Outdoor Yoga and Whole Foods

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend. If I could sum up my weekend in a few words it would be the title of this post. There was a ton going on, but the most exciting part parts were the two outdoor yoga events I attended.

I’m a huge fan of outdoor yoga so whenever I hear about local events I try to sign-up. Knowing that both of these events would have tasty food from Whole Foods afterwards was just icing on the cake.

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Saturday morning I embarked on a Living Social Yoga by the Riverside Adventure with a local blogger/friend, Lauren.

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Don’t you love the sweet neon sunglasses we’re rockin’? They were courtesy of Living Social. πŸ™‚

The yoga class was held in a peaceful spot right on the James River. It was a little on the chilly side, but overall a beautiful morning.

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The class was taught by Joanna and was perfect for all levels. I normally go to more advanced classes but I’ve been really sore from different workouts lately so this stretching was exactly what I needed.

After practicing we enjoyed a little brunch from Whole Foods with veggies, fruit, pita chips, hummus and coffee.

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It was a lovely way to start off the weekend.

Sunday’s event was in the afternoon on a grassy spot near the Whole Foods store in Short Pump. WF and Om on Yoga sponsored the yoga class and J Miles lead the group through a wonderful, all-levels practice.

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The class was awesome.

Jessica and Stephanie were there as well so I got to hang with them, which is always a blast! And Chef Jesse’s food was amazing, per the usual.

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That’s a nutty avocado salad on the left, a curried chickpea dish on the right and a kale soup in the cup. Everything was vegan and tasted delicious. My favorite was the avocado salad so I’m pretty sure I’ll be recreating it here on the blog soon!

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Last but not least, dessert for the evening was a chia pudding! Jesse made it with rice milk and added in raisins, sliced almonds, cinnamon and cardamon. It was so good I wanted to swim in the huge bowl of chia pudding, in other words – I had seconds.

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After the class I did a little shopping and realized there are some new things going on at my local WF store.

First off, we have a bulk spices section now!!

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There’s a whole end cap full of spices as well as two big sections of dried shrooms and unique sea salts. I’m so pumped about this because I can now buy the exact amount of a particular spice I need and the prices seem much cheaper. And of course, less packaging is always a plus as well!

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Why hello, mr. merlot sea salt – I don’t think I’ve ever seen you before. πŸ™‚

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I’ve never cooked with dried mushrooms before but apparently I need to buy some and give it a try.

Another thing I recently found out is that that our store now has a little Nutritional Information kiosk where you can type in the names of the items served in the prepared foods section or hot/salad bar and get the nutrition facts and a list of the ingredients.

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I love knowing what’s in the food I’m eating so I thought this was really cool. I’m sure people on special diets or those with allergies will love it as well.

Have you ever done yoga outside? Do you like it? I really enjoy practicing outside. I always feel so grounded, open and more connected with nature after practicing outdoors.

Does your local WF have bulk spices and nutritional information station? I apologize in advance if you don’t have a local WF. :/

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  1. Outdoor yoga and whole foods? Sounds like a PERFECT day to me! Thanks for sharing, sweet girl. I hope you are having a beautiful and bountiful week! Hugs from Austin!

  2. I love buying spices in bulk! Then you can try more exotic ones without shelling out too much for a whole bottle. I also refill all my spice jars with fresh spices from the bins. I love the new living social adventures. They are great ways to try new activities. I did one with pilates, laughter yoga, and vegan goodies.

  3. We just got Whole Foods on Maui about a year and a half ago [hooray!], but we definitely don’t have a nutritional info tracker OR a bulk spice section =(. Baby steps, lol. Our local health food store, Mana Foods, however, has an AWESOME bulk section!!

    And I LOVE outdoor yoga! I wish Maui offered more events like that…

  4. I wish my whole foods told what the nutrition and ingredients were of the prepared foods. Next time you are there would you mind finding out the info for their garlic seaweed salad- its my FAVORITE!

  5. Chia pudding sounds so good! I love all things with cinnamon and raisins involved. lol. I haven’t ever done yoga outside but it sounds like it would be really neat! I actually just started a beginning yoga class last week and I am really enjoying it. Can’t wait to learn more! πŸ™‚

  6. Outdoor yoga sounds like it was amazing! I did yoga on the beach once and it wasn’t great, mostly because of the instructor. I’m excited to try again at some point, though!

  7. I went to an outdoor yoga event for charity in Union Square, SF this weekend. http://nationalevents.cityofhope.org/site/TR?fr_id=1490&pg=entry (Yoga for Hope) and here’s a little advice–wear sun screen. This is not something I usually think about when heading off to a yoga class, especially a yoga class in SF, because it is usually cloudy and foggy and cold. But, Saturday was hot and sunny and my friend and I got real burnt πŸ™ Also, The WF by my house (Oakland, CA) is opening a wellness center and I am real excited about their cooking and health class offerings.

  8. Sounds like a fabulous weekend! I miss having a Whole Foods that is close…those bulk spices look awesome, and that avocado salad looks ridiculous!!!

    I have not ever done yoga outside, but the second week in October, my yoga studio is holding a morning class at a local vineyard. They do this every second Saturday during the summer, but I have been at the shore most of those times and haven’t been able to do it yet. They say it is practice-changing when you take an outdoor class; being in that natural atmosphere should be really cool. I am excited to try it out!

  9. Your new pic is so cute! πŸ™‚

    I haven’t done yoga outside–sounds awesome! But the WF brunch sounds equally awesome! I can’t wait for that avocado salad recreation.

    Have a great week, doll!

  10. i tried a chia pudding at a vegan cafe for lunch with my Nan (she may be 81 but she loves trying new things!) on saturday. Was really yummy! wish i knew exactly what was in it. i should have asked really but i was too busy enjoying the food!

  11. Most of the time I like outdoor yoga – there are options practically daily in NYC in the summer – but sometimes I have a hard time getting over the bumpy ground under my mat…bugs crawling on me…sun in my eyes, etc. But I guess that’s part of the practice, now isn’t it.

  12. I love outdoor yoga! My local lululemon had an outdoor yoga class every week by the waterfront this summer. I don’t have a Whole Foods, but the local co-op has tons of bulk foods and spices. I love it!

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