Recently I had a magnificent vacation in Mexico. Sometimes when I travel my yoga practice gets deeper, longer, more full and thoughtful. And sometimes I find it hard to find the inspiration to practice, and would rather sleep in and then immediately eat my buffet breakfast. This trip I struggled with the latter. Let me tell you, those Mexican resort beds are so comfortable and the buffet it so good and inviting!
The occasional morning I would practice in my hotel room (and even got inspired to make a how to do Yoga in a Hotel Room video check Youtube). I could have beaten myself up and started feeling bad that I was not taking the 2 hours every morning, one should on vacation to practice! Instead, I started having a lot of fun practicing yoga in nature – at the beach, on a palm tree, on a bridge. All of a sudden the earth was my yoga mat and she called me to practice, to have fun, to do things I hadn’t done before, and to look for unknown yoga props.
This month in class we have been studying Sutra 1.2 which states Yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodhah: Yoga is the cessation of the constant flucuations of the mind. Many of us go through our day with our brains and thoughts turned on high (even on vacation!). When you start looking at HOW yoga calms the vrttis (fluctuations) for you personally you will find what aspect of the practice and WHERE in the practice that happens for you. For yours truly, it starts in asana (postures). So when I stopped during my vacation even for just 1 simple pose my mind and thoughts stopped, I took that moment to go within and pause. You see, yoga is so much more then what you just practice on the mat – it transcends to all aspects of life. What you learn on the mat you can take with you throughout your days, and drink up the morsels of nectar that present themselves to you.
In conclusion, would I have liked to practice on the mat more on my vacation? Maybe. But I learned a lot from taking those small moments throughout my day to go within while in nature.
How do you practice while you are traveling or outdoors?
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