Check Your Head: Four Ways to Get Ready to Teach a Yoga Class


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If you’re not a yoga teacher, you probably don’t understand the utter ridiculousness of our daily commute or schedule inefficiencies. Yes, we’re happy that we rarely sit at a desk for 8+ hours a day. And, sure, having weird times like from 2:00pm to 3:45pm off most days is nice (sort of). But, the reality for most teachers is that we’re hustling from here to there to teach our classes, sub other teacher’s classes, and (often) making ends meet by working a second job. Jumping from studio-to-studio and class-to-class can fray our nerves. This makes it difficult to settle in and be present for our students.

Over the years, I’ve acknowledged that, for most full-time teachers, this is an inherent part of the job. For me, I’ve acknowledged that 30+ weekends of the year, I will do something very similar: I’ll wake up before 5am, fly for hours before arriving in another city (usually in a different time-zone), commute to the studio and go straight into teaching a weekend workshop. I’ve learned to manage these realities more skillfully so that I’m as relaxed and focused as I possible.

I know that if I’m relaxed, focused, and prepared I’ll be present and I’ll teach a class that makes me feel good. These days, I have conscious strategy to settle in before class starts—even if only for a moment or two. Here are my four tips to check your head and make sure you’re ready to teach class.

Take a Moment to Observe Your Body, Breath, and Mood

Let’s face it, we bring ourselves into the yoga room when we teach. Yes, it would be nice to say, “I check myself, my ego, and my issues at the door.” But, the truth is that we usually don’t. Not completely, at least. So, pause for a moment before you teach—before you reach the studio if possible—and become aware of what is happening inside of you. If you’re unaware of what’s happening inside of you it’s more likely that your unconscious patterns will influence your class.

For me, the most common scenario where this plays out is when I’m jetlagged and fatigued. Usually, when I’m in this state I feel flat and I overcompensate by talking too much and making things unnecessarily complicated. Since becoming aware of this pattern, I’ve gotten better at realizing that I’m in a state where I’m likely to overcompensate to everyone’s detriment. Now, I can usually stave this off by relaxing and simplifying.

Focus on What You’ve Been Practicing Lately

I’m going to tell you something that most teachers won’t: my personal yoga practice is only vaguely similar to the classes I teach these days. I practice diligently. I have for a very long time. And, for the first 10-15 years of teaching my personal practice and my classes were nearly identical. I needed the time my personal practice provided me to prepare for my classes. Now, however, when my personal practice is too similar to my classes, it feels like I’m at work. I love my work. I love my practice. I just don’t love when my practice feels like my work. I did in the past. Now, I don’t.

These days, I focus on subtle details in my personal practice more than ever. For example, I might spend a couple of weeks in my personal practice figuring out how to decompress the superior/anterior part of my hip socket in every posture. I’m going to translate all this work into my public classes, but I’m going to do it subtly. I’m going to distill the key things I figure out in my personal practice into viable, easy-to-access instructions. I’m going to make whatever I’m doing in my personal practice a thematic and sequencing focus in my public classes. But, I’m also going to make sure that my public classes have a really solid, compelling flow that covers additional territory my personal practice may not.

So, here’s the bottom line: Your practice doesn’t dictate what you’re teaching, but it will inform what you’re teaching. We’re teaching an embodied practice and you need to be doing practices that keep you attentive to your body. As you develop your plan for class, begin with what has been resonating in your practice lately.

Have a Plan—Even if it’s just a Feeling or an Idea

Some teachers operate best with a clear, detailed plan for class. Other teachers are better with improvisation. Both models can work&emdash;and, usually, most teachers combine the two. Whether you’re a planner or a gunslinger, it is essential that you treat the class like a learning experience for your students and have an idea what you’d like your students to take away from their experience. Sure, you can leave yourself open to changing your plan, but have a theme, pace, and intention in mind before class begins.

