My Favorite Yoga Channels And Blogs

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“The rhythm of the body, the melody of the mind & the harmony of the soul create the symphony of life.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Yoga has transformed my life. Since I began my practice just shy of 3 years ago, it seems so many nuances, areas of pain and anxiety and feelings of insecurity I had have slowly begun to disperse. Yoga and all it’s awesome power have helped me deal the life long issues I have with anxiety, through the power of breathing and taking time for me, I am able to remedy my “flare-ups”. Not to mention how fantastic is it for snowsports. Ironing out aches and pains and helping you connect to every muscle.

Don’t get me wrong, Yoga isn’t a cure for everything and certainly not a one size fits all concept, yoga and the understanding thereof opens your mind to possibility and the opportunity to find the right type of practice. Whether you are trying to tone up, build strength, work through problems of just take time for some self-love.

Therefore in the process of finding a yogic mentor, a relationship that is super important to the development of your practice. I have 4 yogi’s that I look too for inspiration, guidance, and spiritual nourishment. I wanted to share the love and the knowledge and hope that they can also help you find your inner peace. I will try and keep the wishy washy language to a minimum and not get to melancholy!

YouTubers

  1. Where is all began for me was with a humble YouTube channel that has grown to incredible heights and I can’t help but feel proud.

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Name-  Adriene Mishler

Channel- “Yoga With Adriene”

Things to note – Best for beginners to intermediates, people finding their yogi rhythm.

What to expect– Adriene had me captivated from the first time I sat down and did a 15 minute intro video with her catchphrase, “find what feels good”. It could not be more perfect. Adriene makes the videos easy to follow, simple and fun as she moves through the poses, encouraging you to learn as you go and find what feels good and works for you, she had compiled 30 day blocks, a series of sorts, which is perfect to create some structure. Fantastic for an intro the the breathing techniques too!

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2.)  As I grow in skill and confidence, I always look forward to time on the mat with this teacher, helping me expand my horizons.

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Name- Erin Sampson

Channel- “Five Parks Yoga”

Things to note- Best for intermediates to advanced yogis. She moves quickly through the poses and the practices tend to be longer and a little more intense.

What to expect- Erin is a wonderful teacher and if you open your heart and your mind, she can be a great guide while you find your Om shall we say. My sister introduced me to both Adriene and Erin and as my sister developed her practice so did I. We did a session together not so long ago and I practiced for the first time with “Five Parks Yoga” and it was amazing. The fast paced way Erin moved through the poses really keeps you on your toes, it keeps the entire practice very exciting- Your mind is entirely focused on the positions and therefore is a real escape from reality and the world around you. Highly recommended as a way to expand your practice, learn some new poses and explore. Her latest series is 10 minutes blasts which are perfect if you are busy!

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Yogi Influencers

  1. My first class teacher, someone whose ideas, thought and methods have stuck with me and someone I am continually inspired by.

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Name- Kelly Brooks

IG- @kellybrooksyoga

About- 18 months ago when I was lucky enough to take part in the Chalet Rosiere Full Moon Yoga Retreat, hosted by my friends Alex and Philip Volkers and I was introduced to Kelly as the instructor who would be guiding us through the week. I didn’t know then that I would continue to follow Kelly avidly on social media and still use so many of her incredible techniques in my solo practices. Kelly who is the founder of the successful “Klub Yoga”, she is no stranger to the London Yoga scene, where you will find her whizzing around the city teaching all over daily. If you get the chance to take her class, you will be mesmerized by her attention to detail, soft and nurturing demeanor. She absolutely sweats good vibes, can I say that? Well I am going with it! Be sure to take one of her Klub Yoga classes where she mixed the evocative sounds of Odesza and other deep house classics to her Vinyasa flow.

For More Info Click Here: http://www.kellybrooksyoga.com/klub-yoga/

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2.) Thanks to Sweaty Betty, I found her, a social media influencer, jewellery designer and all round source of inspo!

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Name- Cat Meffan

IG- @catmeffan

About- I am blown away by Cat everytime I see her latest updates on IG. It’s so easy to loose yourself, your worth, your integrity and everything that makes you unique when it comes to social media. However, Cat unlike many influencers, has remained transparent and posts with authenticity, again, unlike many others who jumped on the yoga band wagon in the hopes of gaining followers, Cat started out as a yogi and refers back to our deeply it remains a part of her. Her youtube channel is fantastic and again, her videos and relaxing and totally mesmerizing. She is obviously in very good shape and instead of making women feel guilty or pressured, she serves as inspiration. Her blog “ImperfectMatter” is amazing, well written stories, articles and mixing everything from fitness, food nutrition and travel.

