Traveling Shoes

 First and foremost, a kind thank you to EcoYogini for writing about The Joy of Yoga in her blog yesterday. Her blog is about yoga asana, but also about living yoga. Which we all could use a little of. It's funny: the main picture on her blog could either be someone about to go into Warrior III, or about to fly. I like that.

Now, let's put on our serious face (no smiling, folks) and get down to today's preamble.


These days, I have my traveling shoes on.

Chris and I spent most of the summer (from June-August) doing different sorts of traveling and, last night buying plane tickets, it looks like there may not be an end to the traveling in the near future.

The summer traveling was pure enjoyment-based (although I might have said differently on that second day biking in Ontario... later story). This next trip: business. Kind of.

Done with the furies of the Midwestern winter (hello, entire week of -50 degrees with windchill), we have decided to search out a new home in warmer climates. The criteria for our new city/home are as follows: 1. Four seasons, just less winter 2. By the ocean and/or by a mountain (somewhat flexible on this one) 3. Food co-op and/or farmer's market 4. Near a University and/or College. We start our search for Home 2.0 in the Pacific Midwest. Tickets now in hand, we start off in Seattle, and will tour around Washington and Oregon. We'll return to do Thanksgiving at my folk's house, and then head to the near South (on the East Coast) for another few weeks of touring and seeing what we like. Christmas is back in the Midwest at his families.

To you, my Blogosphere, I am asking for any recommendations about the places you have lived and loved. What is the bestest place in the whole wide United States of America (we need to work, so it's got to be this country...)? Where can a yogini and her apple picking friend find warmer climates and happiness? I'll take all recommendations. And your yoga sequences.

Traveling Shoes

This sequence is inspired by an Ashtanga-based class I took in New Paltz, NY yesterday. Most of the movements were made with the breath (i.e. pose only held for an inhale or an exhale). It was a good, sweaty practice and it keeps you on the move.

  1. Sukhasana (Easy Pose)
  2. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose). Hold for 5 breaths; bend knees, other movements, etc.
  3. Chaturanga Dandasana (Plank Pose)
  4. Knee into Chest Plank. Hold for 5 Breaths.
  5. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)
  6. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  7. Repeat steps 2-5
  8. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I Pose)
  9. Virabhadrasana I I (Warrior II Pose)
  10. Chaturanga Dandasana
  11. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  12. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  13. Repeat steps 8-12 with other leg
  14. Repeat steps 8-13 twice
  15. Utkattasana (Chair Pose)
  16. Parivrtta Utkattasana (Twist in Chair Pose)
  17. Step opposite to twisting side leg back
  18. High lunge twist
  19. Ardha Chandrasana (Balancing Half Moon Pose)
  20. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  21. Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
  22. Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Twist in Balancing Half Moon Pose)
  23. Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
  24. Parsvottanasana
  25. High Lunge
  26. Chaturanga Dandasana
  27. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
  28. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  29. Repeat steps 15-28
  30. Jump through to seated
  31. Tarasana (Star Pose)
  32. Bhujapidasana (Squeeze the Shoulder's Pose)
  33. Tittibhasana (Firefly Pose)
  34. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose)
  35. Laying one arm alongside the opposite leg, twist the other arm towards the ceiling
  36. Repeat other side
  37. Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose), repeat other side
  38. Savasana

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