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Rambling Yogi: Episode 8 ~ Yoga Elements at Panama City Beach, Florida

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Yoga Elements
108 Carillon Market St.
Ste 1
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

Styles of Yoga Offered:
Beginner/RenewAshtanga (Primary Series)KripaluRestorativeCoreVinyasa FlowYin YangSUPAerialClass(es) I Took:
KripaluInstructor:
Dawn BrookerPrice:
$15 drop in for regular mat classes$20 drop in for aerial$35 drop in for SUP (includes board rental) Although our visit in Panama City was unseasonably cold it was still beautiful. We stayed at St. Andrews State Park and had a fantastic view of the bay. A short bicycle ride away, bundled up against the crisp morning air, and I had parts of the beach all to myself. This is where I practiced yoga most during our stay...but I also managed to make two forays into Panama City Beach proper to take two very different yoga classes. The first was at Yoga Elements.

Yoga Elements is situated inside the Carillon Resort at Carillon Beach, a very posh community on the outskirts of town. Their website describes it like this:
Carillon Beach Resort Community was desig…

Olympic National Park: Hurricane Ridge and Obstruction Point

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{Dates of Visit: Aug 9-16, 2014}


Note: I'll be breaking this trip down into a series of posts because, at nearly a million acres, Olympic National Park is huge. It has 3 distinct ecosystems and offers a variety of adventures from alpine hiking and mountain climbing to beach combing. Distances between the various portions of the park can cover 150 miles. In just this blog post the distance between our campground, Shadow Mountain and Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is 27 miles but takes about 50 minutes to drive. You can read part 1 here.

If you've been reading along in our travels you've probably noticed that we like to hike. I'm the more adventurous one (12 miles in the mountains doesn't scare me, even if it ends up kicking my butt) while Clark can handle pretty much any distance...as long as it has adequate shade, isn't too hot or too cold, and remains relatively flat...oh, and  there's got to be a beer waiting for him at the halfway point, that's …

Rambling Yogi: Episode 7 ~ Cedar Key, Florida and Home Practice Resources

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Cedar Key Library (Upstairs)
460 2nd St.
Cedar Key, FL 32625


Christ Episcopal Church (Parish Hall)
Hwy 24
Cedar Key, FL 32625



Styles of Yoga Offered:
GentleIntermediateMediatationVariety of Hatha and Vinyasa and other stylesClasses I Took:
GentleIntermediateInstructor:
Mary InnskeepCD/ Audio Tape with no instrucotPrice:
Free/Donation Based
When we decided to spend winter of 2013 in Cedar Key, FL we were excited about experiencing Christmas and New Years in a small tiny town that had a moderate climate. Since I was growing my yoga practice I was worried that I wouldn't have any opportunities to enjoy studio classes where I could benefit from the energy in the room. It really is a thing...that energy. And no matter how advanced a yogi gets, attending a class now and again can boost your practice, help correct some alignment faults (hopefully before muscle memory makes it difficult to do so) and revitalize a stagnant practice. 

Unfortunately, Cedar Key doesn't always offer teacher led class…

Olympic National Park: Elwha River Trail and Lake Crescent

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{Dates of Visit: Aug 9-16, 2014}

Note: I'm going to have to break this trip down into a series of posts because at nearly a million acres, Olympic National Park is huge. It has 3 distinct ecosystems and offers a variety of adventures from alpine hiking and mountain climbing to beach combing. Distances between the various portions of the park can cover 150 miles. In just this blog post, the distance between Elwha and Sol Duc is 47 miles. 

Our trip to Olympic National Park started off with some lady in a sedan flipping us off as she passed the Mutiny on a solid, double yellow line. Now, to be clear, we weren't going slow, we hadn't cut her off and, to this day, have no idea what could have set her off. We'd been traveling highway 101 for about 2 hours and were on a fairly level stretch...certainly not holding up traffic or doing anything stupid, not that we were aware of anyway. That was a fine "how do you do" and welcome to the peninsula.

As bizarre as that w…

Tossing Fish, Chewing Gum, Coffee Galore and the Underground That is Seattle

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{Dates of Visit: Aug 6-9, 2014}

Seattle...a place we love and hate all at the same time. We love it because as former Bay Area residents it reminds us of a scaled down version of San Francisco in many ways, including the ferries, waterfront restaurants and piers, the fresh seafood and climate. We hate because...well because of the Seahawks. As lifelong 49er fans being surrounded by people wearing the 12th man jerseys in the off season was hard. Very hard...But we endured it for the sake of adventure and family.

Our niece and nephew, Tina and Eddie, live just across the bay in Bemmerton and Illahee State Park is just a short drive from their house. There were just a few spaces in their small campground that could accommodate our 32 foot Class A and only 2 had electric. This trip was pre-solar but with the sites all very heavily treed it would have been useless anyway so an electric site was a must. We lucked out an nabbed the only suitable site...thankful even though it was far from leve…