For More Info Click Here- http://imperfectmatter.com/

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I hope you found this useful and that you too will start to follow this group of powerful and empowered ladies! Whenever you feel down, less awesome or just need a little pick me up, these ladies are my go to people. Through yoga, with love, you can lift your mood and learn to conquer the world. Okay, maybe not the world, but the day, and that my friends is incredible in itself.

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Positive Female Role Models In Snow Sports- A List Of Ladies You Need To Be Following

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Positive Female Role Models In Snow Sports- Ladies To Love, Look Up To And Those Who Empower Freeriders Of All Ages!

Be powerful, be bold, empower others and lead the way. That’s how it should be within the sporting world. I want to see strong ladies paving the way for others. The sporting industry is a mess at the moment, we have sports brands employing models to advertise fitness gear, we have less televised coverage of major sporting events not even to mention the lesser known events where women are involved. The constraints are the same in the snow sports world as well. Thankfully, incredible ladies like some of the lasses mentioned below are finally getting the recognition they deserve, largely through the medium of social media. Social media has helped these ladies inspire girls like me, I look up to them, I am EXTREMELY lucky to know some of them, to have ridden with them and get to learn from them first hand.

The whole essence of empowering other women, like me, or younger girls looking up to snow sports rider who for some, are the sports stars of their lives, akin to how some may idolize footballers for example- is we get that pang of excitement when we see their new post on Instagram, we want to know what they are up too and we see how they portray themselves and how they inspire other women, showing us what we can aspire to be. These women are my inspiration, they are some real bad-ass babes and I highly recommend, you start following them too!

Arianna Tricomi

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This Italian babe is as smart as she is strong. Arianna is THE PERFECT balance in how you can pursue your passion in sport and in education. Now a qualified Physio AND a fully fledged rider on the freeride world tour, she is totally killing it. She shows us how we can perfect the work life balance to achieve everything we want in life- NOTHING HAS TO SUFFER, YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL. Having just signed another 2 yr contract with Scott, I can’t wait what this bad ass skier babe does next.  FOLLOW HER HERE

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Kjersti Buaas

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Not the first time I have paid tribute to this epic babe! Kjersti Buaas is a real hero of mine. She is the epitome of zen, balancing a love for yoga and the outdoors with the continual pushing of boundaries in snowboarding. From park to the back country, she is truly incredible. Kjersti rides with power and grace and she is all about the good karma. Kjersti is strong, strong in mind and body, this comes from a genuine connection with the earth through yoga and exploring nature- this is a really special match. You can’t help but feel good about life when you follow her. Traveling the world with her own brand of effortless cool! Follow her here! 

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Marte Tveten

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Marte is the queen of Scandi cool, this Norwegian babe is a rising star and I could not be more proud of her. Everytime I head to her insta I am taken aback by the brilliant stuff she is doing! I am so lucky to know and love this lady, having ridden with her many a time, I know that she will continue to do bigger and better things. Demonstrating how girls can be just as daring, adventurous and boisterous as any male rider. She rips on and off her skis, she is sweet and just a genuinely lovely person. Follow her here! 

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Annika Farjh

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Okay, I may be total bias as she is one of my besties but you know what NO, Annika deserve EVERY bit of recognition she deserves. From just skiing around for the sheer love of skiing and freeriding to now pushing herself to the limits, showing the world what she is up to through her Instagram and her blog; Annika is up and coming! I see big things on the horizon for her, considering that Annika embodies the skier girl attitude. She is all about encouraging and pushing the ladies around her, helping my friends and I strive to go bigger and do better. Annika is always improving and she is a real force to be reckoned with! Such a strong rider. I cannot wait to head to Japan with this babe, together I know we can conquer ANY ADVENTURE. Sleeves up, ski boots on and we can head for the horizon. Follow her here! 

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Mirte Van Dijk

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Mirte is WANDERLUST! Following her is exactly what you need to see on a boring Monday. When I am home working in the down season, I look to Mirte for inspiration on how one can turn their passion into a career. From her love of ski mountaineering, touring, a general passion for the outdoors and adventure, paired with a genuine skill in photography and content production, Mirte has built a social media profile to rival the big names like @roundtheworldgirl or @erinoutdoors. Having spent time with Mirte, listened to her ideas and worked with her, I know she practice what she preaches. It’s this level of integrity and authenticity that make for a really inspirational person. Follow her here.

