackline Yoga

Slackline Yoga is a new, unique form a yoga which you just have to see to understand. I first became aware of this style of yoga after a friend posted on Facebook that the “YogaSlackers” would in the Chattanooga area. The term alone intrigued me, I follow the links and was completely absorbed in YouTube videos within minutes. I checked out their website and became a little envious of their lifestyle and jobs. I am working towards something similar and am hopeful it will all work out of the years and my life unfolds further.

It didn’t take long for me to decide that I was going to give it a shot. On March 17, I drove to the St. Elmo area of Chattanooga and pulled in to the parking lot of  Tennessee Bouldering Authority where the workshop would be held. Sam Salwei was the main instructor and pretty awesome guy from what I gathered.

Sam Salwei, a modern day Nomad, traveling coast to coast living a lifestyle that is uniquely his own.  Initially driven by his passion for Eco-Adventure, life on the road began in 2004, quickly leading into a diverse career encompassing adventure-racing, rock climbing and slacklining. In 2005 Sam co-created the company “Yoga Slackers”, specializing in combining Yoga poses on a Slackline as well as integrating other body awareness practices such as partner acrobatics. Despite the misleading nature of the name, the “slackers” are quite accomplished athletes gaining the support of over 20 different sponsors, who share in the desire to promote ecologically sustainable living.” –

Sam Salwei Slacklining

The workshop lasted a few hours on both Saturday and Sunday. I left with some sore spots on my body, new friends and a new hobby. I bought my own slackline a few days ago and plan to go play outside very soon!

The gang at TBA

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