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Embrace the Unknown

Location: Palmar Tent Lodge, Isla Bastimentos, Bocos Del Toro, Panamá

Living on a beach in the jungle for over a month in a rural, environmentally conscious setting proved to have its challenges. Sand is to the beach, as glitter is to arts and crafts. It sticks to you everywhere you go, you wake up to it in your bed feeling like sand paper between your sheets, and it doesn’t rid your body in the foot-pump shower of cold recycled rain water you’re allowed once per day. There is no AC, in fact the only air conditioned room I ever stepped foot in during my time in Bocas Del Toro was to use the ATM in town. There is constantly a layer of moisture or sweat (or both) on you at all times. Plus side to that is I never needed lotion for dry skin. And things don’t dry here, EVER. The first week I hand washed my clothes, hung them out to dry, and three days later they were holding the same amount of moisture, and therefore molded. Everything molds at some point, even my passport has turned an unappetizing shade of green. Thank goodness for the laundry service in town. For $4 they take a bag of your laundry and wash, dry and fold it for you. The only bad part is I lost my favorite shirt this way. It’s a risk I was willing to take though, all of my clothes smelled of mildew and sweat and salt water combined. There are trails of leaf cutter ants on nearly every path you step on. Although the thought of being bare foot all day seems luxurious, one wrong step and your toe will be stinging for days. Those ants are workaholics, and they show no mercy for disrupting their business. Speaking of bugs, I resided with bird spiders and tarantulas, cockroaches making themselves at home in the kitchen, bats sleeping over my head in the living room, and crabs greeting me every morning for my bathroom routine.

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And yet with all of your surroundings wanting to kill you, living on a beach in the jungle was surprisingly adaptable. I suppose the human kind can instinctively adapt to any environment, if given time and patience. The first two weeks I was really doubting the living arrangements, and the last three I learned to embrace it and the conditions actually made me so much more grateful for the luxuries we have in this world. I forgot what a warm bath felt like, and instead found joy in eating freshly chopped coconuts on the beach. I forgot about wearing makeup and the need to impress others with the right outfit, and instead gave up ‘looking good,’ and felt confident in my own sun-kissed skin and miss-matched outfit. Basically if any of your clothing items were dry it was a good day. During my time in Bocas I learned to not only let go of needing the material items of this world, but I also have a much greater appreciation for the little things most humans take for granted, such as a dishwasher or working Internet.

I gave up all of the comforts of life back home in the United States to witness the natural beauty of our planet, and to search for my contribution to this world, doing all that I know and love to do: teach yoga and write. Somehow traveling and living in the elements really sheds the layers, clears the smoke and allows you to get to the root of your being. It’s not over, heck no, this is only the beginning of what I’m out to discover. Social media and articles may perceive the adventure I’m undertaking to be a walk in the park, every second of every day being some extravagant exploration and constantly undergoing life-altering experiences. But in reality it’s the opposite. What I’ve discovered so far during my long-term travel is that it does have its ups and downs, situations of hard decision making, days of doing nothing and then feeling bad about it. It’s exactly the same struggles I face living back home, but it’s heightened at a much greater scale. And if you don’t fight against it, you have the ability to learn the lessons of life very quickly, and that life is so much more beautiful.

You make close friends in a matter of days or weeks and then you have to let them go, let their own journey unfold. A lesson in non attachment. Back home you maintain the same friendships for years and then something happens where you don’t see that person, and you can’t handle it. There have been a couple of casualties of items that were dear to me, including my beloved 40 ounce HydroFlask that I used not only to keep me hydrated, but as a weapon when full of water. That bottle also served as a reminder of my yoga home in Houston, Texas, BIG Power Yoga. I got the water bottle when I first became a member, and bedazzled it with stickers along the years of my time there, from yoga teacher training to full-time manager, representing a different era of my journey. This deep loss has really struck a chord and has allowed me to practice this life lesson in non attachment more than ever. I have to trust that water bottle served its purpose for me in my life, and now it’s time for it to move on to its next purpose.

I’ve learned a huge lesson in embracing the unknown. The first couple of weeks my type A personality got the best of me. I woke up in fear of what the day would bring, because my only plan was to teach yoga at 5 o’clock. With a few days of depriving myself of having a schedule, I transformed from the need of keeping a calendar to control my every waking moment, to rising out of bed and thinking “I wonder what today will bring.” Seriously, the moment I realized I was saying that to myself, I finally realized what living actually is.

