Q:What do you love most about the traveling aspect of your job? Once I get through airport security and make it to my seat on the plane, I feel a great decompression happening. When I am away and working I am only doing one thing, whereas when I am home there are always a multitude of things happening that require my attention. My favorite part of travelling is doing one thing.
Q: You often teach and lead retreats beyond your home state. What’s your advice to those attending a training or retreat in another country? Read up on where you are going. Check on the typical weather, the bug situation, etiquette, learn a little about the culture and the history and then when you are there be open to a new experience, dive in and experience new things. Try food that is unfamiliar, talk to the locals and discover this new place.
Q: Let’s talk packing. What are your essentials? I like to have a small bottle of face wash and my toothbrush and toothpaste with me as well as a change of socks and underwear. If you get stuck at an airport for a long period of time you can at least freshen up. I also always travel with bars or some other food item. Purchasing food in airports is expensive and often not healthy. I bring Thieves oil to put on the bottom of my feet while I travel. My travel pillow is a must (I like the “J” pillow) as well as a yoga strap. My back often hurts in the plane seat but if I tighten the strap around my thighs it helps.
Q: What are your travel tips for staying sane? I love a good book or podcast, I also bring my color pencils and coloring book. Staying hydrated is key and I like to walk the airport. Also, before they close the plane door, I text my son to tell him I love him, this always puts me in a good place.
Q: What type of practice do you do while you are on the road? What are your favorite road poses? I try to meditate and do pranayama each morning when I travel. If I have time I’ll do a few rounds of sun salute.
Q: Where would you like to travel next for a yoga retreat? In July 2018, I am headed to Gautemala with my friend Lisa Gulotta for a Yoga & Service Retreat and then Yoganand and I will be going to Fiji in October. I am excited about both of these trips. I also hope to visit Holland, New Zealand and some day the Galapegos!