Having your own yoga practice means taking it on the road sometimes. Realizing that home is where I roll out my mat allows me to see both spaces and my practice in a new and different way.
Sometimes taking my practice with me means eking out a strip between a hotel bed and a wall, a sidewalk, a deck overlooking a garbage bin, a patch of grass with lots of traffic nearby. I've gotten pretty comfortable with yoga-ing in public, partly by realizing that most people don't do more than glance. My yoga-paws come in super handy in many of these situations, but sometimes being on the road means getting to roll out my favorite Manduka in settings of such wonder and beauty that my everyday practice feels like the luxury it is.
Recently we spent a couple of days at a hot springs resort we love and I was able to roll out the Manduka on the deck you see in the photo here at Riverbend in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. One morning I practiced while an osprey hunted and then preened. The life of the mountain and river became backdrop for vinyasas and headstands and the sky my blanket for corpse.
Practicing out of doors is a particularly vivifying experience; it highlights how I usually interact with my environment to create balance even in the most basic standing poses. How would you like to have practice here?
Would you like to join a retreat in late spring 2014 when the air is the perfect mix of warm and lovely? Morning and evening yoga and meditation are supported by soaking in the healing hot spring water, beautiful vistas and relaxed, calm environment and people. Great food around and even a grill on the patio! Who's IN?!?!