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Make the Outdoors Your Playground

June 21, 2016

The car packed as if we moved our entire house into it and leaving only enough space for our co-pilot.

It is filled with our essentials, camping gear, stand-up paddleboards, yoga mats and a week’s worth of our favorite food. And as we pull out of the driveway, the radio echoes out our favorite car dance party songs. We are heading into the unknown, a place where we surrender to nature and let go of the real world.

In our day-to-day lives, we have a tendency to live in a routine, we get our coffee from our favorite corner coffee shop, make our smoothie filled with greens and fruits and head to work. At the office the routine continues, we check the same websites, daydream about the next adventure and send out a few emails. Then as we leave the constraints of the office, our freedom is filled with more of the routine, we head to the same yoga class, have the same dinner and watch our new favorite Netflix series. Day-to-day, week-to-week, the routine continues, maybe with some variation but still falling into the similar mold as the day before. And we may be perfectly happy and content living this life, we know the neighborhood barista who makes our coffee, we love our office chats and the yoga instructor we see. But what if we were to throw a weekend of change in the mix and challenge ourselves to explore the world outside of what we know?

Yoga, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, and camping can provide the perfect excursion to free our minds and open us up to the possibilities that exist at our fingertips. Having a travel buddy join us for the adventure will only add to the fun, but it is always possible to go on this mission alone. Here in North America, we are fortunate to be surrounded by so many state and national parks, setting up for the perfect adventure. Campsites, trails and magical bodies of water are all waiting to be explored. We may even be able to combine adventures, such as paddling to an island, building our campsite while practicing yoga on our own private beach. The opportunities are endless and the adventure awaits!

So the next time you are in the office visiting that same website to start the daydream of that perfect vacation, stray from the path and research what local playground is close by!

Photo: Nicole L. Hill

Jeramie Vaine is a Professional Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Athlete, CorePower Yoga 200-hour Power Yoga certified instructor, SUP Yoga Instructor and WPA Level 2 SUP Instructor. In 2011, he was introduced to both SUP and Yoga, where a love for a healthy, active lifestyle was born. He has been given the opportunity to share his knowledge of the benefits of SUP and Yoga by traveling to Yoga Festivals, SUP events, races and hosting clinics. Jeramie has taught at Wanderlust Festival's, SUP Trainings, SUP Yoga Teacher Trainings, workshops, classes and clinics throughout North America. Jeramie’s vision is to expose Yoga, SUP and SUP Yoga to everyone he meets, with hope to add to or encourage a healthy, active lifestyle.