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I soon discovered that if you learn to let go of controlling what your day is going to look like or should look like, then the universe has the opportunity to step in and guide you in the direction you’re meant to go. By doing this I’ve had the opportunity to do so many things I never could have planned for. Yacht parties, driving an ATV through the rainforest, eating next to a deep sea speargun fisherman whose catch of the morning was on my plate, hanging in a hammock on a catamaran, stand up paddle boarding around the perimeter of a tiny island, staying up late around a bon fire and then letting it burn out to be in awe of the Milky Way constellation and the millions of stars scattered like confetti in the sky. Not one of those things were planned, were ever an agenda or something I checked off my list. And yet they are now a part of me, and I was in the experience of belonging in those moments as if they were always meant to happen.

That feeling of letting go cleaned the slate of my need to know what’s going to happen next. I still have no idea of what I’m supposed to fulfill during my time traveling or what it’s supposed to look like on the other side. But what I’ve gained is so much more valuable. I’ve learned a lesson in trusting the process. I’ve always known to do that, but now I know what it actually feels like in my body. It literally feels like a weight lifted off of me, that I’m not supposed to know what I’m supposed to do, and that’s ok. I believe that I am supposed to be right here for a reason, and leave it at that. I can allow myself to be with that truth and then let the universe take charge of guiding me by listening, feeling the sensations in my body when opportunities arise.

I’ve gone completely yoga teacher on you by this point, but the lessons I learned on my mat before this trip, the lessons I’m teaching to my students during this trip, and the lessons I’m allowing to sink in as I write this article, are all boomeranging back to me and showing me their effectiveness each day. These lessons are what have gotten me to this point in my journey, and I know they are what will carry me through all of the difficult situations, beautiful moments, and leaps of faith I have only tapped the surface of thus far.

It’s becoming clear to me, how I’m experiencing all of this life exploration is more important than what I’m experiencing. You can keep pictures to commemorate memories and great experiences in your life, or you can hold on to what you felt, what you learned from that experience and implement it throughout your entire life until your very last breath.

 

 

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Steph is a yoga teacher from Houston, Texas. Currently she is traveling through Central America teaching yoga wherever her heart is led to. Steph teaches vinyasa and yin-style classes and is committed to her students feeling rinsed out and restored!

Sustain the Flow: Doug Swenson

 

I had the pleasure of meeting Doug Swenson in South Lake Tahoe, California where he holds annual yoga teacher training courses. As the years pass by, I am becoming more and more inspired and intrigued by people like Doug who have dedicated their life to the path of yoga. Doug’s passion for connecting with nature and his enthusiasm for life is contagious. Here we catch up with Doug as he shares some wisdom on how to ‘sustain the flow‘. Thank you for shining bright Doug!

When did you get introduced to yoga?

 

I was first introduced to yoga in 1963, when I was 13 years – my parents belonged to a church group (Unitarian Fellowship) which was a diverse group of ideas – with no one certain concept. Ironically one member of the Group was a Yoga master, Ernest Wood and he would teach some of the kids yoga a few times a month.

 

How has your yoga practice changed over the years?

 

My yoga practice is constantly evolving and changing, much like all of life. Specifically my practice has become more refined and very expansive, to touch every aspect of my everyday life, helping me to embrace more clarity, awareness and gratitude in all ways.
 
Most important – I am not so focused on doing the best asana, yet feel deep appreciation for just doing yoga under a tree and the amazing feeling of clarity I am rewarded with, this is a heavenly gift.
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What are your tips on how to “sustain the flow”?

 

I assume you mean the (vinyasa of life), which can be represented as a river flowing to the sea. We can be conscious and aware in life, or just walk around mindlessly, not paying any attention to what we are doing and how our existence creates ripples in time. My suggestion is to live simply, create a sacred bond with nature, and adopt the highest quality vegan diet. Most important in this computer age – embrace gratitude for simplicity and try your best to get off electronics whenever possible, touch the earth and breathe light.
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You travel A LOT….what helps keep you grounded while always on the move?

 

I stay grounded by embracing a mostly raw vegan diet, drinking fresh squeezed green juice, and enjoying daily fitness, including my own personal yoga practice.

Words of wisdom on the importance of COMMUNITY?

 

Community is the fabric of society and yet community is also the dark side to persuade humans to fall from grace. In any group – you have to be strong with an independent and progressive mind, be respectful and mindful of others and yet – Be the Light and you will never be afraid of darkness.
 