Even better, make your classes part of a broader syllabus that reflects the body of work that you’re trying to teach as an educator. Creating a syllabus takes effort and time. But, it also helps you clarify your teaching objectives and builds confidence. Ultimately, having a plan&emdash;even if it’s just an idea or feeling that you want to communicate to your students&emdash;will make the experience of teaching easier and more effective.

Be a Good Host

Imagine that teaching a class is like hosting an event at your home where each participant has to pay $15-20 to participate. If you were the host of such an occasion you’d default to basic social protocol and be nice to everyone and introduce yourself. Remember to follow these basic rules for making people feel welcome in your presence when you teach. While you’re at it, do your best to learn your student’s names. Believe it or not, most students don’t feel terribly comfortable coming to a class if they don’t already know you. Students are often intimidated and somewhat intrigued by the teacher. Spend your energy putting them at ease. Not only is this the reasonable and humane thing to do, it will help you settle and focus on the students who are in your classroom.

One Hat at a Time, Ladies


Come January, we will a part of the “two under two” club. With this unexpected (but exciting) curveball tossed our way, I’m glad that I documented this first year in my new role as a mom; both the goods and the bads. Thanks to the partnership with Baby Dove, I’ve had the opportunity to share my challenges and delights as a new mom with you, dear reader. As I prepare for this new baby, I’m glad that I have these memories documented (and well photographed), especially since I have a hard time remembering what I had for breakfast yesterday, let alone six months ago.

Motherhood has fundamentally changed who I am. I’m not just talking about the obvious “mom” role, but my core identity. I’ve found myself surprised by the woman looking back at me in the mirror. Sometime in the last year, the Kate that I knew has been replaced with this new woman. Lately, this woman is trying to balance a very tall stack of china plates on her head while juggling flaming torches. I know some of us see a void where we once stood pre-baby. Some of us see a warrior with battle scars and wise eyes. Some of us see a one-woman band, playing six instruments at once.

What keeps me up at night, and it’s not the heartburn (at least not yet), is I can’t figure out who I am supposed to be when I wake up. Or what I am. Doting Mother. Adventurous Business Owner. Loving Spouse. Do I have to be defined or can my roles vary from day to day? Can I be all things to all people in my life? It’s enough to keep me hiding under the covers.

Most days I put on these hats in this order: Wife, Mom, Professional Dog Cuddler, Business Owner, Designer, Daughter, Friend and Confidant, Writer, Chef, Semi-Professional Lullaby Singer, Housekeeper and Personal Shopper.

I used to feel so proud of how well I was handling all these roles. I saw my friends (albeit a smaller group) on the regular, I was growing our business, August was happy, and Joe and I were connected. This identity crisis began when I found out I was pregnant again. Life was evening out. Joe and I had a rhythm to balancing work and baby; August was getting older and thriving with independent play; friends were once again dropping by. Life was good.

But all it takes is one hiccup in any one of these areas of my life, and everything else felt like it was spinning out of control. I started traveling more for work and BAM, 67 unread text messages and broken plans with dear friends. I hadn’t talked to my mom on the phone in weeks. I didn’t even know where in the country my husband would be at next. The clincher? August had started to notice when I was paying attention to him or not. He tips his head to the side and gets very still and waits for me to notice he has crawled up my knee and is clinging to my leg like a life preserver. It breaks my heart.

I don’t believe in finding the perfect balance in work and life anymore because it doesn’t exist. There is no perfect ratio of business to family to friends to make one happy. I find joy in building my business; I also find joy in being with my son. While often, these two points may often be at odds with each other, both round out who I am. And more importantly, what I need.

Over the course of this last year, I’ve learned to trust my way; to listen to that primal instinct on how to care for my child, and myself. This seems to be a universal theme amongst mothers. We learn that the only thing we have in common is that we have different experiences, with different solutions, for very different kids. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for motherhood, no matter what that expert from that best selling novel or your mother may say.