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Jackie Paaso

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Jackie is an idol of mine. Whenever we have correspondents through blogging or article writing, I always blush a little as she is just the most down to earth and genuine person. I remember when I first saw Jackie taking part in an audition in the film “Game Of Gnar” I know she was an incredible spirit. A rider that shredz with strength, endurance and fearlessness, watching her in the FWT is a real inspiration. With a deep affiliation to the outdoors, traveling the world along side her bae, the legend that is Reine Barkered we see some amazing stuff from Jackie. Not to mention is is championing mountain safety with her involvement with “SAFE AS” Clinics! 

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Alexa Hohenberg

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WHAT. A .HERO! Alexa IS girl power and it’s awesome to see. Again its not the first time I’ve paid tribute to this mega babe but Alexa needs more people shouting about her! Creator of the epic blog “Still Stoked“, Alexa is calling the industry out on it’s bullshit, she praises achievement, spreads the love and over all inspires women from surf to snow! If you have ever felt frustrated about the snow sports world or the fitness industry, Alexa will no doubt have taken your exact thoughts and written about it on her fiercely popular blog! I watch this lady like a hawk and I am always stoked to see what she comes out with! Be strong and confident, that’s what she teaches us!  Follow her her.

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Sian Lewis

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MASSIVE GIRL CRUSH ALERT! I knew Sian 6 years ago when we did our very first season in Cervinia and since then she has gone to do some amazing things in the outdoors and adventure world. Not just snow sports but if you want inspiration about traveling, lifestyle and how to be confident and happy in your own skin, Sian is the girl to follow! She is a bad ass journalist, writing for The Independent and the BBC as well as her killer personal blog, aptly named “The Girl Outdoors”, Sian is killing it. Sian talks about all the nuances of adventure travel for girls, the good, the bad and the ugly, inspiring and motivating. Get out there, get back to nature and enjoy being you! Follow her here.

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So there you have it, a short list of some of the most amazing lasses out there, (well in my opinion) but I highly recommend you follow them, listen to them, read all the material they put out there and let girls that are really JUST LIKE YOU-empower you to be the best version of yourself. No matter how low you may be feeling or how disgruntled you are about the images you are used to seeing, these ladies will restore your faith in #GirlPower!

Find Your OM In The Mountains At Chalet Rosiere In February And March

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Hello Everyone,

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I hope everyone is well. Last year, although the season was pretty turbulent with weather etc, there was one week in the season that stood out the most. It was a week of total relaxation, wonder and adventure and combining my 2 favourite things, Yoga and Snowboarding are synonymous with Chalet Rosiere. The deep house Yoga retreat last march was truly magical and now the countdown to this years retreat has begun.

This winter, working with the wonderful Alex and Philip at Chalet Rosiere  and the team behind their retreats, I want to invite all you guys to take part in this unique experience. Let me tell you a little more about the retreat along with some mesmerising images that will inspire you to join me and other like minded yogis.

“Yoga and skiing or snowboarding are increasingly paired together for their complimentary effects on body and mind. Our skiing and yoga retreats combine yoga and meditation with skiing and snowboarding, in the charming resort of La Rosière.”

The Location

Set just outside the main centre of La Rosiere, Chalet Rosiere offers a really special landscape and setting. The Chalet is picture/postcard perfect, the kind of chalet you image in romantic images of the alps, combing original architecture with a few modern fixtures that blend seamlessly with the mountains, the building itself is enough! The rooms are cosy as all heck, pair that with unforgeable views- it’s a winning combo. The communal areas are also seriously special! There is no better place to relax and unwind after a hard days skiing!

The Food

“We’re passionate about food. Everyone loves a gourmet holiday, but to make the most of a mountain holiday nutrition is also important. Mountain sports are energy intensive and very demanding on your body.

Skiing is all about the great outdoors, but when a ski holiday’s all about partying and overindulgence it can be hard to connect with the magic of your surroundings. If you’re looking to progress as a skier or snowboarder, or at any mountain sport, you need to be fit and in the zone.

That’s why we’ve designed two menus for you this winter, both with mountain sport in mind. Introducing the Gourmet Savoyard and the Vegan Detox menus. At our luxury catered chalet you will be able to choose one of these two gorgeous set menus. Both celebrate local produce and strong, elegant flavours.”