Learn to be the one with the good influence, not the one who is the gravity of failure, self-destruction and ecological disaster. Everyone is different, I am more of a loner, or recluse, most of the time, because I learn more about myself and find great joy in quiet time and self-reflection – this is where I draw my strength to interact with society.  
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What does “living in the current” mean to you?

 

To me it means the moment is eternity, yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not arrived, so by being present we are more successful in all ways. Reflect on the past as a learning experience and priceless moments, then envision the future as a positive path and yet all the while – most importantly life this moment right now.  

“Life is what happens ~ when we are busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

It can also mean – being a part of the life force energy – being prana.
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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

 

To me time is only a number for mathematicians to stimulate the brain – I do not think in years – humans are much too busy counting steps of the sun, as the moments pass by and you miss the bus. I only aspire to see myself and all things in greater light!!!   
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Who or what inspires you most?

 

Mother-nature, moonlight on the midnight ocean, sunrise in the Mountains and playing on waves with dolphins. The simplicity of picking wild berries on a warm summer day and the gift of true love.
 

What mantra resonates with you most right now?

 

I rarely follow the path of others – So will jump the fence on this one and say:
 

“You can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time – you might just find you get what you need “ – Rolling Stones  

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Anything else you would like to share?

 

Yes, a philosophical poem I wrote:
 
Be The Light
If the desert would give back
This sand, like a mother’s touch of warmth
Yet cactus just dreams of a watery life
And ask why – as the night whispers
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Tomorrow needs our love, our kindness
And genuine integrity – this flower slow dances
Like a homeless thought, lost between time
Ego fishes for answers and yet – finds no truth
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The taste of yesterday’s richness
Touched stray mountains – where sunbeams seek peace
It is not enough – to be the love of the wind
We must find the heart in preservation and be the light…

 

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Doug Swenson began his study of yoga in 1969. He has had the fortune of studying with many great teachers including Dr. Ernest Wood, K. Pattabhi Jois, David Williams, Nancy Gilgoff, Ramanand Patel, and others. Doug is a master yoga practitioner, philosopher, poet and dedicated health advocate. He has incorporated influences from several different yoga systems along with his passion for nutrition and the environment to develop his unique approach. Over the years he has authored several books; “Yoga Helps”, “The Diet That Loves You Most”, “Power Yoga for Dummies” and “Mastering the Secrets of Yoga Flow“. Doug is a Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance and travels extensively offering workshops, retreats and teacher training courses around the world. Doug’s classes are always invigorating and inspirational and his supportive style of teaching and keen sense of humor send his students home with a smile on their face and a softness within their heart.

http://www.sadhanayogachi.com/

The Flow of Travel

This article is being graciously shared with us by Living Yoga Ambassador, Lauren Lee. You can find more inspiration at the community project she founded, ‘Raise Your Beat’.

 

The reoccurring theme in anyone’s story is the ever present adventure and mystery of life: the constant changing states of our relationship to our environments and ourselves which is the necessary flow of life.

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Nothing is permanent. And even in times when you think you have mastered your rules and feel as if nothing can take you out of your center, the mystery will present itself. Every single second of every day is different. It always has been, and always will be.

 

Throughout travel, this ever-changing flow is amplified when you find yourself in a new environment. No longer with the safety net of our comforts, familiar faces and routines, unknown places present us with magical mysteries – often times challenges, but more often are the sensations of excitement and exploration, inner strength and courage, inspiration and connection.

Our minds and hearts are blown open by new cultures, languages, rituals and rhythms.

We take in each experience as new and as if it were the first time we ever sat for a sunset, laid in the grass or exchanged a heartfelt conversation with another human.

 

That is the beauty of travel

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In a new city, country or continent, our senses are heightened and untouched territories, untold stories, exotic experiences provide the wanderlust high of venturing into the unknown.

 

Travel teaches us to surrender and soften when things don’t go as planned.

Travel offers us simple pleasures in a whole new light and encourages awareness and gratitude.

Travel gifts us the comfort and support from another human or community, in the most unexpected times.

Travel restores our independence and activates our internal wisdom. Travel represents reality…that while world is a big and beautiful place, we are all seeking the same universal truths and qualities of connection, love, happiness and health.