This season of my life has changed the way I think about myself and mothers. Gone is the expectation to be all things to all people. Gone is the judgment on parenting and accepting what works for my family may not work for yours. “Trust your way,” at the heart of Baby Dove’s brand position, has evolved into a mantra for me. Much like the little engine that could, in moments of doubt, this runs through my head.

It’s not in my nature to let things go or to not follow through, but over the course of this year, I’ve learned that it’s okay to not give 120% to everything. It’s okay to order takeout three nights in a row. It’s okay to wear the same leggings and tunic combo two days in a row. It’s okay to not care that the laundry isn’t folded and that the TV has been on all day. It’s okay to ask for help.

Not to say there isn’t guilt or regret, but it doesn’t do anyone any good to wallow in self-pity. As hard as it may seem, we have to make a choice. Not between work and life, but a choice to accept the fact that we cannot be all things to everyone, all the time.

Since accepting that one aspect of my life will demand more attention than the other at any given time, it’s made it easier to find the space for all roles. Knowing that I can take off my “perfect wife” hat for a night or my “serious business owner” some days makes it a whole lot easier to put it on the next day.

Thank you for sticking with me during this identity crisis. I’m happy to share a Target Cartwheel offer of $1.50 off any one Baby Dove product (offer expires 11/7/17).

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4 Winter Activities to Entertain You and Man’s Best Friend

Each year, when the days grow shorter and the temperatures drop, it no doubt becomes difficult to keep up with your usual level of activity and exercise. Snuggling with your dog while ensconced in a warm, flannel blanket and watching a binge-worthy Netflix series instead of braving the cold may be tempting throughout winter. However, […]

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5 Steps to Gratitude and Lovingkindness: Mondays Mindful Quote with Hafiz

So here we are, a day before Thanksgiving in the United States and so taking this moment while reading these words to really consider what you are thankful for. When we think of what we’re thankful for we often think of the light in our lives. Who and what represents the light in our lives?

The poet Hafiz writes in his poem “It Felt Love”:

How did the rose
Ever open its heart
And give to this world
All its beauty?
It felt the encouragement of light
Against its being,
Otherwise,
We all remain
Too frightened

This is so true. It becomes easier to open up and reveal our own gifts to this world when we feel positive loving encouragement within. While for some the holidays are a time of connection and being with family and friends, for others it’s a source of stress only reinforcing a sense of loneliness and difficulty.

Nevertheless, here is an opportunity to do a practice inspired by this poem that can help us cultivate a sense of gratitude and lovingkindness during this time.

Here is short practice to feel that encouragement of light during this time:

  1. Think of a person or animal who represents light, who represents a loving and kind presence in your life. This can be a good friend who is alive, maybe someone who has passed away, a pet, or maybe a spiritual figure such as the Dalai Lama, Jesus, or even the hand of God.
  2. Take a moment to imagine that presence here, with you, looking into your eyes.
  3. Now imagine that person saying to you, “May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm”, “May you be happy,” “May you be free from fear”, “May you be healthy in body and mind”. You can also create your own wishes and aspirations here.
  4. Now turn toward that person and say that with the same intention to them.
  5. Now imagine your family and friends with you (those who you feel difficulty with and those who you feel more ease with) and with intention, saying those same words.

Take a moment to just feel into how you are doing and whatever is there, just letting it be.

We all know that thanksgiving is just a reminder to cultivate gratitude in our lives. May this be a springboard for you to cultivate this sense of gratitude and lovingkindness, which even though it may come with some uncomfortable feelings at times, can be a source of much psychological healing and feelings of well-being.

I deeply thank all of you who have been following the Mindfulness and Psychotherapy blog posts and for interacting below as your posts truly create a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.

The 5 best places for street food in Rome

Street food is an art, and it’s becoming easier and easier to find throughout Italy, winning more and more fans: this quick, convenient and useful way to serve traditional Italian dishes is more popular than ever, even among the most skeptical of us. We talked about street food in Milan multiple times on The Blonde Salad, so this time, we are going to share some tips about our favorite places in Rome, where street food has been a thing for a while.
So, write down the location of these 5 places and… bon appetit!

