Yoga on the Road

Good Day Friends! As of today, I’ve been traveling across the United States for just over six weeks. Keeping up with a regular yoga practice has been a humbling, yet joyous, learning experience. One of the biggest lessons I have learned (and am still working on) is that not having a studio for practice is not an excuse to skip practice.

Between Capoeria classes, pot-lucks, and trail runs, my yoga asana practice has slowed down a bit. I am enjoying a break from regular practice and allowing my body to be challenged through other physical endeavors. In the attached video, I demonstrate one of the ways I try and squeeze in some yoga whether I’m on the road or off. Have a great day! Namaste -George-

How to Make a Green Smoothie on the Road

“I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I’m going is what inspires me to travel it.” -Rosalia de Castro- (Galician romanticist writer and poet)

I am currently touring my way across the United States and having a blast! As adventures continue to cross my path, the people I’m spending my time with are making my experiences memorable. Aside from learning to navigate a vast expanse of road ways and foreign cities, I am also having a fun time experiencing life on the road while trying to eat a vegan and mostly raw diet. One of my favorite foodie experiences thus far has been making a green smoothie at a highway rest area (Limestone Rest Area in Illinois). Enjoy the video and continue to enjoy life! More adventures coming soon… Namaste! -George-

Keeping to the Essentials-A Review of Lululemon’s Yoga Shorts

In lue of an upcoming move to much warmer climate, I have been reducing the amount of my clothes that I own (among other possessions).

Keeping a small inventory of clothes is essential for both short and long term travel. One obvious benefit of having few clothes is the simple fact that the less you have to wear, the less you have to wash. A small chocolate stain on your favorite t-shirt is a great conversation starter and a fun reminder for you to eat more chocolate! (raw and organic of course).
The clothes that have stood the test of to keep or to donate, are all clothes that I love and wear often. When I traveled Thailand this past January I had three shirts and I wore one of them more than 80% of the time (I was abroad for 34 days). With this rant on clothing, I want to talk about some new yoga apparel that I recently introduced into my possession and intend on using often (washing when needed-clean clothes do make a nice first impression). Read on for a review of some great new yoga shorts by Lululemon Athletica.
A Review of the “Response Short” by Lululemon Athletica
  • I recently acquired a pair of Lululemon Athletica “Response Short” yoga shorts. Being that I spend anywhere between 10-25 hours a week in the yoga studio, I have become pretty picky about my practice attire. If had to use few words to describe my overall impression of these shorts thus far…these shorts are great.
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Have you got too much stuff?

When thinking about the trip that I’m planning for the end of this month (never driven cross-country), I am faced with the dilemma that plagues any would be road tripper-What do I do with all my stuff?
Since incorporating yoga and some its’ values into my life, I have come across the principal of non-attachment on several occasions (one of the Sutras of Patanjali). When thinking of non-attachment, one can apply this ideology towards relationships, diet, and…stuff!
Material possessions can burden an individual just as much as anything immaterial. Old clothes, antiques, furniture, sporting equipment, and plenty of other stuff can hold onto feelings that are no longer a part of your life. When I started to eat primarily raw foods, I donated all the cooked food stuff I had. This was a great way for me not to constantly be temped to eat the stuff I decided I no longer wanted to consume. Stuff holds associations to the type of person you were when you decided to bring that stuff into your life (this can be good or bad depending on your perspective).
While deciding what stuff to get rid of, there are two common excuses that run through people’s head:
  • Just In Case-The “just in case excuse“, also known as I “you never know when you might need this” is the most common of all. Tattered t-shirts, worn out shoes, old newspapers…are all possessions that fall victim of this “someday” scenario. Continue reading

What excuse do you have not to travel?

...yes this picture is real (I took it). Good Yoga happened on that day

Before embarking on a trip across the world, most people have two common excuses:

  • I don’t have enough money.
  • Isn’t that place dangerous?

I can’t ensure a plentiful bank account after a trip to Capetown, South Africa during World Cup Celebrations, but I can guarantee that you’d be able to spend an extended vacation of over a month in Nai Harn, Thailand while spending less than you would in a week in South Beach, Miami. During January and February of this past year, I was able to explore the temples,  national parks, night life, and …yes beaches of various parts of Thailand while breaking down both assumptions of needing reserves of dollars to survive (total trip cost, including air fare ($860 Round Trip from JFK) was less than $2000 for just under 6 weeks) and encountering life threatening situations (other than some incredibly spicy Pad Thai Noodle Dishes-be weary of asking for “Extra Spicy”).
To help explain the insights I gained during my jaunt around Thailand, and possibly help encourage would be vagabonds, I have come up with five lessons to keep in mind while contemplating temporary (or permanent) overseas relocation:

  1. The internet is everywhere-Internet cafes are exploding in popularity world wide.  I recommend not spending excess time with your email or facebook, but rest assured, you can stay in touch if you choose to. Internet speed is fast enough to maintain comfortable Skype conversations at usually under $1 an hour. The internet is also a wonderful resource to book hostels or hotels. Affordable accommodations can also be found through talking with other travelers who rave about a certain hidden gem. Most nights in Thailand were spent in Guest Houses that cost less than $5 a night. Continue reading