 

This is the true ebb and flow of travel

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So jump in feet first and ride the waves of mystery. All you need is an open mind and to trust your intuition. The rest will fall into place sweetly, as it always does, time and time again.

 

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LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures.

Seeking Balance

This piece is shared by our friend and Yoga Trade community member, Briana Valorosi. Connect with Briana thru her blog here: https://openheartadventure.wordpress.com/

Seeking a Balance Between Strength and Flexibility

I am rooted, but I flow.”  -Virginia Woolf

May I create flexibility in my life.
I can bend.

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I am open. My heart is open. My mind is open.

My plans are elastic. They are simple. I will honor my commitments to others yet first, honor myself.

I waver in the wind. I drift.
The current carries me, effortlessly. I float.

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Muscles stretched outward and inward and spiraling and reaching.

One day, I may reach my toes.
Today, I trust the process.

I engage in the constantly changing landscape of my life.

May I stand in a place of stability.
My toes grip the earth.
Routine.
Belongings decorate a physical place called home.

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Standing strong in my body. Unwavering.
Letting thoughts fall to the sides.
Believe.

Sand sifts through my toes as the water shifts forcefully.
Morals and principles firm like rocks.

Respect. Myself. This space. All spaces.

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May I find peace in the space between flexibility and stability.
May I be humbled when I am pulled toward one or the other.
May I recognize my efforts.
May I fill with love, amidst uncertainty and lack of control.
May I ride the waves of my life, with ease and joy.

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Like a tree, I am rooted. Like the birds in the sky and the water in the rivers, I flow.

briBriana Valorosi is a writer, a beginner, one who practices yoga, a traveller, a climber, an outdoor enthusiast, a steward, a to-be gardener, a builder, a creator, a thinker and a do-er. 

https://openheartadventure.wordpress.com/

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Flow

As soon as she laid herself down on her mat, her soft, warm skin awoke by the coolness of the floor which pushed through her mat into her skin. You could nearly say; the mat was giving her a hard time because she hasn’t used it in quite a while.
First; Stillness.
Breath started to flow slowly into her system.
In and out.
In and out.
In and out.
The nearly invisible hairs on her body spiked up, only through the thought of knowing she has 90 minutes to herself and no one else.
Breath.
In and out.
In and out
In and out.
She started to move to her breath, awakening every dark and untouched corner of her soul. Mindfully opening her body from pain, fear, insecurities, doubts but also happiness. Gradually building strength from the ground up, feeling the burning desire to touch the roots of her feelings. Her feet, pressing thoroughly into the mat, legs engaged, sweeping her arms up on the inhale and down on the exhale. She was moving like a surfer moving to the swell and ebb of the ocean.
Her pores are opening, sweat is releasing, releasing impurities of her body. Letting go. Letting go. Letting go. Peak; Dhanurasana, bow pose.
Her heart is visible now. There is no place to hide, no lies to be told or pain to be unseen. There it is, just her and her heart. Exposed to the world like standing naked in a crowd full of people although she is all alone in a room with her mat. And what was the sensation when stars alone like bees crawled numbly over it? Her breath flows in, energizing her chest, lifting higher and higher and higher. I’m on top of the world.

Release. Her face looking down, her chest drowning into the ground. Arms are heavy, legs are still and once again she feel the coolness of the floor, pushing into her body.
Restorative movements are here. Now, the exposition of Yoga is being made.
Surrendering to forward folds and hip openers. Her body is saying yes but her mind can’t hear that yet. Only until a gentle tear is rolling down her cheek, dripping onto her mat and then, another one and another one.
Pure surrender in happening, she knows. She knows too well. Breathing into the pose.
The final call. Savasana, moving into stillness. Her breath was now the only thing that is moving. Consciously unconscious. Not manipulating the breath but being eternally watchful towards it. Belly moving;
Up
and down
Up
and down.
Awakening but eyes are still closed. Last prayer. Gratitude towards pain, fear, happiness and doubts. Gratitude to being alive, being right here.
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OM.

 

Danae is a German/ Italian Yogi, lives on Mallorca and is a passionate Yoga teacher and Blogger, soulseekergirl.com about what she does best: The Art of Food, Fashion, Travel and Health. She inspires her readers toward a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle.

Flow Like Water

GO WITH THE FLOW

Yoga has taught me so many life lessons and above all it has shown me how to go with the flow. When I apply the ‘flow like water’ approach to my life, I move and breathe with ease and enjoyment. If I choose to fight against challenging moments or events, everything feels much more unmanageable. As I prepare to move to a new city and begin teaching yoga at brand new studios, going with the flow is keeping me grounded and relatively calm.

