Yoga seemed to be the theme of the day. With Brisbane’s CBD taken over by Wanderlust’ing yogis, we took to the nearest mountain for our own spin on things. Mt Coot-Tha’s iconic climb certainly got the legs and lungs going, but the social pace and supportive bunch ensured everyone made it to the lookout. We paused for a quick photoshoot overlooking the city, before blitzing down the descent – the wind in our faces had never felt so good!
Sarah from Brisbane Yoga Space awaited us in the lush Walkabout Creek Discovery Centre, taking us through an outdoor Bikram yoga session thanks to Brisbane’s humidity (they might be onto something!). Typical of a Liv social ride, there were more giggles than Zen, before we stepped away from our mats for some eagerly awaited smoothies.
If you live in Melbourne, or are casually familiar with our fair city, then you know about the ‘weather tourettes’ - or as I like to put it, four seasons in one sentence. With a fun morning of cycling, yoga and smoothies planned I had desperately performed an interpretive sun dance the night before to hold off the forecast ‘chance’ of a shower.
Maybe I got my dances mixed up? Instead of the slight chance of a shower we were banking on, we got a torrential downpour that lasted the whole morning. Those who braved the long ride through the puddles from the carpark figured that was enough for one day, and we retreated to the warmth of the cafe for a coffee and a chat.
Although the ride was not to be, over a coffee – or 3 – we made plans for drier days, sharing our cycling bucket list for the year ahead. New routes and destinations were pondered, leaving me seriously inspired. It was almost enough to want to ride home… almost.
Onto the yoga component and, as relaxing as it was, there were a few moans and groans here and there (largely from me) as we tried to stretch our cold, cocooning bodies into position. I can also confirm that neither the ‘nestled cocoa’ nor the ‘sedentary snooze’ are valid yoga positions. But they should be.
After all the drama of Brisbane and Melbourne, you’ll be happy to hear that Sydney went off without a hitch. Forever the conservative wunderkinds, we planned for every eventuality early, including finding a last-minute non-yoga yoga studio right on 5pm closing time the night before. You know, just in case it (almost certainly) rained...
Come Saturday - and we were blessed with ideal conditions for a tour de Sydney, taking in Hyde Park, leafy inner city suburbs, the eastern beaches, Sculptures By The Sea, Bondi and more. Cycling heaven, with a seasonal show to boot.
Bringing it home
Our well-planned, last-minute emergency yoga room proved a stroke of genius. Airy, drenched in light and looking out onto a beautiful garden - we couldn’t imagine a better place to relax and strike a pose.
Our event ended with food platters, coffees and fruit smoothies amongst friends old and new - as another perfect Sydney afternoon beckoned.
Brisbane - Adam Weathered
Sydney - Ben Cirulis/Fotografija
Melbourne - Courtney Henry