Why did I start Road Tripper Yoga???

 

Why did I start taking Yoga classes you want to know? The answer is my right hip was hurting so much that the quality and joy in my life were being altered by this nagging pain. I did the normal average route to get answers, this did not work for me. I wanted to find an alternative. I have used Yoga, acupuncture and massage therapy (he introduced me to my fascia) to get me back on my feet with happiness! When I first started taking Yoga it was all about flexibility, strength and stamina. To my wondering eyes what appeared was my heart and soul were happier! Really? Yes, really! The mindfulness and breath work you do during a yoga practice settles your mind, body and spirit. That is why I am becoming a teacher and why I have started Road Tripper Yoga with Mindy Searcey. Mindy always inspires me to know myself a little bit better. I want to share my passion for Yoga to get people moving their bodies, even if you can’t touch your toes! 

 We don’t use our body to get into a pose, we use the pose to get into our body. Yoga and life are all about your breath on the mat and off. Think about it, haven’t you heard this statement to settle yourself? “Take a deep breath and everything will be ok” this is so true!  I agree with Mindy, “you can’t control people, places or things.” - move on with what you can, create a life you want that makes you joyous. As one that is older and wiser. 😊 I know I need to create this for myself not depend on family and friends to create this for me. I am the lone warrior to make it happen!  I have been static for the last couple of years trying to find my “passion.” What is that anyway? My children have discussed this with me on many occasions, giving me books and journals to try and find myself. They have, why can’t I? I gave all my passion to my work as many of you have - time, energy, creativity, brain power, heart and soul - this is not happening any longer because I have retired. I wish for you to figure this out sooner than I did before you retire, to have a work life balance. I go to a fantastic massage therapist, he figured this out at 25. I am just getting it at 63! What!! Please don’t think I have had a sad life because I haven’t, I have had a super job, wonderful supportive kids and husband! Now, they are my biggest cheerleaders for this new chapter in my life!! I am so excited to get started with Road Tripper Yoga. I will be on this journey with a fantastic team – Mindy, Grant and my husband Gary, you will hear about Gary often! Funny man, he is also our driver, photographer and anything that needs to be fixed he can do it! Handy person to have around, he is also my best friend. Let’s get our bodies moving again with Yoga! If you see us on the road traveling in our Airstream, please ask me about some postures you can do while you are on the move!

Eat well, Travel often!

With Gratitude, Martha

Martha in Tree Chair pose

Change is good...

Wow…what an extraordinary year 2017 has been for me! In March, I retired from my 20-year job at 63 years old. I retired from driving 3 hours a day in Atlanta traffic. I retired from being an active member of a day-to-day workforce. And I found myself asking….Now what?

The one lesson I seem to be reminded of the most is that each unexpected event in your life is a blessing in disguise. I may not be happy in that moment but I soon realize I can choose to be ecstatic with the new changes in my life. In my last week of working I decided to take North Georgia Yoga Center’s Yoga Teacher Training taught by my awesome Yoga teacher, Mindy Searcey. (who you’ll hear more about and from later!) This started me on a big time journey of Yoga! 

I am Mindy’s oldest student teacher…and the stiffest. I can’t do a headstand and I can’t touch my toes without bending my knees. But I can tell you, firsthand, you don’t have to get in a pretzel pose to feel the benefits of Yoga for your mind, body and spirit. My husband and I travel often in our Airstream and long hours on the road cause stiff joints for both of us. To combat my stiff joints, I started practicing Yoga postures when we would stop and rest.

We love our Airstream and plan on traveling even more since my retirement so I asked Mindy about some postures I could do while traveling. We quickly found ourselves excited about the idea and thought we should share this information with everyone - pulling together a series of postures to help you feel better so you can have a more relaxing road/life trip. Because that’s how we are - We like to share!

 And that’s exactly what we’re here to do. Share! At Road Tripper Yoga we’ll be sharing our story as we use Yoga to enhance our road tripper life. You don’t have to leave your living room or, more likely, your kitchen to practice with us - we hang out more in our kitchen than anywhere else in the house! We all get stiff from remaining stationary at home or at our workstations and if you’re anything like me, on the road.

So let’s move, fellow travelers! Let’s spark a movement revolution like we had in the 70’s! Let’s explore our passion with the help of Road Tripper Yoga! I look forward to sharing with you. So much more to come.

 

Eat Well and Travel Often!

With Gratitude,

Martha 

Martha in Hastasana:) in front of the 31 ' Airstream

Martha in Hastasana:) in front of the 31 ' Airstream