FROM MAT TO THE REAL WORLD

My favorite style of yoga to practice is power vinyasa yoga, or power flow. I am drawn to the fluidity of this practice– how each pose is connected to the next through flow and breath. It reminds me of a beautiful dance that allows its practitioners to move through negative blocks into positive, open space. The more I hit my lake-boatmat, the more I’m reminded of the benefits of pushing past stuck energy and discomfort. If I sit and wallow in complaint for too long I begin to see every event as a struggle and every action seems to require more effort than I want to afford it. If I go with the flow though, I am able to let go of what is no longer serving me and stay in the present moment.

GETTING PRESENT

Going with the flow requires us to be present to what’s happening before us. We must first be grounded in the now in order to move through it into something new. My go-to grounding technique? I look at my feet, spread out my toes and press firmly into the ground.
Doing this connects me with the current moment and rooting down into the earth keeps my mind where my body is in reality. It centers me and requires me to slow down my racing mind. Once I’m calm and present I can choose to let go of anything from the past that’s preventing me from living powerfully and happily, and I can flow like water into the next moment. My mentor, Power Yoga Canada Co-Founder Kinndli McCollum, uses the image of water running off a duck’s back to describe going with the flow and letting go. It’s a
powerful metaphor that has stuck with me.

DON’T FIGHT THE CHALLENGE

In my view, it’s not only counter-productive to sit there and complain about how things aren’t going my way, it’s dis-empowering. It removes my personal power, which allows me to act in the moment and move on from discomfort into decisive action. Instead of focusing on all that’s not going right, I’ll do my best to shift my perspective and set my Drishti or gaze on what IS working out. From that place of positivity, a new world of possibility opens up to me. I am able to see solutions to problems that were seemingly hidden before and I can move through a challenge, coming out on the other side unscathed and stronger than before.

TEST IT OUT

Next time you feel your body tensing up and your mind racing, ground yourself, breathe and consider dropping the struggle, and going with the flow. What’s the worst thing that could happen? You may find it hard to just go with it when you’re starting to take on this new way of being, but once you do there’s some incredible gifts waiting for you on the other side. If you go with the flow you may just end up finding out you yoga-hairactually enjoy something you never thought you would, you may feel more resilient than ever before for kicking crisis in the butt with grace, and you may cultivate lasting inner peace.

Namaste.

Eryl McCaffrey is a Power Vinyasa Yoga Teacher from Toronto, Ontario. She’s also a Freelance Writer, who’s passionate about health and wellness. Eryl believes in the power of love to heal and advance the world. Her blog:twofeetheartbeat.wordpress.com

GO W/ THE FLOW

Meet Tori Reynolds and Ben Rivet. If you haven’t heard of them already, you will want to familiarize yourself with their amazing project, GO W/ THE FLOW (GWTF). I was blown away when I took their class this summer at Wanderlust Festival Squaw Valley, as I realized it was the most inspiring class I had taken in a long time. This charismatic duo from Ohio is on the road spreading joy to yogis by sharing their playful vinyasa and creative live musical sequencing. Their classes are original, uplifting, and their love of life is contagious. Here they share their story with the Yoga Trade Community:  

How did you find yoga?

Ben: I took my first yoga class in college at University of Dayton’s rec plex. My uncle had raved about yoga when I was home between my junior and senior year, so when I got back to school I found out they had free classes, and there seemed to be a lot of cute girls.., so it thought I’d give it a try for a while. I soongowithflow4 began to realize the tremendous benefits it provided my mind and body, and I’ve been practicing in some form or another for the last 7 years. After school I started practicing (via trade) in exchange for graphic design and web work for a nearby studio in Dayton.  All this time connected to a studio community greatly deepened and nurtured my practice and love for yoga in a more holistic sense of the word. That’s where I met Tori, and the GO W/ THE FLOW project was born, and we’ve been able to use the project to practice and “study” yoga around the country since 2012. Taking classes at some of the best studios in the country with such a wide variety of teachers, has shown me how flexible and perfect yoga can be for my life and anyone else who finds it.

Tori: When I was studying at Wright State University in Dayton, feeling a little uninspired, I took a 6 week summer yoga class with a couple of friends and ended up absolutely loving it! After the 6 weeks were up I developed a home practice until I found some classes I really connected with. Needless to say I was completely re-inspired down a path I never knew existed. A little over a year after that initial course I taught my first yoga class.