The Yoga

With a sense of mindfulness and self awareness, the retreats offers you the chance to reconnect with the earth. What better place to become close to nature than in the mountains. “Yoga retreats in France are world famous for remaining loyal to the holistic teachings of yoga. France is birthplace of bohemianism, the fountainhead of truth, beauty, freedom and love. Our yoga retreats in France offer a heady mix of mountain wilderness, holistic massage, a Vegan Detox menu, mountain sport and heart-nourishing yoga and meditation. We give you fitness without sacrificing soul.Our winter and summer yoga retreats in France are timed to coincide with the full moon. It is an awe-inspiring universe we live in and the full moon is a symbol of that wonder. Celebrate wilderness and adventure with us on one of our luxury yoga retreats”.

How To Book

11-18 March 2017 ~ Deep House Yoga and Skiing Retreat

Simply check the availability for the unmissable Deep House Yoga retreat by clicking this link- see what deals suit you! Everyone is welcome!

“One Of Us”- My Most Inspiring And Empowering Friends

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“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.” —Maya Angelou

Today I wanted to share with you, my most inspiring and empowering female friends. These women are next level. Along the way, I have met them, known them and learnt from them and that is what is truly beautiful. These days, it’s so easy to become competitive and see every female as a “threat”, this notion is ridiculous to me. We should cheerlead one another to ensure that no matter where you are at in your life that you recognise an achievement of your fellow women, then you will surely find that you begin to feel empowered and encouraged. Together we are a team, we are queens, total badasses and YOU ARE “ONE OF US”.

First up: Tijn Vuijk

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Tijn is an absolute babe! She has long since been one of my favourite freeride buddies. She has taught me to push myself further, workout harder, eat better and strive to reach my potential. Tijn thinks I am totally crazy and is always there to keep me grounded. I trust her with my life, you get to feel this way when you ride back country with someone you trust, you know they have your back! Right now Tijn is focusing on Yoga, fitness traveling far and wide to ride the most gnarley lines out there! Follow her on Instagram!

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Next Up: Annika Färjh

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I am so glad to know Annika! This season I knew I wanted to find a gal I could ride back-country with, a gal that I could share the amazing experience of freeriding with. Plotting lines, laughing, talking and looking after one another. Although the snow conditions have not yet offered Annika and I the best conditions, I am over the moon she will be killing it in the Freeride World Qualifiers this year! She will be making her debut in Chamonix, a resort she knows well. She rides like a total bad ass and she slays on the daily. This season will be epic as we get to share it together! Follow her on Instagram!12961548_10156782897265057_6139346731874128925_n

Marte Tveten

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Marte has been a pal of mine for a few years now and I am so glad to know her. She has been a really generous and all round top gal to have around. I have competed with her a few times and every time I was so impressed. Marte has such a wonderful attitude to life and to riding; relaxed, happy and ready for any feature that comes her way. Marte goes big every time and to me, she nails it! I can’t wait to hang with her in Verbier, absorb some of her good vibes and ride as hard as we can! Follow her on Instagram

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Kjersti Buaas

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Now Kjersti, although I have not had the pleasure to know her in person, she is someone I look up too. For years I have followed her snowboarding journey from freestyle to freeride and everything in between. She is killing it at life. Kjersti oozes positivity and good vibes, even through the medium of social media, I love reading about her outlook on life and how she rides day to day. Kjersti is another cheerleader for women and I love to see that, if she inspired me, she will surely be inspiring others to feel empowered through snowsports! So Kjersti, I hope for a day when we can shred together and if only a smidge of your awesomeness rubs off on my, I will be one happy snowboarder! Follow her on Instagram

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Alexa Hohenberg

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Alexa is so cool! Alexa started one of the best blogs I know, “Still Stoked”. The message behind the blog is incredible, sharing stories, talking to amazing women in the extreme sports industry and spreading the love. Alexa is a sick rider and I can’t wait to shred with her, maybe this season if I can get the pennies together.Alexa was the one who published the article that lead to one of my best performing posts about women just being wonderful and not feeling the need to show flesh for followers. Ladies, you don’t need to do anything you don’t want to do, be awesome, be you and ride wherever your heart takes you! Follow her on Instagram.

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Last but certainly not least- Mirte van Dijk

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Mirte!- What a gal, she is killing it. Mirte is the editor in chief of Taste Magazine which is a gnarly awesome snowboard publication. Mirte is also the sickest content producer, she has a real eye for photography. Mirte is a kind hearted and lovely person to be around, when I met her in Verbier a few years ago, I felt instantly at ease in her company, I guess that’s is a natural side effect of hanging around with someone who is the definition of chill!  Follow her on Instagram. 

