The Sun Salutation

The Sun Salutation

This week’s AdventureBlog post is guest written by Leah Lillios King, owner of Kali Yuga Yoga. Thanks to the ongoing partnership between Kali Yuga Yoga and Lightning 100’s Team Green Adventures, Nashvillians can once again enjoy a season of FREE outdoor yoga with our Yoga in the Park series between June 7th and August 30th.

Each Yoga in the Park session is beginner-friendly. Whether you’re a yogi-master or completely new to the activity, this week’s AdventureBlog explains how to properly do the Sun Salutation, so you can get the most out of your practice!

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Our 20 Best Adventure Photos of 2015

Our 20 Best Adventure Photos of 2015

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so I’ll keep the intro short on this one. It’s always satisfying to look back on another year of adventures, Team Green’s 19th year to be exact, and take some time to think about the people we’ve met and the places we’ve been. To celebrate the year that was, here are our 20 best adventure photos from 2015:

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Valentine’s Dates for Outdoors Lovers!

Valentine’s Dates for Outdoors Lovers!

In case you haven’t heard, Valentine’s weekend is just around the corner. Coming up with something really creative is tough when Valentine’s falls on a weekday, but when you have a whole weekend to work with, your options open up! “Dinner and a show” is a great go-to in Music City, but you’re missing out on some amazing (and memorable) opportunities outdoors. This is the Adventure Blog, after all!

Some of the ideas below may require reservations and could be booked up already. It just so happens February 14th is on a weekend next year too, so start planning!

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Your Guide to Nashville’s Outdoor Resources

Your Guide to Nashville’s Outdoor Resources

Nashville provides countless resources to help the community spend more time outdoors. We partners with many local outfitters, including Nashville Paddle Company, Mountain High Outfitters, and Nashville B Cycle. If it weren’t for these resources that make it easy to rent gear, or for Metro Parks’ preservation of our green spaces, Team Green would not be able to carry out our mission of building a stronger outdoor community in Nashville!

Metro Parks is the back end of Nashville’s vast amount of green space. The greenways alone cover more than 190 miles of trails in Davidson County. More than 50 miles of trails are unpaved and designated for mountain biking, hiking and equestrian use. The goal of Metro Parks’ Greenways is to provide a greenway trail within 2 miles of every community, as well as to conserve green space, particularly floodplains and scenic areas along the waterways. Metro parks’ nature centers are open year-round and offer field trips, information on Nashville’s natural history, and access to expert naturalists to answer any questions you may have. Metro Parks also offers fitness classes through the Centennial Sportsplex and other neighborhood community centers, such as aquatics classes, dance, tennis and more.

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We even have our very own B-cycle stations – one in Hillsboro Village and another on Rolling Mill Hill just south of downtown!

Metro Parks’ adventurous opportunities include camping at Bells Bend and guided kayak and canoe excursions. In 2012, Outside Magazine named Nashville one of the “Best River Towns in America,” and Metro Parks is dedicated to offering activities for the community to enjoy and easily access these waterways. Even Mayor Karl Dean is getting in on the action, as his “Walk 100 Miles” campaign encourages the Nashville community to get outdoors and walk more…and what better place to do it than Nashville’s greenways?!

In addition to the places Metro Parks provides for enjoying outdoor activities, Nashville has many outfitters that rent gear to equip you for any adventure in Middle Tennessee. Check out the best places to rent outdoors gear in and around Nashville:

Nashville Paddle Company:  Nashville Paddle Co. offers short-term or long-term rentals, how-to classes, intermediate technique instruction, endurance race training, PaddleFit workout sessions, moonlight paddles, dragon boat race training on SUP, team building events, bachelorette parties and SUP yoga. With affordable prices, Nashville Paddle Co. makes it possible for you to spend your whole summer paddling! A portion of their proceeds is donated to organizations like the Cumberland River Compact to keep Nashville’s waterways clean.

Mountain High Outfitters:  Stand up paddleboards are available to rent for a full day or weekend-long. Mountain High also rents out backpacks, tents, sleeping pads and trekking poles for multiple days if you’re interested in hitting the backcountry but don’t want to make a huge investment in purchasing gear.

Nashville B-cycle:  B-cycle allows the Nashville community to rent bikes for a day, or you can purchase a weekly, monthly or annual membership so you can easily opt for transportation via bike instead of using your car. If you have a membership, each trip is free as long as the bike is returned to a station within an hour. Every additional half hour is only $1.50. There are 23 B-stations around Nashville, making the B-cycle program accessible to Nashvillians in several neighborhoods.

Climb Nashville:  Climb Nashville is best place for renting climbing gear and spending a couple hours climbing their enormous rock walls. You can also purchase gear, try out a fitness or yoga class, or enroll your kids in a youth climbing program. Their two new gyms (in West and East Nashville) make it easy to get your climb on no matter which side of the river you call home.

Foggy Bottom Canoe and Kayak:  Aside from easy-to-use and affordable canoe and kayak rentals, Foggy Bottom also offers primitive camping and river trips. They even have a specific river trip just for kids! Their location on the Harpeth River makes for a great day trip just outside Nashville.

Love learning about Nashville’s outdoor resources, but want to leave the trip planning to someone else? Join us in making the most of our natural surroundings at one of our upcoming events:

Buffalo River Canoe Float & Cleanup with Bridgestone Americas’ Tires4ward Program on Saturday, July 26th at 7:30 a.m. at Crazy Horse Canoe

Yoga in the Park with Kali Yuga Yoga at Centennial Park every Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Beginner Mountain Biking on Tuesday, July 29 at 6 p.m. at Percy Warner Park

Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga with Nashville Paddle Company on Sunday, August 17th at 10 a.m. on Percy Priest Lake

– Kate (Team Green’s Summer Intern)

Sweat and Socialize this Summer!

Sweat and Socialize this Summer!

Oh the good old days when we had recess, and working out meant dodgeball and roller blading…sigh. We were just kids goofing off with our friends, and we still burned 500 calories. If we reminisce for the playground days, then why not spice up exercising as adults? Healthy living should not require lonely, monotonous routines, mundane treadmill runs, or checking your watch every thirty seconds until the workout is finished. Turn happy hour into healthy hour and reap the benefits of making your exercise more social.

Benefits of Group Exercise:

You Just Might Laugh– Group activities push you out of your comfort zone to try new activities alongside others who have no clue what they’re doing either. Before you know it, you’ll have new friends you can count on to be your socializing buddies at every group activity. The variety of group fitness activities keeps exercise entertaining so you no longer are drawn to your watch. An activity with people who have similar health interests is the best gift you can give yourself after a long day of computer screens and little human interaction. You will be more likely to keep up your workouts if they’re fun!

See Improvement– Instructors design their activities for maximum effectiveness. The teachers are professionally trained and have knowledge that is impossible to access on your own. The directions in a group activity provide boundaries for safety. Instructors correct your bad habits and point out what you’re doing wrong to help you achieve your personal best.

Group Classes Never Flake– Group fitness calendars may start to read like your social calendar. As relationships grow through group activities, you form accountability partners to keep you from bailing out on exercise. Group classes are consistent, while offering a variety of twists relative to traditional exercise.

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Beginner-friendly– No prior knowledge is necessary to get involved with group classes. Social fitness classes open doors to new sports and hobbies that you would never discover on your own. When you begin a new activity, groups make it easy to hang in the back until you feel comfortable with what you’re doing.

Stay Motivated– Group fitness is the best way to ease into a regular workout routine. Camaraderie among your peers provides motivation to make it to class and challenge yourself to keep up a healthy lifestyle and improve your current fitness levels. Group fitness is a great way to bring your friends and family to activities to encourage them to be more active too!

Healthier All Around– The social support in a group makes it easier to lose weight, engage in healthier behaviors, re-energize, and improve your mood, according to a study in Psychology Today.

There’s no excuse to not try out a group exercise activity. Join Team Green Adventures for group fitness events like paddle boarding, hiking, yoga in the park, mountain biking, or archery. Team Green is strongly committed to your health and wellbeing and offers a variety of ways to begin making your workouts more social! Ring in the start of summer this year by getting outdoors, trying something new, and pledging to improve your health… with us!

 – Kate (Team Green’s Summer Intern)

Wa’SUP Fitness!

Wa’SUP Fitness!

With Memorial Day weekend finally here, it’s time to spend more hours by the water and less time indoors! Replace your indoor activity with the ideal summer fitness class: standup paddleboarding (SUP). Team Green is heating things up and challenging you to try our latest adventure. We’re all looking for more ways to enjoy summer, and SUP is a combination of exercise, stress-relief, extreme sport and simply taking in the beauty of our natural surroundings.

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Full-Body Fitness

While using your core to stay balanced on the board, you also perform a full-body motion to glide through the water. Toning your muscles from your upper body to your legs, paddleboarding is the perfect workout for building strength. Using your whole body for an extended period of time will also improve your endurance. You’ll be out of breath by the time you’re done, but you won’t even notice because this sport is so social.

You may burn more calories laughing…

Paddleboards are surprisingly stable, but acclimating to the feel of practically walking on water can take some time. Whether you fall in the water or stand frozen trying hard not to tip, this is a great sport to help you relax and laugh at yourself a little. If you really want to have a good time feeling silly, then paddleboard YOGA is even better!

Calling All Thrill-Seekers!

When it comes to adventure sports in Nashville, SUP is at the top of the list. If you are craving adventure or extreme sports, then paddleboarding will fulfill your expectations. Once you’ve mastered the basic skills of SUP, you can register for SUP races and other competitive paddleboard events. This is an adventure you can do your whole life and continually sharpen your practice. Paddleboarding will also help you overcome fears for other types of activities and empower you mentally.

Breathtaking Beauty

Sometimes SUP is just what you need for a peaceful getaway. You can just as easily make paddleboarding therapeutic as you can make it thrilling. Paddling slowly in the early morning or at sunset is a guaranteed calmer state of mind.

Join us Saturday, June 7th at 10 a.m. on Percy Priest Lake as we learn how to master the art of paddleboarding correctly. This beginner-friendly event will have you ready to try our upcoming paddleboard yoga events, or better enjoy our Paddleboard Sunset Paddle on Friday, July 25th at 6pm!

Our Paddleboard YOGA on June 29th is already nearly full, but no worries! There is another one scheduled for Sunday, August 17th at 10 a.m. with Nashville Paddle Company. No prior SUP or YOGA experience required for these events!

-Kate (Team Green 2014 Summer Intern)