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

Let me introduce myself...

My name is Mindy and I have a passion for Yoga. Not just the physical stuff but ALL of it. I have used Yoga in my life to get thru divorce, anxiety, depression, grief, and so much more. Thru the practice of Yoga my life has changed. I started my journey early at the age of 19 and that is when I met Martha. She and I have lots in common despite age differences, upbringing and all those other societal norms. One of the things we have in common besides Yoga is we love to travel, we love good food and wine and we love to laugh.

Martha and her husband, Gary have been friends for a long time and I am honored to consider them my family. When Martha started talking about Yoga on the road this idea came to me of creating a book for anyone and everyone that loves to travel but wants to stay limber in body and spirit. If you can remember that flexibility is a state of mind then I can promise you that you will benefit from the many things we are going to be offering here at Road Tripper Yoga. Besides, you know it’s going to be good because you got something founded on three people with a like mind working together to benefit humanity. Doesn’t that sound like something worth checking out?

I am looking forward to all the things that we are going to share with you. Stay tuned and share our blog, website, and join us on Facebook and Instagram. We are here to help you feel good mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I promise it’s not that hard and you will feel better. Join our mailing list to be in the know for when we publish our first book and to learn some great tips about how to live your best life on the open road. Besides, movement is life so let’s keep on rolling!

Peace In, Peace Out

Mindy

Mindy in Headstand photo by Michael Cottrell

Mindy in Headstand photo by Michael Cottrell

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