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So there you have it! Enjoy, let me know what you think in the comment section below, let me know who your favorite female rider is and why? Who inspires you the most? Share and spread the love!

Peace ❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄❄

Progress. . . The F word doesn’t scare me anymore. It has a new meaning. . . Fitness.

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Athlete, What does it mean. “WHO AM I. . .I DON’T KNOW”. -Insert Zoolander-

It is a question I have pondered many times before. I always felt a little wince inside me whenever I refereed to myself as such, not truly believing that I was one. Not only that but thinking people would look at me and not believe it. That was why I wrote those articles back in November when I had a run in with 2 people who said I was “too fat” to be an athlete.

But anyway, I wrote that article, you know the one, if not scroll down to older posts “The F word” so empower myself and others. We need to strive for overall health and vitality and not an idea of skinny or some kind of body goal. This message is all encompassing for people who are physically fit and are damn proud of a high level of fitness but people pick holes in their body shape.

Well I feel like I can finally say I am past ALL OF IT. Call me fat or don’t. I mean those who do, will get one of my famous scowls and a speech about how they perhaps need to look internally to understand what drives them to comment on superficial things like body shape but even if people say what an awesome body I have, thanks but I am not sure I need you to say it anymore.

Yes I have lost a lot of weight recently, not deliberately but through vegan eating and a new workout routine, I have just become more toned and everything is becoming that little bit, shall we say- tighter. I am stoked of course, not because I wanted to loose weight so badly but because I am striving for better health. I feel so light on my feet at the moment and the world has become such a bright place, “Oh pipe down you hippie lefty”- right? People normally tell vegans to pipe down when we start to talk about this kind of thing but you are reading this because you are interested?- well vegan eating cleared my achy totally!- it has helped me create new muscle definition, I feel generally calmer, mood swings are non existent and I feel so strong and genuinely POWERFUL.

With the continuation of my yoga practice, meditation and a state of mindfulness, paired with the clean eating (well most of the time) and little to no alcohol has lead me to a place of bliss.

What I am ready for now is to hopefully inspire others to become self aware, mindful and peaceful from within. I am also ready to smash my up coming projects. I am heading to Lake Garda in just a few days, after that I have the volunteer trip to Malawi, then the Ski show and finally winter begins. All is well.

Join me on my journey and follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Add me on snapchat too: Angelicasykes

Filming, Riva Del Garda- Summer Training Edit

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Hey everyone.

 

I hope all is well. I am so excited about this project I have been working on and I just had to tell you guys all about it! I have created a brief for you guys to have a look at so you know what’s coming.

Now some of you will know that a good few years ago now I lived and worked in Riva at the northern most tip of Lake Garda. Last year I was of course in Bardolino but Riva will be where my heart lies. It is steeped in natural beauty and with a wealth of culture and undeniable summer vibes, I simply had to head back there for my next filming project.

This summer, I am making a real focus towards health, well being and vitality. Riva was always a place where  felt all those concepts came together. Don’t get me wrong, within the context on “Summer Training” I don’t train like this all summer, but the edit will show some activities you can do to stay fit and healthy during the down season. You don’t need the literally incredible back drop of Lake Garda for running, yoga and MTB but for the purpose of project, it certainly helps.

I will be blogging, Snapchatting and instagramming the whole week so I hope you beautiful people will come with me on my adventures. Add Snapchat “Angelica Sykes” and follow me on Instagram @angelicasykesuk.

I am also really stoked to hang out with a coll crew. With a couple of my besties living out there, I simply can’t wait to kick back and enjoy a little slice of summer heaven with them!

Summer Training Edit- How to Stay Season Fit and Keep Motivated During The Summer Months 🌊

Location: Riva Del Garda, Tenno, Arco.

Discipline: Yoga, Trail running, MTB, Paddle Boarding and Wind Surfing.

Theme: Pop Music, Social Media, Bright colours, big smiles, style and practicality, health and fitness- good food.

Collaborations: Vaude, Sweaty Betty, SunGod optics, Naturya, Fatmap and Bloc eyewear.

Social Media Platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Youtube, Vimeo

Length: 5 -7 minutes

Camera Equipment: GoPro 4 Silver, TomTom Bandit, Canon

Filmers: TBC

Photographers: TBC

Editiors: TBC

Music: ” The Work” By Rudimental and Beating Heart (I am close with the production company that made the record so I can use this awesome summer tune!)  Check it out on YouTube now!

Notes: Strong photography, emphasis on the natural beauty of the area and inner and outer strength on females in sport- big smiles and lots of love!

