Yoga On The Go

Yoga On The Go…

Easy tips to help you stay committed, consistent, and at home in your yoga practice when you’re abroad


The yoga sutras teach us that the level of achievement we will receive from our practice depends on the intensity with which we bring ourselves forth. Sutra 1:22 says The time necessary for success depends on whether the practice is mild, medium or intense. The Sutras also tell us that we must practice earnestly and consistently (Sutra 1.12). (The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Sri Swami Satchidananda).

In other words, these practices only work when we do! Yoga requires us to sometimes put the practice first, to catch ourselves when we’re making excuses not to get on our mats, and to cultivate consistency and follow through amidst our busy lives. In the throws of weekly schedules, this task is already a challenge for some.

So, when things are really shaken up (like when there is family in town, and you just can’t get to class— or when you’re literally across the globe), how do you remain steadfast in your yoga ritual?

As a traveling yogi I have found a few helpful solutions to this conundrum… Throughout my career I have spent weeks at a time in hotel rooms in foreign countries, have woken up early for 5am flights, and have been sleep deprived and jet lagged before teaching 4 hours of workshops. The title may sound luxurious, but sometimes it takes all the gusto I’ve got just to keep going on with a smile. And the amazing thing is this: I could never do this without my practice. The act of coming to my mat, and into my heart by way of the breath…. there is no cup of coffee (even in Italy) that can do the same thing.

Here are my best tips to keep you consistent when you’re on the go. You can use these practices in your everyday life at home, when daily life is shaken up, or when you’re traveling short or long term.

  • Invest in a light weight yoga mat – Make sure you pack a mat in your bag! There are many travel mats that are under 1lb, and super easy to pack in a carry on. Make this item as necessary as your tooth brush. When you arrive in your hotel room, lay it out in a welcoming place as you are putting away your clothing and toiletries. When you wake up the next morning, step on your mat and commit to staying put for at least 15 minutes.

 

  • Keep your practice simple – Not sure what to do when you’re practicing on your own? Find familiar patterns of movement, and make those your ritual. Sun Salutations, Gentle Core Work, Supine Twists… Just begin moving, and see where your body takes you. If you are not confident creating your own flow, there are literally thousands of online and digital classes to follow along with! (I have a few here)!

 

  • It’s all about the breath – Whether you’re sitting still or scurrying through train depots, your breath is always, always, always available as an object for your awareness to settle upon. A simple breath technique to use on the go is the Box Breath. To perform this breath, inhale on a slow count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and hold out for a count of four. Repeat up to 12 times. To help your mind remain centered on your breath, you can internally say to yourself, “Breathing In, Breathing Out,” with your in and out breaths respectively.

 

  • Ideal times to practice – Before you let your mind jump into planning mode, remind yourself to settle down and tune in! Practice first thing, only after using the bathroom and drinking some water. It can be challenging to get back to your mat once you allow yourself to carry on with the day. To avoid bypassing practice, make it your first and last activity of the day. The mind and body usually experience a bit of stress while traveling, making deep sleep more challenging and less satisfying. Restorative yoga before bed will combat the wear and tear of travel, and will help you to rest well.

 

  • Keep a journal handy – Svadhyaya (self study) is an integral part of the yoga practice. Journaling while you travel is a fabulous way to document novel experiences, and to keep track of your inner experience. When we travel we are faced with so much new information, thoughts, and ways of being all at once. Keeping a journal will help you to sort through and make sense of these impressions.

 

  • If nothing else, Meditate – If you have time for none of the above, take (at very minimum) five minutes in the morning and in the evening to practice sitting meditation. Set your timer, and commit to sitting with ease for just five minutes. Tune in, listen deeply, release the tension of the body, and feel your aliveness. Your body, your breath, and your awareness are beautiful miracles that deserve your attention (no matter how busy you are). If you need assistance in meditation, there are a number of apps and podcasts that are available free of charge.

 

….et Voila! You are all set to roam the globe without leaving your yoga practice at home. Your body, mind, heart, and yoga teachers will all be glad you remained consistent 🙂

And Remember: The outer and inner journeys are yours to explore, learn and grow from. Wherever your path takes you, enjoy the ride.

 

Namaste,

XO,

Stacy

What is A Mala?

Ask my students, friends, or husband… it’s rare you’ll see me without one of my Mala Meditation necklaces on. And while I do love how they look, I don’t actually put it on for fashion.
While it would seem that a piece of jewelry is merely part of the material world, a Mala is about something much deeper. When worn with intention, the

 

Power of A Mala lies in historic and energetic qualities. I can honestly attest that my Malas have become an anchor for my practice and a reminder of mindfulness during my crazy work days.
For me, there are a few key distinctions between a Mala and a regular necklace:
  • A Mala, unlike a gold chain, is not designed to be flashy or to seek out external attention. It is a reminder to go within, to seek solace in one’s self, and to deepen one’s internal awareness while out in the world.
  • A Mala, unlike diamond earrings, is not a sign of class or privilege, but a representation of committed reverence and self work.
  • A Mala, unlike jewelry made form synthetic metals, is made from pure Rudraksha Seeds, which have unique conductive properties. These seeds have been honored for centuries as prayer beads, and so also carry an important historic symbolism of the yoga practice.
  • A Mala is inherently designed to support a meditation practice. The 108 beads, when followed carefully with each breath, offer about 35 minutes of focused meditation. And the large bead at the center, called a Bindu Bead (or Guru Bead), can be rubbed gently as a reminder for mindfulness during a busy day.
I believe that each individual should find for herself what tools help to deepen her own practice. For some it may be a Mala, for another it may be a single candle, or an Om charm, or a book of choice. There are many ways to go within, and many tools to help us get there.
Knowing the power of personal choice, I’ve chosen to offer a very special, limited offer for the next A Day of Namaste seasonal wellness retreat. For the first time, I am asking guests to pick their own unique, handmade Meditation Mala!
​​​​​​​If you’re interested in learning more about Malas, Yoga, Meditation, Cleansing, and are dying to begin Living Your Purpose, you must join me for ADON. Send me an email with any questions, or click HERE to learn more.

