April 21, 2017

Influence of Yoga

We had some friends in town last weekend and we took a little road trip to the town of Tequila, and then on to Guadalajara. I made it a point to bring a yoga mat with me, and not just to bring it, but to use it!

When we arrived in our hotel rooms, I unpacked my mat and set it out in a space I could use to practice. Each morning I made sure to get my ass on that mat.

Most mornings I just moved my body for 10-15 minutes and then sat in meditation for 5-10 minutes. This has been my daily morning practice for the past couple of months and I was very intentional about not letting travel disrupt that.

I found that this also changed my evening habits. I’m very much an early to bed, early to rise type of person, but for this weekend, there was an underlying “we’re going to party” feel.

I embraced the party vibe and stayed out well past my bedtime, but my alcohol consumption was significantly diminished from what it’s been in the past. I knew that getting on my mat would be that much harder (and more painful!) the next day if I drank too much.

So I limited myself to a couple of drinks over the course of an evening and then stuck to sparkling water with lime. I still had a great time and didn’t feel like shit the next day. Win win! If my 20-something self could see me now *sigh*.

This is what I call being under the influence of yoga!

 

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Natalie

I am a yoga teacher who focuses on bridging the gap between what happens on the mat and life off the mat. Yoga is life – it is meant to be lived!

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