Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash Brewery

My mat is my happy place. Or in this case… my hoppy place? This morning my girlfriends and I joined a class of Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash Brewing and had so much fun practicing and tasting the day away.

Ready for Sunday Funday! // February 2017
Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash  // February 2017

Hoppy Yoga curates weekend yoga classes at local brewery favorites like Green Flash, OB Brewery, Stone and more.  Typically the classes start between 10-11am (before the breweries open) and end in a beer tasting or celebratory pint, all included in the price of the class. You can view the schedule online to check out all the locations and instructors and pre-book your spot.

Today’s class was all levels, and there was a great mix of age, sex and ability amongst the attendees.  The instructor, Erika, provided easy to understand cues and chatted with us all after class, making it a warm environment. As for the beer and Green Flash Brewing, everything was top notch! My favorites were Green Flash’s Cosmic Ristretto Black Lager and the Passion Fruit Kicker.

Savasana before Drink-asana // Hoppy Yoga at Green Flash, February 2017
Post yoga beer flight at Green Flash // February 2017

We had such a great time at Hoppy Yoga, and I know my husband and a couple of our friends will join me there again soon. Here are a few know before you go tips:

HOPPY YOGA: KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

  • Hoppy Yoga classes are BYOM (bring your own MAT), so don’t forget yours.
  • The floors at breweries are often concrete, so be kind to your body and fold your mat in half for any postures that you need extra cushioning. This could be anytime you’re on your knees or are playing around with inversions and arm balances.
  • As with all yoga classes, put your phone and watches on mute or airplane mode.
  • Breweries can be chilly places — be sure to bring a long sleeve in case you want to layer up.
  • Classes are all levels, so bring friends and family members who might not take class regularly (beer is a good way to get them there!).
  • Try new beers you can only get at the brewery (drink responsibly, of course) and tip your bartenders!

Have you ever done Hoppy Yoga in San Diego or something similar in other cities? Share your experience and leave all your suggestions below!

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Off the Mountain: 7 Non-Ski Activities in Breckenridge

 

I love skiing and snowshoeing but there’s something so great about spending a day in town during a ski vacation. Whether it’s bad weather or sore muscles that keep you in town, here are my top 7 non-ski activities in Breckenridge, Colorado:

Stretch and get zen at 9600ft

What a view during class, right? Pinch me. 

After our road trip to Breckenridge from San Diego, my muscles were craving yoga. I tried in incorporate it every other day and went solo, brought girlfriends and even my husband joined.  Meta Yoga had a great selection of classes and teachers and I was lucky to bounce between advanced and more meditative classes.  118 S Ridge St #5, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Caffeinate with a handcrafted latte

Insider Tip: order the dirty chai, my favorite!

Each morning before hopping on the gondola or en route to our next adventure, we stopped by Kavabreck for delicious lattes and breakfast wraps.  The syrups are all made in house and if you want to splurge, their bag of donuts is to die for.

The staff are also complete sweethearts, making it such an inviting stop.  Kavabreck, 209 N. Main St. Breckenridge, CO 80424 

 Go shopping!

Breckenridge’s Main Street by Night

Main Street has a slew of boutiques and souvenir shops.

Narrow down the best of the best by checking out my top 5 list here for our favorite gear store, cute clothing boutiques, a great photography studio and more.

Order off the secret menu… Shhhh!

Thanks to some inside information from the staff at Carvers, we became addicted to the $ Dollar Burger $ at The Canteen Taphouse and Tavern.  This off the menu burger was my husband’s favorite and honestly, who doesn’t love feeling like an insider? They also have great plates to share and bowls for gluten free options if anyone in your party isn’t craving the beef.  The Canteen Taphouse and Tavern, 208 N Main St, Breckenridge, CO 80424

Take a Hike (or Walk)  

With the dog in tow, my girlfriends and I loved catching up while trotting down the Blue River Bikeway. Another friend braved the snowy steps of the Carter Park path to catch some beautiful view of the mountain. Both options are accessible from downtown, so no worries about using the car! More info and trail leads can be found on Best of Breck’s These Winter Boots were made for Hiking.

