On The Road Program
ON THE ROAD
When I moved from Los Angeles to Bali in 2010, I had no idea that I would start a process of travel that would and has continued for the last eight years. In that time, I have taught in 30 different countries, most of them, multiple times.
I cannot count the air miles, hotels, Air BnB, trains, busses, Ubers, steps climbed, languages heard, foods eaten, rituals undertaken – but I do know that the thing that keeps me in balance is the short burst routines I’ve crafted to keep me grounded, strong, and fluid. This is the essence of my “ON THE ROAD” program on Yogaglo.
In 2012, I left Bali as a permanent base, and have had no fixed base for the last six years.
What does that mean?
It means for a few years I had suitcases in Bali, Milan, LA, and Basel. Every time I would return to one of those locations a friend would hand me things I had stashed there, forgotten, and carried somewhere else.
It means that I have spent more time on airplanes and in airports, and packing and unpacking than most humans. It means my yoga mat is the world.
And it means I need a yoga routine that can adapt and go with me anywhere.
Often short on time, space and props, this is the essence of what I have found.
WHAT DO WE REALLY NEED ON THE ROAD?
1. Grounding. Air travel, hoisting luggage, stuffing our bodies in small spaces and hurtling ourselves 30,000 feet in the air at 500-600 mph is tough on the body. Whenever I arrive in a place I need first to ground. To open and settle my cells back to planet earth.
The first 30 minute practice is for this: opening apana vayu (downward flow of energy) and the channels of the body that connect our roots back to the magnetism of ground.
2. Strength. Climbing stairs, leading workshops, meeting challenges, trusting in my core and intuition takes a bit of hugging into oneself. Tapping into the core allows that we have the combustive center to power and motor us through the challenges that come with life on the road, and digest experience as it arises.
The second 30-minute practice, dedicated to samana vayu (the combustive power of digestion and generative energy), includes longer holds and more rigorous poses to stimulate and keep us strong.
3. Fluidity and Adaptability. Different cities, languages, landscapes, architectures, and cultural biases ask that we open ourselves to the river of being, and let the slipstream guide us. Touching into the dynamic possibility of the body allows us to increase the range of our instrument as we meet new and unfamiliar circumstances. Every time I practice a dynamic flow routine, I feel more like water that can adapt to every environment.
In the third 30 minute practice- harnessing vyana vayu– the circulation through the whole body seeks to build on the first two. Here we create flows that move through different dimensions in space and categories of postures, to play the music of the whole body.
This triadic approach works. I wish so much for us all to be able to move steady and strong through the marvelous multiplicity of the world. My intention in creating this program with you is to share something you can have as a touchstone, wherever you go, a dynamic program that you can easily maintain as you travel.