 

1. Dar Ciriola (Via Pausania, 2)
If you don’t speak Italian — or Roman, actually! — you probably have no idea what a ciriola is: and that is a pity, because it’s one of Rome’s most beloved snacks! So, what is it exactly, then? Well, it’s a kind of panino, and if you go to Dar Ciriola, you can get creative, and make all sorts of panini, stuffed with anything you want!

2. Trapizzino (Piazzale Ponte Milvio)
Next! Now it’s all about trapizzino, a bland of tramezzini (triangular sandwiches, made with soft white bread) and pizza dough. Once again, the only rule is to put as much stuff into your sandwich as you wish, to your heart’s desire. The cool thing is, you will be able to choose your filling from truly Roman fare here: tripe, coda alla vaccinara (oxtail stew), and caponata (cooked vegetable salad.) Yuuuuum!

3. Er Buchetto (Via del Viminale, 2)
Don’t even think of leaving Rome without trying their typical panino with porchetta (boneless pork roast)! You just can’t do that. This typical Italian osteria is the perfect place to try this: enjoy it while sitting at one of their tables, having your sandwich with a glass of red.

4. Dar Filettaro (Largo dei Librai, 88)
Dar this, Er that… All of these places’ names are in Roman dialect, and that might be the reason why they seem to give you that warm, fuzzy feeling when you walk in. It’s definitely a feeling you’ll get when you walk into this trattoria, which specializes in excellent fried cod fillets — the perfect street food, to take away and enjoy while you stroll around the city!

5. Dar Maritozzaro (via Ettore Rolli, 50)
After all these savoury snacks, don’t you suddenly feel like you want a sweet? Well, then, that means you are ready for a maritozzo, a large croissant filled with whipped cream. And get ready, these guys serve extra large portions!

Rome
Rome
Rome
Er Ciriola
Er Ciriola
Trapizzino
Trapizzino

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Family Friendly Fun @ Universal Orlando Resort

I have been wanting to take my kids to Universal Orlando Resort ever since my oldest son (now 16) read the first Harry Potter book in 2nd grade and developed a love for reading…and Harry Potter… which he passed on to his 4 younger siblings.

Combine that love with MY love for roller coasters and theme parks and Universal Orlando Resort is a no brainer! It had something for all 5 kids in my family – which is saying something; we range from age 4 to 16!

I have so much to share! We had SO. SO. MUCH. FUN! While we were most looking forward to seeing the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, we had just as much fun exploring everything else this park has to offer…which is a LOT!

We only had 1 day to see 2 parks (Universal Studios Florida & Universal’s Islands of Adventure) and oh how I wish we had more time. When I go back I will definitely go for more than one day because even though we fit in quite a bit because of our express passes, there is a lot I wish we had time to see.

Let’s start with MY favorite part…the roller coasters. 🙂 They had 2 BIG ones that did NOT disappoint!

Rip Ride Rockit takes you STRAIGHT up and then takes you rolling and dropping and twisting like crazy all to the sound of the music genre of your choice. SO. FUN!

But my favorite coaster was the Incredible Hulk. This one starts you off FAST and it doesn’t slow down…you even go under ground at one point! I had a perma-grin the entire ride, both times! 🙂

While only the oldest of us went on these coasters, we all went on the Flight of the Hippogriff…my 4 year old so many times I lost count!

Ok we can move on now. 

The other thing I think Universal Orlando excels at is 3D motion simulators. We rode several of them, but my favorite was race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon. The wait for the ride was almost as much fun as the ride, almost. Totally entertained. Even my 7 year old is still talking about it!

They had some fabulous entertainment! Here is a shot from when we stopped for some musical street performers.

