Getting Our Zen On at Elevate Akron

Have you ‘yoga’d before?

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Until last week, I thought a Chaturanga Pose was a position on an Amtrak train…..LOL.  But when one of the girls from your Shopping Group (explanation of group to come in another blog post) posts that she has acquired tickets to Elevate Akron and invites you to attend….. you say, why not!

What would we DO without Google!  Immediately, I researched what I had just agreed to attend.  How fun! I have never attended a Yoga class before.  I absolutely love PiYo and I love to work out, so why not try Yoga!?  Plus, it is so much more fun to try something when you have back up.  My current workout mat was a little tattered and had been used repeatedly by my daughter and her friends so I went to Amazon (my bestie) and bought a mat and cooling towel for my new experience!

Elevate Akron, is held in our outdoor complex at Lock 3, which is where I take my kids and their friends to ice skate during the winter.  There are also various activities throughout the summer.  Then, it sunk in….. trying Yoga for the first time with 3,000 people around to see me make a fool of myself.  #letsdoit  Besides,  the event partners with Summit Country Children’s Services to raise money and awareness.  I love fun events that also have a philanthropy component.

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(photo creds for above pic to Elevate Akron)

We were among the first to arrive, so we had prime real estate for our mats.  Do we go close up front where we can easily see the instructors, but then we run the risk of EVERYONE’S eyes on us while we attempt Yoga.  My girlfriends have all done yoga before……. I was the only Yoga virgin.

Laura found our primo spot, marked it with our mats,  and then checked out the scene.  We noticed a handful of tents promoting yoga and fitness memberships, and then…… we hit the JACKPOT!  Directly in front of us, was a tent that offered donation-based massages and Reiki! Well, of course, we should try both…it IS  for the foster children of Summit Country. 🙂   We tried Reiki to relax us prior to Yoga; and then afterwards, we went back to the tent for a quick massage.   It was perfect and the ladies did a fantastic job!! I highly recommend it!

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After Reiki, we explored the Food truck area.  Anyone else pre-game for Yoga with pork tacos (Orange Truck), hummus, beer (HiHO Brewing) and wine?  We, of course, washed it all down with some Restore pressed juice and a peanut butter protein bite (Earth Energy Sustainable Treats).  Everything was delicious.  The hummus was a bit spicy, but the protein bites were devine.

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We were ready to get our Zen on!! The group gave us a full hour of yoga and had instructors on stage and spread throughout the grounds.  It was soooooo fun and I felt like I got a GREAT workout!  I can NOT wait to do this again next year! We had a great time and made great memories!  I am so thrilled I tried something new with my girls that was not only  good for my body, BUT, healthy, too! It was also a great lesson for my kids.  Another #gracetime #moment that will not be forgotten.

Pictured below left to right ((Laura (battling breast cancer, please pray for her..She is amazing), Carie, Me, and Michelle))

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Cheers and thank you for sharing this #gracetime #moment with me!

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Lisa

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