Layout and Over View:

This edit will be set in one of my favourite spots in the world. Riva Del Garda is drenched in natural beauty and is steeped in sporting opportunity. At the most northern point of Lake Garda it has ideal conditions for some of my favourite sports. I want the edit to show how hard athletes work in the off season to ensure they stay season fit, this means the summer is really valuable to keep you at the top of your game. I have myself been working on toning up and improving my muscle mass and becoming lighter in general so the activities in the edit will show how to make this happen. The brands involved are ones that share the same love- a love for the outdoors, staying active and being in nature. Sweaty Betty will bring the style element to yoga and paddle boarding, allowing your personality to show with big prints. Vaude makes eco friendly, practical and great pieces for MTB, showing how you can still show your feminine side in a very manly sport. Sungod make the best and most awesome sunnies, you can customise your lenses and frames to match your personality. Naturya will help me show the nutritional back ground to the theme; going vegan was obviously an important progression in my training however it doesn’t mean everyone has to follow suit, although diet and nutrition is massively important in complimenting a great workout regime. The food is incredible on the lake and the wealth of natural, fresh produce is ample- I am thinking fruity morning smoothies and lots of bright and happy food.

Day 1- Afternoon arrival. Jog along the lake front to Torbole then surf club for drinks with the girls.

Day 2- Early Morning Yoga, followed by Paddle Boarding. Wind Surfing in the afternoon.

Day 3- Steep up hill cycle to Lago di Tenno, Swim in the chalk lake. Evening yoga.

Day 4- Early Morning jog as the sun comes up. MTB to “Maroche”- my favourite route.

Day 5- Early morning Yoga by the Bastione (Uphill hike 25 minute for views out over the lake). More paddle boarding and cliff jumping into the lake.

Day 6- Garda Land and the Water Park with the team!

Day 7- Cannoning in the lakes behind Riva.

Home time.

Going Vegan, Yoga and My Summer Training-Part 1

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Hey wonderful people.

 

It had been just too long. I am so sorry I have been totally MIA recently, I have completely neglected my social media but it’s okay because it think it was totally needed. I was having a tough time at the end of last winter, many issue with my own well-being and mental strength and the future for my competitive career.  I was so eager to come home, get back to my sanctuary, with the family and in control of my own destiny again. So after a few weeks at home and I can come back to you guys fresh faced and ready to go.

Okay so I make a little check list in my mind, what I needed to address in my life in order to move forward and be the best version of myself I can be.  On the list was:

1, My out look and general well-being

2, My diet for building strength and training regime

3, Yoga and exploring the possibilities

4, Social Media

Not a very long list, but a list where all topics could lead to a happier and healthier me.

I will be talking over all these topics in the coming weeks but I wanted to take this particular blog post to talk about my decision to go Vegan.

Not one I took lightly, this is whole heartedly been the second best decision of my life, after deciding to take part in competitive big mountain snow boarding of course. I know I am only 2 weeks in but I could not be happier. I had a few courses of inspiration, the first were my good friends Ninni and Marta. These girls embody everything that is beautiful about vegan-ism and a general overall yogic lifestyle. These girls are beautiful, lovely skin, killer bodies but also kind natured, selfless and a pleasure to be around, I think being a vegan promotes a sense of greater understanding; for not only the environment but the value of life. The second inspiration was Full Moon Yoga retreat. Although, over at Chalet Rosiere you don’t eat exclusively Vegan, (we do have some light diary products)- the vibe, promoted by the gorgeous ex model and yogi Alex Volkers and her hero of a hubby Philip Volkers- they made their own probiotics, almond milk and explored the French Alps for the best health food shops, to ensure a balanced diet was served at their blissful retreat without needing meat or fish. Thirdly I discovered Yann Arthus-Bertrand- a documentarian, a humanitarian and my life’s inspiration. After watching all volumes of his documentary “Human” and then “Home”, a learned of the value of Human life, the preservation of our world and species, along with the enlightenment of our impact on the planet. With some self discovery, the realisation of my environmental impact came hurling toward me. Now I don’t have a car, I live in the Alps in the Winter, I recycle and I wouldn’t have said I was a massive contributor to the issue, but I realise it’s that mentality which has caused to much harm. Now adopting a Vegan diet to aid my summer training regime, I now know how to do my little bit to help save the planet; I save 1100 gallons of water 10lbs of CO2 emissions and one animals life PER DAY. To me that is more than good enough.