Just outside San Fransisco. 🙂

Some of us tried not to get wet on the river ride with our ponchos with varying degrees of success.:)

Another highlight played on my love for all things Seuss! Seuss Landing was so fun to explore, such a whimsical experience.

I wish I could adequately explain how magical the Wizarding World of Harry Potter was. From Diagon Alley…

to Hogsmeade,

This place was truly magical.

You step right into the books as you wander past dusty-looking shops, a cappella frog choirs, and beverage carts selling delicious, cream-topped, butter beer, and even the Firebolt.

The details. oh, the details. Just look at all these signs and buildings.

The Escape from Gringott’s ride was a mind blowing thrill! The technology that makes the experience is nothing short of amazing.

The insides were just as impressive as the outsides! Don’t you want to bank here…

One of my very favorite things was riding the Hogwarts Express.

Leaving Diagon Alley, heading to Hogsmeade. All Aboard!

As you ride the window comes to life and shows your journey in 3D! And it changes depending on which direction you are traveling. Hedwig even makes an appearance…so cool!

This train conductor was too funny! All the cast members we came in contact with never left their character.

Sipping some warm butter beer at Three Broomsticks sounds dreamy.

I fully expected Hagrid to poke his head out of the door and invite me in.

We were transported right into an epic adventure with Harry, Ron and Hermione while riding Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

I keep saying favorite. :)… that’s because I had so many favorites! I will leave you with 3 purchases we made that added to the experience.

3 happy purchases

First: Ollivander’s Wand shop

Be sure to go to the wand-fitting demonstration. This is where we saw our favorite “show” all day. Of course, it helped that our 14 year old was the one picked to be fitted for a wand. While our son did a pretty good impromptu show, the wizard who led this show on the spot, was spot on.

Finding a Solution for Pollution

Last week, Puget Sound got some bad news.

According to the latest State of the Sound, the biennial report that tracks the progress towards recovery, the goal of restoring Puget Sound by 2020 will not be met – not by a long shot. Untreated, polluted stormwater runoff continues to flow into Puget Sound, Chinook salmon runs have not recovered and the highly endangered Southern Resident orcas are slipping closer to extinction. With just 76 individuals, the Southern Resident orca population is the lowest it has been in over 30 years and is one of the most endangered marine mammal populations in the world. The situation is dire, and without immediate action, we stand to lose the most iconic and beloved species that defines Puget Sound and the greater Salish Sea ecosystem.

The Salish Sea Ecosystem

Southern Resident orcas need healthy and abundant Chinook salmon throughout their range. Unlike other orcas that visit the Salish Sea, Southern Residents hunt salmon, not marine mammals. These highly social and intelligent animals evolved to hone in on big, fatty Chinook salmon, and until relatively recently, there was more than enough salmon to go around. The Salish Sea, which includes Puget Sound, the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Strait of Georgia, used to support millions of spawning Chinook salmon. These salmon runs were the foundation upon which the entire ecosystem was built, and dozens of tribes and First Nations living along the coast also thrived because of the salmon. Sadly, development in floodplains, habitat destruction, dams and other factors slowly caused Chinook salmon runs to collapse. Southern Resident orcas were suddenly left with fewer fish to eat. Today, orcas are starving as they desperately search for food and nourishment.

The collapse of Chinook salmon populations is a story of “a death by 1,000 cuts.” Researchers have identified another factor that further stresses and suppresses Chinook salmon recovery: pollution. Entering the Salish Sea from many different sources, chemicals are toxic to the ecosystem.

