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 Morton began what looked like a promising modelling career. Feeling estranged from the modelling world, Heather altered her path by living and working in South Korea for several years. Today, Heather is a dedicated yoga student having made 15 trips to India in 15 years to study under her teachers. She is first Canadian teacher to be certified both in the 1st & 2nd series of AtmaVikasa Yoga. Heather holds many yoga certificates including university degrees. Her Masters of Education was an ethnographic thesis on Yoga for children in the Indian educational system. For 15 years she ran The Yoga Way (TYW) offering classes with personal training. As its founding director, Heather developed yoga programs making TYW the only school not to be a 'drop-in' centre in Toronto. Heather produced podcasts, manuals, videos, a teacher training text and instructional dvds and cds. Freedom of the Body dvd is an instructional practice video on backbending yoga. Heather has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life magazine and other media sources and shares her experiences in writing on several on-line sites. More recently, Heather took a leap of faith over the pond and into family life by residing in Germany near the Swiss border. Find her on facebook.

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