Sisterhood of the Traveling Mats: Part II
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." -Lao Tzu
... But sometimes that single step is the hardest one to take. And this is just a blog… it’s not even that serious. But alas, my mind likes to give me a bit of a scare every now and then and make things seem a lot harder than they really are, or need to be.
What initially sparked the idea for this blog was pretty simple. I wanted to do something that included the things that brought me the biggest sense of self. Top 3…. Yoga, travel, and adventure. The wheels started turning while I was a part of a conversation towards the end of my time in Bali. It included 11 girls and a computer… already you can see that this might turn into a confusing scenario. The topic of yoga retreats came up; we thought it would be an easy way to reunite, given that we all lived in different parts of the world. This is where it gets a little screwy. As we sat there trying to pick a yoga retreat, it just seemed like it was a never-ending list of the “best yoga retreat”, voted by someone, somewhere… But, how do you actually know? Even the top 10 lists were confusing. Anyone can make a top 10 list… the things that I gain the most out of are probably not the things that you or your friends do. In this specific area, I do, however, have an advantage. I am what is known as an eternal optimist. This can be problematic in most areas of my life… but I’m going to view it as a gift when it comes to this. I choose to see the good in people and things, no matter the circumstance… And, let me tell you, it’s definitely a choice. Even if it’s a bit extreme, I tend to find myself thinking, “Well, I’m never gonna forget this one…”, and I know I can gain something out of anything, even if it’s just a memory; I’m glad to have it…
But, let’s be real. I am not a millionaire. So, retreats may be a little out of the question. Studios, however, are a much more doable option.
I work for a corporate yoga company. They’re pretty much the only company I’ve ever done yoga with. I did my initial training with them and practice almost daily at any one of their studios… and I have nothing but great things to say about them… But, I think in the time of small businesses falling apart, it’s important to get out there and see what else is available and, hopefully, enlighten myself a bit on my travels.
I work in Santa Monica, California… what’s known as the yoga capitol of America. And these yogis take it seriously, as do I. If I go on vacation, I don’t want to give my practice up for a week. I want to know what my options are. So I figured I’d find the options. But, as I sit here, covered in 26 note cards (yes, I use 3×5 note cards for research, everyone already makes fun of me… jump on the bandwagon), it seems a bit more daunting than I had originally thought.
First of all, I have 7 days in Maui. Doing my research is showing me that most of these classes take place around the same times in the day…. Of course morning and evening, not too challenging of a thought there… but, how in the world am I supposed to get all of these done? This is where that competitive nature comes in… when you actually look at it, it’s not that big of a deal. My brain likes to fool me into thinking, “If I can’t do all of them, then none will suffice.” Sometimes, you just have to practice a little detachment and tell yourself to relax. Obviously, 26 studios are probably not doable…. But, 10 might be. So, let’s start there…
xo Jackie Smyth