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Day 38 Santa Cruz-One Yoga-Mark Stephens

Veterans Memorial Santa Cruz

Veterans Memorial Santa Cruz

Now, that’s what these power-cravin’, sweat lovin’, YoYo’s are talkin’ about!  Tonight, on our last HOO-RAH, in this wacky beach town of Santa Cruz, we followed the zillion yoga mats runnin’ to  One Yoga, vibrantly living in the 1932 Veterans Memorial Building smack in the middle of fun & funky downtown.  Beautiful, white and old… the YoYo’s ran up the antique steps to find a ginormous space with massive beamed ceiling, gorgeous antique casement windows and expansive fir floors.  The activity level was “off the charts” as yogis of every age, size, and level of ability gathered with pre-rock concert noise and enthusiasm.

Mark Stephens

Mark Stephens

The YoYo’s scrambled to find an elusive 6’X 2’ space in the midst of 60+ yogis who came to challenge every inch of their mind and body as master teacher, Mark Stephens, recipient of the 1st Karma Yoga Award from Yoga Journal and soon to be published author of “The Art and Science of Teaching Yoga”, opened the class with an earth shakin’ “OM”.  Failin’ to stay in the yogi moment, the YoYo’s couldn’t help but imagine every yogi in this high energy class wearing a super-cool “Om BIG” Tee,  from Seattle based company “Be Truly You.”

One Yoga Santa Cruz

One Yoga Santa Cruz

Sweatin’, and workin’ every inch of our cravin’ to be tested YoYo bodies, we got just what we came for … and more, in this nearly 2 hour vinyasa flow class.  The YoYo’s loved the skilled adjustments, helpful assistants, awesome music and the magical way this experienced teacher masterfully taught to every level in this joyus, high energy class.

San Gregorio Beach

San Gregorio Beach

Powered up and ready to rumble, the yoyoy-in’, YoYo’s knew their next stop was 3 hours UP the coast to Marin County.   Jumpin’ in the YoYo mobile,  we oooohhhh’d and ahhhhhh’d all the way up to San Francisco wonderin’ why these jaw-droppin’ beaches on the Central California Coast were completely void of humanity.  Quiet, serene and beautiful…if we hadn’t just had our YoYo butts kicked, we would have thrown down the Manduka and had one heck of a… practice in paradise!


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