Travel Therapy: Travel Gives us a New Perspective

When you travel all your predominant habits reveal themselves. You learn what triggers impatience, fear, anxiety, physical patterns of sitting, standing and where your body holds tensions. The more that is revealed through traveling the less our minds can blame it on our home circumstances. Being out of routine shows us precisely where we habitually have knee jerk reactions instead of responding mindfully.

“I recommend travel for my clients. Therapy is all about getting out of rigid mental states, leaving the same old, same old behind. Travel stirs the pot. One feels and experiences something different in their body and le viola: The impossible becomes possible.”
-Michele Ritterman, Clinical Psychologist and author, Berkeley California

The interruption of patterns and being in new places gives us the opportunity to change those habits that don’t serve us. If for instance, you travel by bus (like I did recently in Costa Rica) for 4 hours sittting in the same way you’ll learn the precise habit that can cause you low back pain, and the way you can change the way you sit can reduce that pain. Or if while traveling you are faced with a vegetatarian diet when you normally eat meat you realize how well that works for you or how much you benefit more from meat protein. Either way you learn a new perspective.

jonnatriangleEven our sleep patterns change when we travel. Being in a new time zone can open our eyes to new opportunities. For instance, if you constantly stay up late but while traveling in areas of like in Baja, Mexico where they refer to “Baja Midnight” as 9pm you’ll learn to go to sleep earlier. Or maybe you are traveling in the jungle where it gets darker earlier and you feel the naturalness of sleeping earlier to be in sync with your environment. And when you return home your two hour difference might give you a new perspective on changing your home wake-up time to 6am instead of 8am. Or on the road you might not have curtains like at home that block the natural light and you learn to sinchronize your sleep with the cycle of sun and moon stead of using artificial light.

In terms of exercise if at home you always drive then while traveling you might engage more foot power walking or cycling and you will grow more aware of sedentary habits and how you can change that pattern.

Even your patterns of dress will be revealed if at home you alternate between waering a black suit or black luon you’ll find may parts of the world where that formality or the material makes you uncomfortable in the heat or humidity. You’ll change what you’re wearing: maybe its wearing your black uniform less and instead incorporating more colors into your wardrobe.

Travel could also present you with options to wear different materials or looser less structured clothing ore more stylish clothing depending where you’re traveling.

Even the way you wear your hair is a habit and when you travel you discover new ways. Maybe it’s because of currency changes or your in an eco-solar powered area where hair dryers and flat irons aren’t permitted. Or you are in and out of the ocean and wash and wear hair can easily become your new way. Or at home maybe you’ve been afraid to experiment with your hair and going somewhere no one knows you gives you permission to experiment a bit more.

Travel also shows us where we have the habit of playing only life too safe, of staying where we are and with what we have now. Traveling not only encourages us but quite frankly demands we be more audacious.

“Yoga believes in transforming the individual before transforming the world. Whatever change we want to happen outside should happen within.” – Sri Swami Satchidananda

You often have no choice but to walk, talk and make bolder decisions. Whether it’s about a place of lodging or trying a new activity or even choosing which street to walk down.

When we travel our habits: mentally, physiclaly, even spiritually are revealed to us. And if we choose to we can use this as an opportunity to unlearn less healthy or limiting habits and incorporate new patterns in our lives. And as a Osho writes, “Happy people are always changing.”

Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia

Uncertainty is Part of the Adventure

When one travels you can’t help but know with certainty that you will face uncertainty. It is inevitable. While on the road this can present itself as delayed planes, bus, trains or arriving at a destination and the hotel losing your reservation. It easily manifests in getting lost because we aren’t certain at that last crossroads we took the right way.

All of this can lead to feeling disoriented.

And that’s ok.

At those moments when one is feeling completely disoriented then pause, breath, meditate inwards to that one certain place – your heart. It is always a safe haven you can trust. Here below are some of our favorite quotes about uncertainty.