What does the word “flow” mean to you?       

Ben: For me flow is presence. Whether it happens on accident, during a yoga class, or performing music, I find my “flow” when I’m able to drop the past and future noise of my life and be exactly where I am. When my body, mind and emotions are directed at the same focal point, I find that the rest of the world falls away. I’m able to apply all of my attention, skill, experience, knowledge and love to one single task. It makes me feel like I’m a super hero. Like time slows down and I can give whatever or whoever is in front of me 100%. It’s a beautiful thing, and Im grateful that yoga has helped me tap into that state much easier than I have.
Tori: I agree with what Ben said, “presence”. I’m a visual person, so when I hear flow I imagine someone dancing in the middle of a room, completely present and enveloped by the sound of the music playing, inhibitions released, worries aside… in that moment your body responds to every little shift and change to the music in a very easy, free way. So ultimately this presence allows our whole spirit, mind, and body to connect to whatever situation the universe gives us, no matter what shifts or changes happen, we adapt and groove right along with it. You could even say flow is a form of freedom from the overstimulated mind. In my example, dancing, but this could be anything from a small mundane task you need to tackle to running an ultra marathon. We just happen to try and make this connection during a powerful asana practice.

What do you love most about what you do? 

Ben: The people. Tori and I have traveled over 100,000 miles and taught over 250 GWTF classes in the past
gowiththeflow32 and a half years, and the thing I’m most proud of is how many people we’ve connected with along the way. I love finding the bond between people, places and ideas, and when we travel for these tours, I’m able to dive into the lives of all the people we meet along the way. Their families, their homes, their stories and their passions. It gives me so much context as to how I live my life, and motivates me to immerse myself into new projects and adventures with each stop along the route.
Tori: Creating an experience for people where they can feel that freedom! I truly believe that the steady pace of the breath we present people with can alter their state, mentally and physically. And honestly just like anything you do over and over for a while, it’s good to check in with the foundations. Remind yourself why it worked and made you fall in love with it in the first place. Breath to us is one of those ultimate foundations.

Do you have any tips for keeping a consistent personal practice while on the road/traveling? 

Ben: Don’t force it! Yoga is so much more than a 90 minute hot power classes 3 times a week. Yoga is about an awareness of your body, and its interaction with the world. When you travel, you are putting a lot of unusual stress on your whole being, and the more you pay attention to that the better you’ll be at taking care of yourself. If you can go take a class while traveling, then AWESOME! Go, experience new communities, styles, and teachers. It will do so much for your understanding of the practice. BUT, don’t worry that you aren’t able to hit your yoga mat as much as you do at home. Sometimes the most yogic thing you can do for yourself is rest. I try to spend a decent amount of time stretching my hips, lower back and legs while I’m in bed. I also try to find a good place to lay on the floor with my legs up the wall to help release the tension from my sacrum after driving for hours… Whatever you do, know that it’s better than nothing, and that just taking note of how your body is responding to the travel is all the yoga you need in my book.
Tori: Ask yourself what you need, like really… what do you NEED? I am totally guilty of getting caught up with the pressure I put on myself to keep a routine, cardio, a strong asana practice, and eating super healthy on the road, but sometimes I have to realize that my body gets a little tired and I need to rest. Those are the moments I have to drop the often unrealistic expectations I’ve set for myself and say what would make me a better, more grounded version of myself today? Maybe it’s a yin class, maybe it’s a long walk, or maybe I need that 3 mile jog and a hot power class! Whatever it is, don’t do it just because you think you should and make your body resent you.

Where is one place you dream about traveling to teach? 

Ben: I would LOVE to travel abroad to teach our GO W/ THE FLOW around the globe in the near future. I have always wanted to go to Australia… and think I would jive well with those cats down under!
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Tori: Overseas! (Can we just count that as one place?) We’ve spread GO W/ THE FLOW love all over the United States and a bit in Canada the past 2.5 years, so it’d be amazing to push our edge a little further, really get outside of our comfort zone. Right now I feel like I want to a be a little scared, in awe, and have my perspective shifted. I also believe what we’re sharing is really universal, it’s all about connection, ain’t never a bad time or place for that!
Check out the GWTF Tour Schedule, to connect with Ben and Tori and to experience the FLOW.
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