Traveling Yoga

I went to see my family this weekend. I love to practice on their patio, but it was super hot (in the 90s) and I didn’t fit it in. I went for a long walk with my sister and her dog, then with my mom and her dog, and I did the Kundalini video once, so I kept up the meditative movement if not the Vinyasa. And my hip felt great in class last night, so it seemed to appreciate the rest.

(That brings the total for last week, Monday–Sunday, to 2 classes, 2 DVD sessions, 2 walks… and some horseback riding.)

I find myself confused about what to do amid minor changes in environment. Carpet versus hardwood floors. Lamps versus windows. AC versus none. This is a drawback about spontaneous or flexible practice. If I was an Ashtanga devotee, I’d be doing the same thing every day, regardless of the space. But in my parents’ house it’s laid out for another type of lifestyle, so I have to find a space and schedule amid that. I did manage one 45-minute meditation at my sister’s house, when I woke up at 9 it was quiet and perfect there. I’m a little undisciplined right now, overanalyzing which type of yoga to do, and ending up with none. It’s like an attempt at Butoh dance, which takes the shape of whatever environment it’s in. This idea seems appropriate for yoga — I’ve always thought Vinyasa is so popular in NYC because the speed and the challenge is a perfect match — but I think it’s a little too unformed for me right now.

I will say that Raviana’s AM/PM yoga was perfect when I went to Israel (I did it every day and had no jet lag at all) but I had loaned the DVD to a friend. A short series in the morning, to get your breath and energy moving, and a short series at night, to de-stress and clear the mind, is ideal.