So what am I eating, well luckily my mum instilled within me a passion for food and cooking, safe to say I have not suffered. I have greatly enjoyed trying new ingredients and replacing protein etc with new experimental ingredients. Chia seeds man, who knew! I have attached some pictures so you can see:

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Home-made Granola Breaki

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Vegan/Glutan Free Beetroot and Cocoa Brownie

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Wild Berry Protein Shake

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Coconut Chia Pudding with Strawberry’s

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Roasted Sweet Potato, Avocado and Rocket

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Fried Broccoli, Pak Choi and Walnut Salad.

I will be sharing with you some experimental recipes and maybe popping some videos up on YouTube, but for now. . . . .

 

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you guys think.

 

Peace and Love, oh and FOLLOW ME ON INSTA- promise it will be worth it! Angelicasykesuk

 

 

 

 

The Full Moon Yoga Retreat with Kelly Brooks Yoga

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Yoga for snowboarding, a combination that has changed the way I ride.

 

I am so glad yoga came into my life, a force of peace and tranquillity. I started practising yoga about a year ago, in a time where I felt I needed something to help rationalise, well, everything in my life. After last season, I know my competitive career was a success, I still doubted myself, I still looked for gaps in everything I did, when I should have been commending myself for working hard and reaping the rewards. Yoga helped me look inwards, find the appreciation, the serenity and peace I needed. Separately this winter season where the success and failures in my snowboarding career have been totally different, I again turn to yoga for the support.

 

Yoga is a way of life, its not Jennifer Aniston drinking vegan smoothies, its not going to a class once a week and saying you got all zen from that 1 hour. Although, I’m sure Kelly would agree, everyone must be encouraged to take part and do whatever they need to do to fit yoga into their lives; but for me as a professional athlete, I don’t want to be a cafeteria yogi, I want to try and embody every aspect to ensure I have all the resources I need to be a better athlete. That is why the yoga retreat really changed so much for me. Being around similarly yogic people and embodying the lifestyle even down to the cuisine and the general “Vibe”, I wanted to carry it on to my everyday life.  What I mean is, exploring the options of a vegan diet, (as vegan as I can be living in Italy and being from an Italian family) certainly cutting out alcohol, allowing myself the sleep I need, being kind and honourable and doing all I can to really dedicate to my practice and clear my mind to let the yoga guide me.

But how does yoga benefit me as a snowboarder? I cant even begin to tell you how much. If I had to summarise my personal discipline (Freeride/backcountry snowboarding) in simplistic terms, you need strength, endurance and a sense of calm and pensive nature. Now, I had really only practiced Vinyasa yoga, but during the retreat, Kelly blew my mind to the wonders of Iyenger and Ashtanga yoga. These practices helped me explore new muscle groups, building on my strength, in the core and in the weaker areas of my arms. The yoga retreat helped me focus on my breathing; at the top of a couloir, about to drop in or while on a competition, I need calm. The focus on breathing and meditation has taught me skills I can use to really centre myself, I can think pragmatically and rationally but not only that, I have learnt to hold my poses for longer and really feel the power of yoga through ever corner of my body.

The retreat certainly inspired and motivated me. I am now equipped with more techniques to go forward into my summer season of training. Not only that but the retreat was sheer bliss, Chalet Rosiere have really got a good thing going, such a prime location, it’s quiet and set back away from the main hustle and bustle of La Rosiere, Ian the chef was on point, every meal exceeding the last and Kelly- well, Kelly is my guide, her calm and serene nature was just what I needed to discover my inner yogi. The combination of deep house too was incredible. Kelly has really given a lot of thought into exactly what house she chooses, eg. Odesza, a group that have very deep and contemplative music and beat was very helpful for when you are practising longer poses.

If you are lucky enough to live in London get yourself to her classes as you well see a new side to yourself and your yoga ability and if you have ever wanted to combine the incredible sports of skiing and snowboarding with yoga then you simply must join on the next retreat, it was a life changer.