Seeing through the eyes of the world,
Silvia

Faith means living with uncertainty – feeling your way through life, letting your heart guide you like a lantern in the dark.
Dan Millman

The fastest way to break the cycle of perfectionism is to give up the idea of doing it perfectly – indeed to embrace uncertainty and imperfection.
Arianna Huffington

In an ecology of love, people can relate in trust and face the future without fear. They do not need to play it safe. They can take uncertainty in their stride.
Jonathan Sacks

Uncertainty is a sign of humility, and humility is just the ability or the willingness to learn.
Charlie Sheen

The quest for certainty blocks the search for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition to impel man to unfold his powers.
Erich Fromm

Eyes of the World Lyrics by the Grateful Dead

Right outside this lazy summer home
You aint got time to call your soul a critic no.
Right outside the lazy gate of winters summer home,
Wondrin where the nut-thatch winters,
Wings a mile long just carried the bird away.

Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world,
The heart has it’s beaches, it’s homeland and thoughts of it’s own.
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin brings,
But the heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenins and songs of it’s own.

There comes a redeemer, and he slowly too fades away,
And there follows his wagon behind him that’s loaded with clay.
And the seeds that were silent all burst into bloom, and decay,
And night comes so quiet, it’s close on the heels of the day.

Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world,
The heart has it’s beaches, it’s homeland and thoughts of it’s own.
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin brings,
But the heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenins and songs of it’s own.

Sometimes we live no particular way but our own,
And sometimes we visit your country and live in your home,
Sometimes we ride on your horses, sometimes we walk alone,
Sometimes the songs that we hear are just songs of our own.

Wake up to find out that you are the eyes of the world,
The heart has it’s beaches, it’s homeland and thoughts of it’s own.
Wake now, discover that you are the song that the mornin brings,
But the heart has it’s seasons, it’s evenins and songs of it’s own.

Namaste

Perfect license plate for the Yogi who loves Travel! Come along with us on an adventure in 2013-2014.

2013-2014 UPCOMING ALCHEMY TOURS ADVENTURES AND RETREATS:

January 5-11, 2013 Costa Rica The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga, Surfing and Happiness

March 30-April 6, 2013 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico – Xinalani Transform Your Life Yoga Retreat with Silvia Mordini & Casey Peterson & Jacob Young

April 26-28, 2013 Yoga Wellness Weekend Long Beach Peninsula, Washington

June 22-29, 2013 Tuscany, Italy Yoga & Wine, Cycling Retreat

July 1-7, 2013 Amalfi Coast, Italy Yoga & Beach Holiday

July 31 – Aug 17, 2013 Costa Rica RYT200 Teacher Training at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers

September 22-29, 2013 Bali Soulshine “Art of Adventure” Retreat

October 6 -13, 2013 Bali Soulshine Yoga Chakra Vinyasa Retreat with Polly Swietzer

November 2-9, 2013 Big Island Hawaii Yoga and Surfing Retreat

November 30 – December 7, 2013 Eco-Chic Surfing & Yoga Gratitude & Manifestation Retreat Prana del Mar Baja Mexico

January 2014 Costa Rica Yoga and Surfing Retreat

February 1-10, 2014 Rapa Nui Easter Island Tapati Festival: Yoga, Culture, Magic

March 2014 Mainland Ecuador Volcano Trekking and Galapagos Yoga Retreat

STILL IN PROCESS:
Paris/Provence Writing & Yoga Retreat
More!

Yoga Retreats for the Frugal Yogi

The work we do on retreat is not a luxury it is a necessity. We are so committed to its importance we make sure to offer our retreats and spiritual adventures at a reasonable price point. You will always find us the least expensive offering at any major center.

In addition to that we respect the needs of the Frugal Yogi and offer discounts beyond our reasonable pricing as follows:

SPECIALS:
*Dec 8-15, 2012 Baja Yoga & Surfing Retreat: $250 OFF if you share a room
*Jan 5-11, 2013 Costa Rica Yoga and Surfing: $300 OFF Dynamic Duo Deal (sign up with a roommate )
*Sept 22-29, 2013 Bali Yoga Adventure at Michael Franti’s Soulshine Bali Retreat Center: $150 OFF if you Bring a Friend

EARLY BIRDS:
*By December 31, 2012 $150 OFF Puerto Vallarta Xinalani Yoga Retreat March 31-April 6, 2013
*By December 31, 2012 $200 OFF Tuscany Yoga, Wine, Cultural Adventure June 22-29, 2013
*By December 31, 2012 $300 OFF Amalfi Coast Rejuvenation Yoga Retreat July 1-7, 2013
*By January 15, 2013 $200 OFF Amalfi Coast Rejuvenation Yoga Retreat July 1-7, 2013