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City Surf Fitness: Buddha Board yoga class

Last fall, I tried SUP yoga for the first time, and it challenged my balance and core in a different environment. When my buddy Roy recommended I try a new studio called City Surf, I thought it would just be an added challenge of trying to balance on a smaller board that can wobble. I was not prepared to laugh and giggle as much as I did. This is me, trying to get a feel for the board. You can see how I’m already a little wonky. These boards are balanced on top of 3 exercise balls and bungee’ed to the base. There is a LOT of movement when you get on it. I’m talking sometimes violent, volatile movement as your legs and feet are shaking and wiggling to stay under your body. My postpartum body is still so weak in the core, and that definitely affects my balance. The good news is that I never felt like I would fall off the surfboard. There were some close calls, where I’m leaning so far to …

Gaia Flow Yoga in Uptown Dallas

Upon the recommendation of my cousin and soon-to-be cousin-in-law, I tried out Gaia Flow Yoga in Uptown Dallas while visiting family for Chinese New Year. It’s located right off of Central Expressway on Blackburn St. There was plenty of free street parking in front and around the corner of the studio on that Saturday morning. At check-in, I filled out my profile information on an iPad. They’re running a $15 promotion for new students for unlimited yoga the first week, which I would’ve taken advantage of if our trip were longer than a weekend. All of the classes are heated to between 92 and 95 degrees, so I opted out of the early morning ashtanga class and went for a Gentle Waves class instead. They have a single studio space inside with mirrors on the front and side walls. I haven’t decided if studios that have mirrors use them so students can examine their form or to give the illusion that the room is bigger. Either way, I tried to stay away from the mirrors …

Review: King Spa & Sauna, Dallas

I’d heard about King Spa (and local rival Spa Castle) in Dallas from my best friend, who had visited both with her mom on a few occasions. It’s a Korean style spa and nothing like any other spa I’ve been to. The set-up of the spa is that you are issued a wrist band with a key at check-in. The wrist band serves as your form of payment for any extra services or items during your stay. You settle your bill at the end. Women are issued their “uniform” of t-shirt and elastic-waisted shorts at the front desk while men get theirs once they are in the locker room. In each locker room, you get completely undressed and go into the shower area. (* Yes, completely nude. You need to get over your American fear of being seen nude by others because everyone is naked.) There are rows of open showers, which is your first step before you can use any of the heated pools. The pools are of varying temperatures but all pretty toasty. …

Klyde Warren Park, Dallas

Minus a 2 year stint in California, I’ve been making the drive between Austin and Dallas for 14 years now, and I haven’t been quite as excited about watching a Dallas construction project finish as when the Klyde Warren Park opened up. They took the part of Woodall Rogers Parkway that cuts through downtown and made a floating urban park out of it so there’s actually green space in Dallas. What’s extra cool is that they offer yoga classes throughout the week for FREE out on the Great Lawn as well as other bootcamps, tai chi, meditation and even dog training. On the morning I went, they offered both a yoga class for adults and a Yoginos yoga class for kids. Can you spot my little runt who decided he didn’t want to follow directions? In addition to group classes, there’s a pretty sizable children’s area with splash pad, food trucks, dog park, games and books, plenty of seating and even an upright piano for public use. It looks like they’re building a covered stage …

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