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

Before yoga, Heather's life aspirations were very different than the path she ultimately took. After starting what looked like a promising modelling career, Heather Morton left Canada to live and work in South Korea. This was a pivotal shift in her life's map where she began teaching not only English but yoga. And by the way, she had no idea what she was doing! Today, she is a dedicated teacher and student of yoga having made 17 trips to India in 17 years to study Yoga under her teachers. Her passion for learning includes staying in ashrams and returning to university to obtain a Masters of Education. Combining her love for yoga and children she conducted a 2-year ethnographic thesis on Yoga for children in the Indian educational system. Meanwhile back in Toronto, Canada, she founded and directed her own yoga school for 15 years. The Yoga Way (TYW) was a niche school in that it was the only one not to be a 'drop-in' centre. Heather also produced podcasts, manuals, videos, a teacher training text and DVDS and CDS. Freedom of the Body DVD is one of the first instructional practice videos on back bending yoga. Heather has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life magazine and other media sources like YogaLife, HelloYoga and MindBodyGreen. More recently, Heather jumped over the pond and into family life. She resides in Germany near the Swiss border where she is a mum of a beautiful boy. Find her on facebook.

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