Spoiling the Salish Sea

In the water, old, derelict vessels that have been abandoned by their owners can leak out disastrous quantities of oil, lubricant and other harmful substances used to construct the vessel or in the cargo onboard. These chemicals can injure or kill marine mammals, fish, waterfowl and other aquatic life. They contaminate aquatic lands, nearby shorelines and water quality. Creosote treated wood pilings, which used to support old docks and mooring facilities, also taint the Salish Sea. Coal tar creosote, a substance containing up to 10,000 chemicals, was commonly used to protect wooden support structures from decaying in the water. While many of these structures are no longer in use, the creosote pilings that once supported them remain, leaching out highly toxic chemicals that have been shown to be cardiotoxic, deforming developing hearts and inhibiting proper heart contractions in fully formed hearts. Exposure of salmon eggs to low levels of these chemicals causes health problems, including deformities, in developing salmon, meaning fewer adults return to spawn. Juvenile salmon migrating through urban estuaries are exposed to the chemicals released from creosote pilings, resulting in reduced disease resistance and changes in growth and metabolism. 

The largest source of pollution in the Salish Sea is polluted stormwater runoff. Stormwater is rainfall and snowmelt that flow over the landscape, gathering chemicals along the way. In many Western Washington communities, stormwater flows from our roofs and yards, into our streets, and directly into Puget Sound. Other communities send stormwater to treatment plants first, but during times of heavy rain or snow fall, these systems can overflow, releasing the stormwater into the Sound, untreated. While there is much we still don’t fully understand about the effect this chemical mixture has on organisms, it is clearly lethal to salmon. Salmon placed in collected stormwater experience 100 percent mortality within hours. Unlike derelict vessels and creosote pilings, stormwater comes from everywhere, making it a massive and difficult source of pollution to mitigate.

Bioaccumulation

All of this pollution contributes to the degradation of critical salmon habitat and has been shown to impact salmon at almost every stage of their life. The salmon that remain are highly contaminated – the Salish Sea is home to some of the most polluted Chinook salmon on the west coast. These salmon have been found to contain banned toxics like DDT and PCBs, cocaine, synthetic hormones and prescription drugs at dangerously high levels. As Southern Resident orcas consume the few remaining Chinook salmon left in the Salish Sea, they are also consuming all of those pollutants, slowly building up toxics in their bodies through bioaccumulation. The more salmon an orca consumes, the more toxic chemicals it consumes, resulting in a buildup of toxics. Bioaccumulation is particularly harmful for animals with long lifespans, like orcas, that accumulate toxics throughout their life and store them in their fat. At the top of the Salish Sea’s food chain, Southern Resident orcas accumulate incredibly high levels of pollutants. As a result, Southern Resident orcas are considered the most contaminated marine mammals in the world.

The pollution building up in Southern Residents impacts the health of each individual. Several of the chemicals found in orcas have been linked to severe health problems in marine mammals, including reproductive impairments, skeletal abnormalities, immune system disruption, endocrine disruption, liver damage, thyroid dysfunction and certain types of cancers. The problem of toxic contamination in Southern Residents is further exacerbated by the lack of salmon. During lean times, all marine mammals rely on the fat stored in their blubber to give them the energy they need. Sadly, Southern Resident orcas are forced to rely on their blubber all too often. This fat is filled with pollution, and as the whales metabolize their fat reserves, they flood their bodies with these toxics. Even worse, nursing mothers use their toxic fat to make milk for their newborn calves. A recent study showed that the chemical load in a first-time mother orca is extremely high and decreases with each subsequent birth. By the time the whale has a low contamination level, the female may have experienced several births and calf deaths, effectively shortening a female’s reproductive ability by five or more years. In a slow-to-reproduce and already depleted population, this significantly affects the future of Southern Resident orcas.

An Emergency Response

Preventing the extinction of Southern Resident orcas requires an emergency response from us, and action needs to be taken from individual lifestyle changes to greater investments from governments (local, state, and federal). Fortunately, Washington’s Governor, Jay Inslee, has recently called for a response that will require a variety of actions.  And reducing toxic pollution in the Salish Sea should be one of them. By removing sources of pollution, like derelict vessels and creosote pilings, and reducing the amount of stormwater runoff entering the Salish Sea, we can both increase the number of salmon available for orcas and reduce the bioaccumulating toxic chemicals.

