My yoga routine has been slightly easy the last few days. I wake up. I drink a cup of coffee. I start my practice.
I've been excited.
This morning, though, was a little harder... I didn't want to wake up. But I reminded myself I'm on a challenge.
And I'm going to conquer it.
Being a runner has ruined my hamstrings. I can barely touch my toes.
It's discouraging, yes, because I just want to be able to bend down in a graceful manner. But then I'm also reminded of what my hamstrings can do while they are running. And though being tight is only a temptation for injury, I remember I'm a runner at heart.
And most of us cannot touch our toes.
However, healing my hamstrings is part of the journey. So I stretch on.
I have a slight disruption in my routine though. Music Man and I had to make an overnight to my hometown, sadly, for a funeral. We lost a very dear family friend on Friday, but we are rejoicing because he is dancing with the Lord right now.
But it got me thinking. Summer is often a big time of travel, for many many reasons, and so often our exercise routines end when our travel plans begin. If you're like me, maybe you pack your sports bra, a tshirt, shorts, and your running shoes, but never find time to hit the pavement. Or you bring your travel mat along, and it ends up laying in the hotel room corner for the week.
But today is different. This morning I packed up my yoga mat, clothes, and No OM Yoga so I can practice a sequence in the morning while we stay at my parents. It will be in a different house, probably with more people around, but conquering this challenge is about making time and committing. (Plus, my parents DO have a coffee maker!)
I have a cousin who mentioned to me that her family travels a lot during the summer, and often finds it hard to keep her practice a routine (and she's a certified yoga instructor!). She's decided to visit different yoga studios in every city she stops in.
This tiny town, unfortunately, doesn't have a yoga studio. So it will be me, the living room, my mat and my book.
But visiting studios is something to keep in mind for travel down the road.
For you : Here's an article, The Grounded Traveler, with some tips on making your trips a little more relaxing and incorporating yoga into your travel.
How will you keep your practice up while away from home?