Banjo playin’ cowboys on a farm in the South; that’s the image that came to mind when I first thought of Bluegrass music. Boy, was I pleasantly surprised… This past weekend I was able to enjoy an experience that has forever evolved my understanding of this rising genre of music; The Bluegrass Situation. (more…)Thank you for visiting the Swell blog. Visit us on www.facebook.com/swell for more exclusive fan offers, giveaways and more.
The Art of the Microadventure A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall.
My life sometimes feels like one, big, long, ridiculously wonderful adventure—but there are times I feel almost guilty about it. Why is that I find myself sleeping under the stars by a campfire every weekend? How is it that I spend my weeknights running through a forest or rock climbing at sunset?
Ok, having a Sprinter helps. But here’s the thing: I’m no trust fund baby. I work full time. I have a house to clean, dogs to feed, bills to pay, and grass to mow. I think the secret is that I’ve mastered the art of the microadventure. (more…)
The end of summer always bums me out, I hate to put away my bikinis and sandals and retreat indoors. But when I feel that first hint of crispness in the air I get a nostalgic excitement that comes along with fall. The change of seasons is always a good time to adjust habits and reprioritize, especially after the carefree buzz of summer. As we move into fall it is great to slow down and take cues from the shift in weather. (more…)
Yoga for Adrenaline Junkies A series on finding adventure, stoke, and a killer workout in the Great Outdoors by Johnie Gall
I’m not ashamed to admit that I get bored when I practice traditional yoga. I used to sit on my mat, choking on incense, wondering when my mind would stop drifting to “Oh no, yoga farts!,” just waiting for the day when Downward Facing Dog would actually feel like a resting pose. Why was I the only one would couldn’t get the hang of this yoga thing?
Then I decided to make my own form of yoga, and everything changed. I got creative, got outdoors, added in some exercise, and made it a challenge. Suddenly, I understood what it felt like to flow through poses and feel refreshed when I finally stepped off my mat. Even if you find your “om” doing high-octane activities, there’s still a way to pack a punch into your yoga routine. Here are some ideas: