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The Origins of Spartan Yoga

Originally posted on I AM SPARTAN FITNESS - The State of High Performance:

As many of you already know, we have gotten away from the traditional yoga classes and have been teaching what may seem as a new style. We call it Spartan Yoga.

In fact, Spartan Yoga is modern terminology conveying an extremely old and very effective style of training.

Spartan Yoga is the form of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual training that originated in Ancient Sparta. It creates the tenacity, skill, strength and compassion of the body, emotions, mind and soul required for the individual to fulfill their purpose in life (whether they know what their purpose is or not.)

The Spartans believed that as human beings we all have one thing in common, the desire to live with purpose. That purpose can be being a parent, a teacher, a waiter, a gardener, a medical doctor, a police officer, a builder, anything that serves the betterment of humanity and the environment.

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9 YOGA POSES TO ENHANCE YOUR PADDLE STROKE

Originally posted on I AM SPARTAN FITNESS - The State of High Performance:

Whether you are already paddling a lot or you want to be able to paddle for longer periods at a time, you can always improve your paddle stroke. To get a great paddle, click here!

Below we have listed some key yoga poses that will work the strength and mobility of your paddle stroke. Remember that you are always looking for a balance between strength and mobility. Too much of one, without enough of the other is never a good thing.

So grab a mat …

Standing Half Moon

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Chair With Prayer Twist

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Eagle

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Plank

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Reverse Plank

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Side Plank

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Boat

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Reverse Table Top

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Seated Spinal Twist

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For more information on how yoga can enhance your paddling, contact us at (727) 466-7994 or look for a qualified and knowledgeable yoga instructor in your area.

We look forward to seeing you on the water wherever that waterway might be. Happy paddling!!



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Photo Hike at Sawgrass Lake

Raccoon at Sawgrass

The monthly photo class will be held at Sawgrass Lake Preserve on Saturday May 5th (Happy Cinco de Mayo!), 1:00 – 3:00pm (7400 25th St. N, St. Pete).

The course is Pay-What-You-Can and 20% of all money collected will be donated to the Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture.

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Photo Class in the Park Saturday afternoon

Bottlenose Dolphin

The monthly photo class will be held at North Shore Beach on April 7th, 1:00 – 3:00pm (North Shore Dr. NE and 13th Ave.).

The course is Pay-What-You-Can and 20% of all money collected will be donated to the Legacy Institute for Nature and Culture.

This course is for everyone – from basic point-and-shooters to DSLR owners. The 1st half of the course will be on how to use your camera (getting it out of Auto mode!), basic photography techniques, and different aspects of nature photography. The 2nd half will be exploring the park and getting direct feedback on the photos you take. North Shore Beach is situated on Tampa Bay and home to turns and skimmers, as well as dolphins and manatees if we’re lucky.

LINC, to whom donations will go, works in promoting environmental awareness through art. Their mission statement is: “Powerful imagery opens a direct window into social consciousness and is a proven catalyst for change. LINC uses pictures and words to connect people to their natural heritage. Through these connections, LINC strives to inspire businesses, organizations and individuals to work together to protect the natural and cultural resources that sustain us all.”

So come down to North Shore Beach on the 7th and experience a little bit of the beauty St. Pete has to offer. Please bring a charged camera, empty memory card, and something to sit on. If you have your  camera’s manual, please bring that as well. We’ll meet in the parking lot on North Shore Dr. and 13th Ave., by the tennis courts. Please call 727-766-7994 with any questions.

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Photo Class at Sawgrass Lake


Cardinal at Sawgrass

The monthly photo class will be held at Sawgrass Lake on Feb. 4th, 1:00 – 3:00pm (7400 25th St. N, St. Pete).

The course is Pay-What-You-Can and 20% of all money collected will be donated to The Rewilding Institute.

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Intro to Nature Photography


Terns at Sunset

Have you ever wanted to learn photography basics? Do you love being in the outdoors?

On Saturday January 7th at 1pm, head down to Flora Wylie Park for a 2 hour "Introduction to Nature Photography Basics". The course is Pay-What-You-Can and 20% of all money collected will be donated to the Florida Wildlife Corridor Project.

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The cost of our priceless Florida Parks…


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Photo by Bindi Photography

Florida has 160 parks spanning 700,000 acres under the State Parks Service, 20,000 acres in Pinellas County are designated Continue reading