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

Thank you to my car....

My clean, road ready ride!

My clean, road ready ride!

Dear car, 
Thank you for my Yoga practice. 
Love, 
Martha

To tell you the truth I’ve procrastinated about cleaning my car for several
months. Yes, I said months. On the few sunny days we’ve had lately I did drive
by the carwash. The place was so crowded I thought they were giving away
something for free! I drove on because I didn’t have time to wait. (I didn’t
have time to wait for someone else to wash my car - what’s going on with us that
we’re so over scheduled we can’t maintain the lives we’ve tried so hard to
create? More thoughts on this later) 


I realized I haven’t washed my own car in several years. I would always take it
to be washed where, even if the car wash is busy and it takes over an hour (which
it usually does), I sit and wait because I think this is saving me time. Is it
REALLY? 


So finally, today, I washed my car inside and out. I did it myself. And before I
knew it, I found myself in a Yoga practice. I was finding yoga posture after
yoga posture to get my car clean (My car was really dirty). I was able to do the
following postures washing my car:

forward fold (many), triangle, standing
straddle, foot hand forward fold, chair, half-moon balance, pigeon, table top, 
reclining spiral twist, leg lift, cobra

and I even found some positions I’m
pretty sure have no names. I thanked my car and felt appreciation while I was
washing it. I think it sounds a little materialistic but I do love my car. I
think it’s an achievement to be able to make such a large purchase. This car
cost more than my first house! Plus, it gets me where I want and need to go.

 
I felt so at peace to have a clean car. I even enjoyed how tired I was from
doing the work myself. I realized gratitude for my car. Which made me think what
other things in my life might I be taking for granted? I know I might get in my
car, push the button and away I’ll go without one thought of appreciation for
the roads I drive on. Or it’s easy to crawl into my warm bed after having a
satisfying meal without appreciation for what I have and the place where I am
right then.

My yoga practice has helped me with this. My goal each day is to
remember to breathe and pay attention. Mindfully engage in the moment with
whomever and whatever I’m doing at the time. The next time you do yard work, 
cook for your family and friends, take care of your pets, give your child a bath or even wash your own car, appreciate and have gratitude for the moment. And do it with  joy in your heart! Send out good vibes and good vibes will come back to you! 
It’s a wonderful life. 

Eat well and travel often! 
With Gratitude, Martha