My New Tesla

My latest Zen experience comes from driving a car. This is not just any car, it’s the 100% electric, pull back the edges of your lips, sexy, sleek, high tech and hard core amazing Tesla Model S. I’ve had three different Hybrid Lexus over the years and loved them all, but I was ready to make the leap to a 100% electric vehicle. Not only do I never have to go to the gas station ever again, but also I’m no longer dependent on any fossil fuels to go to the Bbar to get my Beaming Zing. With its sleek lines, minimalist feel, and quiet interior, the Tesla turns driving into a Zen experience and what’s more yogic than that. Also when you step on the gas, you get what’s called the Tesla smile.

Energy Boosting Yoga Poses

Anytime, Any Place Energy Boosting Yoga Move

As busy moms, we don’t always have time for a full yoga class, but what about a simple move you can do to help pick up your energy at home? I shot a series of short Yoga videos with Lifetime Moms here’s one of my first with Zen Mom Angela Chee. Check out the Busy Mom Yoga DVD for a full yoga practice.

Spirofit

If you’ve been following me on FB, Twitter and Linked In you’ve probably caught a glimpse at some of the behind the scene images of my latest project. I love that you practice with me on DVD, but I wanted a way for you to access me anytime, anyplace with fresh classes every week.

I’d like to introduce you to the wave of the future in digital media. Get ready to practice yoga with me LIVE – STREAMING! Now, not only can you practice with me , whenever and wherever you want ( on your desktop, laptop or mobile device), you can also practice with me 3x a month in a live broadcast. But wait, there’s more!

You won’t only have access to me, you’ll be able to workout with 9 other of the TOP TRAINERS in their area of speciality. You can get your yoga on with yours truly, and get ready to cross train with other fitness greats in Pilates, cardio, toning, martial arts and more!! Want to be the first in the know and have access to me (and my peeps) at a promotional rate? Click Here and enter your email address and get ready to have a powerful body and peaceful mind in a convenient and private way. Use my promo code sm7896 for a special guest rate.

I’ll be revealing more details over the next few days. Plus, I’ll be offering some great give-aways for the first people that sign up. Make sure to get yourself on the list, so you won’t miss out on your chance to win some of the upcoming prizes

I’m so excited to share yoga with you in a whole new way!

What is Spirofit?

SpiroFIT is a LIVE and ON-DEMAND online fitness network featuring nine of the best trainers in the world and offering the best AT-HOME and ON-THE-GO personal training experience available. You can work with the SpiroFIT trainers from any online device, whether its a TV, computer, iPad, or mobile phone! Our trainers have worked with Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Cher, Superbowl champions, NBA MVP’s, Olympic athletes and countless people just like you. You can take classes with each trainer that range from beginner to advanced and are suitable for any age or gender. Nowhere else on the planet will you have access to a group of trainers like you do on SpiroFIT.

 

Features include:
– 9 of the best trainers in the world motivating you to get the results you want (combined 30+ million DVD’s sold)!
– LIVE and ON-DEMAND HD classes with the SpiroFIT trainers from any computer or mobile device.
– 25+ NEW classes added every month.
– New classes with each trainer added almost every week.
– Classes include Yoga, Pilates, Interval, Dance, BOSU University, Meditation, Stretching, Ballet, practical 1-3 minute ‘on-the-go’ and ‘at the office’ workouts, and more!

It’s never been easier to get in shape and feel great. Regardless of where you live, if you’re traveling, or don’t have time for the gym, don’t worry! All nine of our world-renowned trainers will be right there with you wherever you are and whenever it’s convenient for you.”

 

Getting and staying fit has never been as easy, convenient and fun.

 

Workout at home. Shower in your own bathroom.

 

Workout on your own time — either during live classes or from our growing library of archived classes.

 

Choose the workout types and trainer styles that work for you — and mix it up as you feel.

Serenity at the Sea Yoga Class & Beach Clean Up

 

Serenity by the Sea
Sunday March 14th 4-5:15pm

Come join world renowned yoga teachers Tim Miller and Stacy McCarthy this coming Sunday for a free yoga class on Moonlight Beach in Encinitas!!
This class was put together by the staff at Lululemon in Carlsbad as a sincere gesture to unite all the many communities of yoga in the local San Diego area!! This class is donation based and all donations will be given to the Surfrider Foundation! After class there will be an optional beach cleanup with Surfrider providing all the materials, bags, gloves, etc to do so.

So bring your yoga mat, some warm clothes, and an open heart to attend what will hopefully be the largest yoga class ever recorded in San Diego history!! Imagine a huge crowd of people breathing peace together!! We might help shift the earth a bit!!