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Day 36 Santa Cruz- Seaside Yoga-Laura McKinnon

The crack of dawn still eluding the geographically challenged YoYo’s, we headed south through oceans of farmland to finally find the tiny town of Seaside…a small community that sits close, but so far away from the high rent/high profile areas of Monterey and Carmel. Here, we started our perfect beach day with an all levels Hatha class, at Seaside Yoga Sanctuary.

Laura McKinnon

Laura McKinnon

It took the quick thinkin’ YoYo’s about one second to understand the draw of this “only studio in town,”  opened- armed , inclusive yoga space as we met its upbeat, love-ooozin’ owner, Laura McKinnon.  This smooth, slow, early morning class felt much like a private practice as Laura generously gave individual physical and mental adjustments to these “never miss’ yogis.  Proving that yoga is for everyone, Laura choose the unlikely Seaside location as a way to bring an exceptional gift to this “yoga barren” community by pioneering a plethora of classes for the young, old, strong, hurt and curious. Now, just two years after its birth, this “at one time apprehensive” crowd can’t live without this gentle practice, welcoming studio or giving teacher.

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Like kids in a candy store, the sun-worshippin’ California born and raised YoYo’s heard the Pacific Ocean callin’.  Racin’ up the central coast… we finished our last night’s sleep as we listened to the soothin’, sweet soundin’ waves on the Santa Cruz shores.

Wooden Roller Coaster and Arcades

Wooden Roller Coaster and Arcades

YO!  Wakin’ up, the YoYo’s gasped at the ba-zillion people who had joined them…umbrellas the size of a house, picnics for families of 40, huge wagons pullin’ skid board, wet suits, buckets, barrels and diggers; and rock concert lines to the bathroom… This place was hoppin’ and boppin’ and callin’ the YoYo’s to walk down the beach to check out the origin of the vast humanity.  Through the swarming streets of T-shirt, bikini, and surf shops we traveled…through mountains of  beer, pizza and hot dogs we went to end our discovery at the world famous, century old Santa Cruz Boardwalk, host of the vintage wooden roller-coaster and prancin’ horses of the 1911 Carousel.  This place is some crazy FUN!

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