We know that our orcas are sick and starving. Defenders know what the problems are, and we know how to solve them. Efforts to clean up the Salish Sea are already underway in Washington, and with bold leadership from Governor Inslee and other leaders throughout the state, we can expedite clean-up efforts and prevent Southern Resident orcas and their salmon prey from disappearing forever.

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Formentera Travel Guide

Exploring the Isle of Formentera… It was like a dream!

There’s probably a few places your mind wanders to when it’s grey and gloomy… As soon as I set foot on Formentera I knew that it would be etched in my mind, and haunt all my rainy humpdays forevermore. Meaning, it was the most magical, sparkling and dreamlike place I’ve ever been! A short ferry away from Ibiza, once you arrive it feels worlds away, without the glitz and intense nightlife of Ibiza. Instead, it has rustic farmland and whitewashed villages all surrounded by the clearest blue water you’ve ever seen. Throw away your filters because you won’t need them! If you’ve been partying it up in Ibiza, a trip to Formentera is the perfect antidote. Admittedly there’s not a heap to do there, but cycle around, wallow in the vibrantly blue water and feast on paella. But something about the fact that you don’t have an overflowing itinerary makes it all the more magical. Read on for what we did!

Stay  & Go

The only way to get to Formentera is by ferry from Ibiza… Orrr by massive superyacht, many of which you will see speckling the horizon. We opted to leave out yacht at home (ha!) and grab the public ferry. We did a day trip to Formentera rather than staying on the island itself so did the return trip in a day, leaving around 10am and coming back at 6pm. If you want to do a day trip, it’s easy to get a ferry from the Ibiza Port – they leave every hour and it only takes about 35 minutes to get there, you don’t need to book either. If you want to stay there, there’s only a few hotels but lots of airbnb and agrotourismo (farms that offer bed and breakfast).

See & Do

Hire a bike or a scooter and explore the dry backroads and traditional farms of the island. For our day trip we hired bikes near the port and did a loop of the island, up to Es Calo and back to Playa de Illetas. it was about a 20km round trip and quite hot so a scooter or a car might suit you better if you prefer a more relaxing pace.

Drive or ride up the mountain to the lighthouse at Pilar de la Mola, for a view down across the island.

While away the day on the picture-perfect beach of Playa de Illetas, a long finger of sand on the north end of the island. This beach is a great option if you don’t want to venture too far from the ferry and is connected to the port town by a gorgeous coastal path.

Dive in at Es Calo – a rocky shoreline with the most gorgeous sparkling blue water I have ever seen!

Explore the old town of Sant Francesc Xavier.

Eat & Drink

Full disclosure… My number one priority on these trips is to eat an amazing lunch.  Hence I tend to research every possible option, googling every nook and cranny of the place. After researching till my fingers were very sore I decided on Es Calo Restuarant, and we hightailed it from the ferry, jumped on a bike rode like mad to get there before it got busy… We noticed that restaurants tend to be either booked or fill up really early, so there was no dawdling on this one. And we were in luck, we got a lovely table and it was the most delicious and enjoyable lunch of the trip, looking at at the blue water and gorgeous cliffs… Even if I was completely sweaty and windblown from the ride 🙂

If you visit the main town of Sant Francesc Xavier, check out  S’Abeurada de Can Simonet for authentic Spanish dishes.

Eat a yummy breakfast in a delightful courtyard at Ca Na Pepa.

Check out relaxed beach club Beso Beach, a great option if you don’t want to go too far from the ferry.

On our way back to the ferry we had a last drink at Es Moli de Sal, a lovely spot for lunch near Playa de Illetas.


 

Playa De Illetas

Walls of cacti.


Imagining this was my little place.


Ben’s always waiting for me to take the pics!


Ben all smiles 🙂

Such gorgeous coastline!


Never not snapping cacti.


The simple life.

Arriving back in Ibiza with a view of the old town.

In this post I’m wearing a dress from The Slow Mode and a bikini from Peony Swimwear.

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