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 became best known for her backbending practice after producing Freedom of the Body DVD; an instructional video on backbends. Since its conception it has reached students all over the globe. Heather is also the producer of the Advanced series and a 2-part meditation CD. For 15 years, Heather directed The Yoga Way (TYW); a Toronto yoga school offering 6-week yoga programs. Founded in 1997 it was a niche within the Toronto Yoga community. Her life in Yoga, however, did not always look this way. Heather`s original aspirations lay in the Dramatic Arts for which she has a university degree. But feeling the pressures of not fitting in, Heather left Canada to live and work in South Korea where she travelled extensively for 2 years. Dabbling in yoga here and there it was not until she returned to Canada that she embarked on formal yoga training. To date, she has made 17 trips over 17 years to India to study with her teachers. She is the first Canadian woman to receive certification in the 1st & 2nd series from the AtmaVikasa Yogic Center of Sciences in Mysore, India. And later obtained a Masters of Education with a thesis on Yoga for children in school. Heather has been featured in The Globe & Mail, Toronto Life Magazine and other media sources. In 2012, Heather closed TYW to fulfill more personal aspirations. Today, she is a mother and in between teaching and practice writes for travel magazines, YogaLife, HelloYoga, EJ and MBG. You can find her on facebook.

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