In the mean time follow her on Instagram @kellybrooksyoga and the Chalet @chaletrosiere

Positive Body Image and Training Update

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So its that time of the weekly/semi regular posts. Things have been crazy busy lately between coming back from Verbier and going straight to Pila to work I am just now settling back into some semblance of a normal life. I am a lazy girl at heart so I have been craving for some me time, just sitting, no small talk no instgram, just either a book or a film and quiet time.
During all the fun days shredding around on the mountain and drinking beers with good friends and interacting with certain people, I have been thinking a lot about this positive body image. By that I don’t just mean me trying to be like my size 8 friends or trying to compete with people in town for who is the best on the mountain, I mean a sense of mental and physical comfort in myself. I have spent years never feeling truly right, truly comfortable.
People say that there comes a point in your twenties when you start to care less and not put so much importance on the opinion of others regarding who you are, but genuinely believing in yourself. That is slowly starting to happen, and my god its a long time coming. I am trying to nurture this part of me that sees me for how I want to be seen. Having the idea and the notion that athletes come in different variations of muscular form, different stature but none the less impressive.
Learning to believe that positive body images comes from mental strength and not just a physical. When that mental strength comes and so will the physical.
I used to think I had to hear someone say how slim I was or how I wasn’t fat or even have a boy acknowledge how pretty and sexy I was, but I don’t care. I just don’t, any more.
Success is coming to me in my career as I have begun to feel less inadequate. I now feel that if you don’t know; how hard I have worked, how ambitious I am, how driven I am, how impressive I am both physically and mentally,
then, well, you do you but you wont have me as a companion. I am awesome, I am strong and I am beautiful so that’s that really.
Training lately hasn’t been anything too exotic. It’s been my regular combination of trail running 2 or 3 times a week mixed with yoga sessions as much as I can cram them in, even if its a 20 minute apres ski session or an indulgent mediation session, I still feel it helps feed my soul.  In terms of on the mountain training, we are trying to ride as fast and as crazy as possible even if I do make rookie errors, like I did today- You can’t ride box on your toe edge. . . . . . I am trying to gather as much technique as I can to employ my #gobigorgohome mentality, readying myself for the comps in all conditions even if that means riding s***f*** which is what is on offer currently.
The next adventure will take me to Artesina Freeride Fest in just about 2 weeks. This will be the perfect laid back chilled environment for me to test some on my new tricks and put my new mentality to the test. Not only that but I am beyond excited to have my awesome roommates coming to compete with me. I know they are going to smash it, but together we can plan lines,talk cliffs and drops and take that mountain by storm.
For now, lovely people, have a great week
Peace and Love

Filming, Fatmap, Vaude and Mojo Clothing

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Hey Everyone,

I thought it would be a great time to give you all a little update on the All girls Freeride Project and my filming and collaborative work with Fatmap and other sponsors.

I am a little late with this update but better late than never right, plus its not like you readers hang on every word I say and are very disappointed indeed with the fact its a 2 weeks after the filming and now I’m telling you about it. Any who, before the beautiful and lovely Tijn jetted off back to Amsterdam for work, we drove over to Verbier to try and gather some footage for our film. We heard on the grape vine that the snow was epic and we had a small window before a.) The temperature rose and killed the pow and B.) All the lines became cut up. So off we went, and my gosh am I glad we did. Not only did we get some excellent footage for the snow covered mountains but also we had for one day, knee deep powder. I cant even begin to tell you how grateful I am for that, that one day was enough to keep me going until the real snow arrives; which is now due to arrive on New Years day which I think is rather poetic. After that first freeski day we hooked up with the hero’s from Fatmap to take part in the filming for their promo Edit. I don’t want to give anything away but this short film will showcase to the world how awesome the app is and how it works, all the features and why its the only Mountain App you need. Team GB Sam Allen, Tijn and I showed the Verbier mountain who was boss that day! The edit will drop soon so hang on to your hats and helmets!

On the sponsor front I could not be happier, I am truly blessed at the moment by the opportunity to work with some amazing companies, of which I was the up most respect and excitement for. First up we have Vaude, hailing from Germany and recently named Germany’s most Eco friendly company they have been designing and creating bespoke products for over 40 years. They take pride in their products, boasting an ethic that puts nature and sustainability and the forefront of their company. If you are like me and love the outdoors and the preservation and growth of our environment then Vaude is the brand for you- oh and the clothes are super cool, FACT!

Then we have the most recent colab with MOJO clothing. Joe has been bossing it on the apparel front for a while now, if you check him and MOJO on Instagram you can see, their clothes are so well deigned they are not just for the mountain. I like my clothes bright and bold and MOJO is perfect for helping both you and I show the mountain our colourful personalities. For that I am stoked to be moving forward with this innovative brand!

So on that note, thanks everyone so far for all your support, you guys rock my world. Have a blooming smashing Christmas and keep the stoke. Winter is coming I just know it!

Vaude: http://www.vaude.com/en-FI/home/

Vaude Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vaudesport/

MOJO: http://www.mojosclothing.com/

MOJO Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mojosclothing/