Yoga around the US; Find bliss wherever you are: Haute Travel

let the sun shine in...#OM

let the sun shine in…#OM

I am lucky to be able to travel around the country on a regular basis, and no matter where I go, I often try to find a yoga class during my trip.  Yoga for me has been a way to get better in touch with my body, and understand what it needs to be the most effective for my life.  Doing yoga around the country has allowed me to experience various styles, and understand what I like and what I should do to keep myself balanced and whole.  Like wine, yoga can be as different as the studio, teacher, style and experience, and it’s definitely worth sharing both internally and externally.

Here is a list of some of my favorite yoga spots from the left to the right coast.  (Note:  I will keep updating this post as I attend more classes to ensure we cover all the good spots.)

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#Friday Photo-cation, New York: Haute Travel

take a stroll on Commonwealth Ave

take a stroll in Central Park NYC

Happy August!

What better way to take on a summer Friday in NYC then with a walk in Central Park.  It’s a great staycation or vacation activity, so get outside, wherever you are, and enjoy the last (official) month of summer.

On fighting your fears: Haute Thoughts

 

sometimes upside down is the right side up

sometimes upside down is the right side up (me and my friend Jesse)

Fear is one of those amazing things, which makes some of us try harder and keeps others up at night…its all about perspective really.  I recently met a new friend named Bob, who showed me what one week of pushing yourself can really do to your perspective on fear. Bob was on my recent yoga retreat in Costa Rica, and while I was pushing myself on the mat, trying a few things I had never done, and feeling pretty proud, Bob was doing so much we started to keep count.  Listening to Bob’s nonchalant expression on doing so much made me think about how fear can govern our lives, and make our choices seem shameful, or let our thoughts take over.  Here’s what Bob did in one week which could be inspiring or daring, depending on your view about things.

  • First trip to Costa Rica (or Central America)
  • First time doing yoga
  • First time surfing
  • First time ziplining
  • First time horseback riding
  • Traveling without a watch or any digital device at all
  • First time trying a few unknown foods (which happens on vacation I suppose)

This list may not seem completely mind-blowing, but it does bright to light the topic of fears and how we choose to let them rule our lives.  Fear of trying something new, fear of changing paths, fear of getting lost, fear of the dark, and fear of being alone can guide our lives in ways we just can’t comprehend with our conscious minds.  But it begs the thought, can fears open up new doors to our unconscious minds and help us learn more about our inner selves?