A friend suggested I attend a Bikrim Yoga class with her (otherwise known as hot yoga). She warned that I might find it challenging to stay in the room for the whole class, but if I stayed, I would have reached my first goal. Since I had done yoga, I was sure I’d be fine. Well . . . I was unprepared for how hot the room was @105 degrees! I stayed in the room for the whole class and was able to do most of the postures, and dripping with sweat 90 minutes later, I felt a great sense of accomplishment for having done so! I was impressed by how much more I was able to stretch during some of the postures. But, at the time, I didn’t think it was likely that I’d be making Bikram Yoga a regular part of my exercise program mostly because Chris Rose’s studio was too far from my house. As it turns out, a couple of months later, he moved to the beach, which is very convenient for me. I’ve tried to make it at least once a week since he has been in the 595-B Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach location. It is still the best workout I’ve ever had that can be done within the space of a beach towel! And about the heat — yeah, well, I don’t think I’ll ever get used to that! So if you don’t think yoga is a good heart-pumping exercise, try Bikram Yoga at Perfect Circle Yoga and Fitness (btw, it is named after the Yogi who invented it.).
As a member of Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, I attend my share of Business networking mixers. The last one I went to was held at The Pub Waterfront Restaurant and Lounge. I must say, the Intracoastal Waterway, where The Pub is located at 20025 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores is a nice breezy waterfront location in spite of its proximity to the parking lot. The food was exceptionally good and owner and local resident, Steve Wesphal, wasn’t stingy. I had hoped to get the gift shop owner to carry the audio CD version of Talking Points Tours Pinellas Beaches. But it doesn’t seem like a good fit since they carry mostly jewelry. Of course, if you’re looking for a great self-guided tour of the beaches, go to my site: talkingpointstours.com But, if you’re looking for beach bling, check out their gift shop which is the first thing you see when you enter the front door. BTW, Steve Wesphal will be opening a new restaurant, 400 Beach Seafood and Tap House in the fall of 2009. it is being billed as “Relaxed Coastal Cuisine.”