Beat your Friends at Jenga (and  Mancala and Apples to Apples)

We loved the craft cocktails and plentiful games at Après Handcrafted Libations. They have a lengthly list of cocktails, hot toddies and 30+ beers on tap.  Our favorites were the walnut old fashion and the teddy grahams toddy.  Après’ long high top tables let us take over small sections and have marathon games of Apples to Apples and Jenga.  Lastly, they also have fun events, so check their website to see if one of them overlaps with your trip to Breck.  Après Handcrafted Libations, 130 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO, 80424

Indulge in a Spa Day

Long ski days and cramping from high altitude make a spa day a must do in Breckenridge.  There are several options to choose from located downtown, and the Spa at Breckenridge also has a lovely facility with day pass access to their pool and outdoor hot tub.  I loved my deep tissue massage and can’t wait to try more treatments next visit.

Hope these top 7 non-ski activities fill your time with relaxation and everyday adventures.  Comment below with your favorite non-ski activities at Breck.

 

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Travel Guide: Big Sur Getaway

Travel is my ultimate adventure, keeping my adrenaline pumping and eyes wide open trying to soak in as much as possible.  Last month I visited my 34th country and am dreaming about the day I move from 6 to 7 continents visited.

One of my favorite recent getaways has been Big Sur — nothing quite compares to the beauty of this place!  We had the most incredible visit, taking in this California escape along Route 1. Our days were filled with hiking and relaxing at the pool, and our nights with cocktails and star gazing. Below are some of my favorite memories and travel tips for your next adventure.

NOT TO MISS

McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Seemingly endless coastline of cliffs at Big Sur

Spectacular views from McWay Falls Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.  This is the quintessential viewpoint for Big Sur and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The trails were very easily marked and you can’t miss the entrance due to the small crowds and parked cars. If you’re lucky there will even be some seals splashing around below.

VIEW FROM ABOVE

Besides our hiking views, we couldn’t get enough of the infinity pool at the Post Ranch Inn, where the pool met the Pacific in the most relaxing atmosphere.

Infinity pool relaxation at the Post Ranch Inn

GET ACTIVE

There are so many trails to explore when visiting Big Sur. Our two favorites were the McWay Falls and Ewoldsen Trail.  Ewoldsen Trail was a great recommendation from a friend because we pretty much had the trail to ourselves and there were heaps of great views of the mountains and ocean. Insider tip: If you come to a fork in the trail with one path leading to your right (and seemingly straight up) – definitely follow it – as incredible views away just 200 yards up.

Looking through the tree tops on Ewoldsen Trail in Big Sur
Catching those Pacific blues on the Ewoldsen Trail

Don’t forget to stretch those sore muscles from hiking with a yoga class in a yurt. This was a bucket list item for me, and a great way to start the day.

SAVOR

  • Coffee at Big Sur Bakery with delicious cinnamon buns.
  • Grab a glass of wine with lunch at the Nepenthe for the best view in town.
  • If you don’t stay at the Post Ranch Inn, consider joining for breakfast or a sunset dinner, as the edge of the restaurant is all windows and gives the appearance of floating over the ocean.

LODGING

Post-Ranch Inn at Big Sur

We couldn’t recommend the Post Ranch Inn more! Every detail was considered and it was truly a memorable splurge. The outdoor tub was one of my favorite parts of our room where you could relax and look at all the stars.  The Post Ranch Inn books up quickly and several other places in town come highly recommended by my friends including: Ventana for luxury, Adobe Motor Lodge at Glen Oaks Big Sur where you can rent your own mini cabin and Deetjen’s Big Sur Inn for the romantics.

OTHER HOT SPOTS

If you have extra time be sure to indulge in a spa treatment, check out the Bixby Bridge and visit the Esalen Hot Springs.

MORE INSPIRATION

Comment below with your Big Sur favorite memories and not to miss adventures!

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