Energy has to move. When one outlet closes it immediately finds another source to move through. Many of us, myself included, worry that we cannot sustain a practice when we are traveling. This last trip I did to Everest Base Camp in the Khumbu region of Nepal helped me reshape my ideas of what daily practice looks like. Usually when we travel we fall prey to those suffocating ideas that we don’t have enough time or space to practice. And I too became a victim of the time space villan; living in a plywood box with barely enough room for your back pack and waking up at 4am to begin your day of hiking. But even with these little contraints there is always time for awareness and movement. If I couldn’t practice in my room, I would practice in the dining hall and that usually led to other people joining me. If the dining hall was locked then a few sun salutations on the cold rocky ground just had to suffice. And when those days arose where a morning practice just wasn’t happening then you get creative and find other ways to incorporate yoga into your life and the lives of those around you. We did ALOT of partner stretching and back massages, which the porters greatly appreciated. Any kind of counting and breathing and walking added a great deal of focus to the start of my day and helped me stay grounded and unaffected by missing a full on asana practice. Enjoying the company of the people around me filled me with a sense of gratitude and simplicity. There is not too much to do in the middle of the mountains so make sure you like the people you travel there with! We drank a lot of tea, read aloud to one another, played cards and had conversations listened to with full and appreciative attention.
I embarked on this adventure with a dear friend of mine, her name is Steph and she is pictured above. I met Steph through Total Yoga. We started taking classes together almost two years ago in Singapore and the bond we created in those weeks has turned into a deep and loving friendship. Is it because we share the same values and ideas about life? Values that revolve around the principals of yoga? I’m not sure. But whatever the reason for our ongoing friendship, I know that Total Yoga is part of the glue that held us together.
My time in Asia is coming to an end and I will be heading back to the US in just a few weeks. However, my energy is forever moving forward and my practice can never be static. Energy always moves. Be aware of that. Breath with that. Walk with that. And you will forever be a yogi.