Welcome to a travel yoga for small spaces practice! The focus for this class is on grounding.
If you’re new to this blog or to my journey, you might not know that my partner and I spent about two years backpacking around the globe. For the first six months or so we hopped from place to place every few days, really doing the backpacker thing. It was an incredible way to see a lot of the world in a small amount of time. And talk about being pushed out of your comfort zone – 24 hours on an Indian train will do that!
After a while though, it got exhausting. Not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. We never had the chance to ground; to reconnect with ourselves. So after those six months, we slowed it down a bit, spending a month or so in one place before moving to the next place.
After a few months of this, one month of stillness wasn’t enough anymore; just as soon as we had the chance to ground our energy, we were up and moving again. When we arrived in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in September of 2016, we decided to stay put for longer. The money was starting to run out and we needed to recoup. To take stock of where we were at – financially, emotionally, aspirationally.
We settled here for eight months, with a break for the summer, which we spent in Ireland and Canada, and then returned in September of 2017. We’ve decided to stay put here for the next year (signed a lease and everything!), which feels like an incredible amount of time for us now, but it’s so needed. At least for me, I need this time to become grounded.
“Grounding” is a term that gets thrown around a lot in the yoga world. What does it even mean? To be grounded is to feel stable. To feel safe and steady. To know that you belong and to feel secure in your belonging.
Grounding is important because it’s the foundation we need in order to work on any other aspects of ourselves. It’s difficult to tap into creativity or compassion when we feel unstable. It’s hard to speak our truth or follow our intuition when we feel insecure.
This is first chakra business, as the Muladhara Chakra has to do with all of these feelings. I won’t delve into the first chakra here – if you’d like to read about the first chakra, you can do so in this blog post. But basically, when our first chakra is out of whack, it’s going to affect all of our other chakras. When we’re ungrounded, the rest of our being feels it.
This is not to say that we shouldn’t travel or challenge our boundaries. Travel is a beautiful, eye-opening adventure and I highly recommend it to everyone! What I’m saying is that it’s important to ground the energy, particularly around travel times.
The more grounded you feel right before travel, the easier it will be to come back to a place of groundedness afterward.
Travel Yoga for Small Spaces
So that’s what this practice is for. It’s a travel yoga for small spaces class. It’s perfect pre, post, or during travel – snag a corner of the airport and move with me!
I’ve sequenced it so that you only need the space of a mat to practice, should you want to take me up on that offer of practicing at the airport; or if you’re in a tight hotel room, or happen to live in a small space.
I encourage you to connect with the energy of the earth in this practice. Root down and ground yourself in knowing that you have a right to belong. You have a right to feel safe, steady, and secure.
Now grab your little corner of the world, and I’ll meet you on the mat ❤️