For various reasons, I’ve spent most of the past ten years on the road, either traveling or moving house. While this may sound glamorous, in reality, a nomadic lifestyle is no picnic. The simplest things turn into challenges when there is a lack of the familiar, and for some people even a short vacation can be an unsettling experience.
Ironically, travel is what led me to discover yoga, a wonderful source of balance and stability, which provides me with my own portable oasis of “home.” Now, wherever I am in the world, I look for places to practice.
Thankfully, the yoga boom has reached into the farthest corners of the world, and most cities now have a number of yoga studios and teachers. The problem is finding them and, crucially, finding the right fit. In your own town, where you can ask friends for recommendations, and where you know every neighborhood, finding the "right" yoga class can be difficult enough...
Now you’re probably thinking: she sounds really picky about her yoga. But if you’ve ever experienced the "wrong" yoga class, you know the kind of personal transformation it can produce as your expectant enthusiasm in the first Om gently changes into a feeling of mild annoyance by the 7th.
Your mind may pause briefly in the state of amused disbelief after 20 minutes have passed and you still haven’t done what you would normally call “yoga.” But shortly after that you will arrive in the very un-yogic state of angry or resigned disappointment.
So how do you find your yoga when you’re far from home? Basically, there are four options:
While Google can be very useful for a lot of things, I’ve found it to be one of the worst ways to find my yoga. Google has led me to some pretty weird yoga classes…
Consider this: when a class is described as "Vinyasa Flow," what does it really mean?
In my experience, it can mean 90 minutes of pretty much anything, including: