No Matter Where I am—Yoga Is.

Via on Aug 1, 2012

It doesn’t matter to me if I am in the smallest room in the world—I will practice.

I have deliberately stayed in hotel rooms with tiled floors and kept the AC off in order to practice when in India or traveling. I have also had furniture, tables and lamps removed. These landed in the hallway, another room or on the balcony if they were in the way. The hotel staff are always completely baffled by this.

For the most part, I have enough space for the standard yoga mat. The worst condition I ever had in India was the year I went to Amristar. Advertised as a spacious room, I had less than two feet from the bed to the wall.

My husband asked if I had figured out how to practice under the bed.

To continually practice like this takes discipline, dedication and not being attached to a ‘nice’ practice environment or even experience. When I return home in a week I’ll also have to practice in the bathroom while a new practice room is constructed.

As one of former yoga students remarked, “You are very devoted or you have a large bathroom.”

My temporary practice room at home

No matter where I am the practice goes on.

In my room in Mysore I make the space to make it happpen…..

Editor: Lynn Hasselberger

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About Heather Morton

Heather Morton currently teaches classes and retreats internationally including in India. She became known for her work on yoga backbends by producing Freedom of the Body DVD ; an instructional practice video on backbending. Since its conception it has continued to reach students all over the globe. For 15 years, Heather directed The Yoga Way (TYW); a Toronto yoga school she founded offering structured yoga programs and no drop-ins. Over the last 17 years she has returned 17 times to India to study yoga under her teachers including Shri K. Pattabhi Jois and Yogacharya Venkatesha in Mysore. Coming to yoga, however, was not her original aspiration after starting what looked like a promising modelling career. Heather left Canada to live and work in South Korea; a pivotal shift in search of 'herself'. After extensive travelling and teaching, Heather returned to Canada to study yoga and founded TYW. As a post-graduate student she also conducted ethnographic research on Yoga for children in Mysore and obtained a Masters of Education. Heather has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life Magazine and other media sources. In between teaching, practice and motherhood she writes for YogaLife, HelloYoga and MindBodyGreen. Find her on facebook.

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