Handling Travel

Came across an interesting article in Yoga Journal:

Techniques to prevent anxiety and restlessness make any trip more relaxing. Establishing a rhythm is easy at home, where you control your schedule and can settle into a comfortable routine. But when you’re traveling, that rhythm is disrupted, which can throw you off-kilter. To set yourself at ease on any journey, learn how to ground yourself.

Staying grounded away from home really comes down to being mindful and centered regardless of changing environments, time zones, and meal plans. “It means finding a relationship between your brain, body, and breath that disconnects you from the past and future but aligns your energy in the present,” says Lawrence Biscontini, manager at the Wyndham’s Golden Door Spa in Fajardo, Puerto Rico. “When you’re grounded, you breathe well, digest well, and concentrate on the present well.”

In other words, you enjoy each moment to its fullest.

Furthermore the article says:

Detach from Results: It’s natural to harbor dreams of perfection when you travel, because you’ve invested time, money, and effort. But when the inevitable mishap does occur like missing a connecting flight, getting sick, or being stranded without a hotel reservation yoga philosophy can help.

So what would Patanjali do? He’d probably remember the second of the eight limbs of classical yoga, the niyamas (observances). Cultivating two of the niyamas in particular,Ishvara pranidhana (the practice of surrender) and samtosha (contentment), can help remind you that oftentimes, the joy is in the journey, whatever unexpected form it may take.

This reminds me that I need to watch the tapes on Patanjali Yoga Sutra’s by Guruji

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