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Have Mat Will Travel


When traveling it is easy to fall off the wagon of your practices. Be it yoga, running, tennis, etc. No matter if you are away for vacation or work it can be hard to fit in time for your health and wellness. I’ve been lucky enough to be traveling between Lake Tahoe and San Francisco for the last week and have needed to make adjustments to my daily routine. When at home I have my meditation and yoga already engrained in my daily life. Sometimes when away, even if it is for vacation it seems easier to opt out of a class and drink some prosecco! Here are three tips to help keep you balanced while traveling (mat not required).



3 Live Light Tips:

1. Take a dog, a puppy dog pose that is.

Although, I do travel with my little puppy I’m talking about the yoga pose “puppy dog”. This can be done anytime anywhere. All you need is a wall, back of a chair, or even a friend to lean on. It is the same shape as a downward facing dog, but your hands are on a wall instead of the floor.

2. Breathe deeply, and often.

No matter if you are online to buy coffee, waiting to check in for your flight, or sitting having drinks with friends. Take a moment to pause and breathe deeply. You can stay put or head to the bathroom and breath three times in through your nose and out your mouth. Fill your lungs fully and then expel excess air. You’ll quickly feel better after a few deep belly breaths.

3. Stay in bed, and do a happy baby!

Before hoping out of bed in the morning or winding down for sleep. Use those few extra moments to try the yoga pose happy baby. Pull your knees into your chest and grab the soles of your feet or ankles. Rock from side to side. Staying for at least five big inhales and exhales. Release and then give yourself a hug. Be thankful to yourself for taking a few moments to be present and be in touch with your body.



Mindful Monday

Take time out today to meditate. Morning, afternoon, or evening will do. Five or ten minutes to be present and mindful.

Live Light Practice: meditate using the mantra ‘om shri lakshmi namah’ (Goddess Lakshmi reside in me and bestow abundance in all aspects of my life.)


I Choose My Own Adventure

Using a daily mantra or intention is a powerful way to live authentically. When making decisions throughout your day always keeping the mantra in mind.

This week I have been using the mantra ‘I choose my own adventure”. So before making any decisions – from what I am going to eat, to the style yoga class I am going to take – I think ‘I choose my own adventure’. It is a playful way to remind yourself that you are in control of your happiness and that it is the small stuff that builds up to the bigger picture of your life.

If you are pondering bigger life decisions like what job to take or masters program to go into, the same principle applies. Before making a choice you use your mantra to help you. Think of those storybooks when you were a kid that gave you the option of picking the ending to read.

By choosing your own adventure you are not being pushed around by life, but writing your own story. You get to choose your happiness and how you get there.

Live Light Practice:

For one day use “I choose my own adventure” as your mantra. No matter if it is choosing the route to work, or the afternoon snack you have. Look at each choice as an adventure along your path of life.


One thing that scares you


I am sure you have heard the saying before “try one thing a day that scares you”. By following this guidance it can help us to move beyond our comfort zone to a point where we can grow and do things we didn’t know we could before. Challenging ourselves and pushing our limits gives us a chance to change. Trying to do one thing a day that scares you is a way to do that.

When faced with a fear we can cower away from it or forge through it. Being fearless doesn’t necessarily mean you have no fear, but that you act in spite of that fear.

In this photo I am doing a handstand on a 5 ft high rock wall. Although I am not afraid of handstands, I was nervous to be trying them so high up with limited space for error. It was exhilarating and forced me to stay very focused on my control while upside down. It was a mindful practice that challenged me physically and mentally.


Live Light Practice:

Do one thing today that scares you. It can be anything from talking to a stranger to trying a cartwheel! Have fun with it and see how you feel after.