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Day 37 Santa Cruz-AYI-Mangala

After yesterday’s exhilarating bombardment of dazzlin’ colors and deafenin’ sounds, the YoYo’s raced the morning sun in search of a little peace at the beach before once again, all hell broke loose.

West Cliff Drive

West Cliff Drive

Above the madcap action of the Santa Cruz seashore, we came across a serene 2 ½ mile path that skirts illustrious West Cliff Drive. A magnet for runners, walkers, bikers and everything surfer, this tree lined path overlooks the untamed ocean filled with hard core wave riders testing their mettle at legendary Steamer Lane, the birthplace of mainland surfing.  Along our wandering, we pay homage to the gigantic surfing statue and the old lighthouse that now houses the surfer’s museum. YoYoYogiman turned Geraldo- Investigative Reporter; talked with some wet suit wearin’, board carryin’, wave riders who were practicin’ a little Adho Mukha Svanasana and Bhada Konasana before they jumped in.  Seems these yoga practicin’ surfers thought strength, flexibility and calmness of mind was always good when the big ones hit.

Surfer Joe

Surfer Joe

Leavin’ the serenity of this picture-perfect, laid-back viewing spot, we sauntered over to our much anticipated class at the Ashtanga Yoga Institute in the Pacific Cultural Center which is supported by the Hanuman Fellowship, a non-profit organization founded by students of Baba Hari Dass, the master yogi from India who has maintained a vow of silence since 1952.

Ashtanga Yoga Institute

Ashtanga Yoga Institute

A soothing fountain and colorful gardens, welcomed the already blissed out YoYo’s into the massive old church that oozed decades of peaceful energy.

Mangala Norskog

Mangala Norskog

Mangala Norskog, the gifted teacher of the teachers and the lucky YoYo’s teacher tonight started the class with a beautiful chant, setting the tone of peace and tranquility in this spiritual space.  Seated, she began a flowing pranayama practice making room for the calming Ashtanga level 1-2 practice and continued, giving clear, precise, and anatomically right-on easy to follow Q’s.  Her slow, steady tempo, magnificent tone and gentle ease led the class perfectly from one carefully defined asana to the next.  Interlaced with love and devotion, the YoYo’s felt our heart and bodies open from this powerfully meditative class.

After witnessing the Santa Cruz superstar surfers, The YoYos are pretty sure that they must be dedicated students of The Pacific Cultural Center.

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