Breaking Routine: Asana By the Sea
Today, my practice didn't go as planned. Instead of practicing alone in the shala after teaching class, I ended up meeting a yogi friend to practice by the sea!
Here in Cocoa Beach, we have an incredible public space called Lori Wilson Park. It has winding trails through the hammock (tropical forest), large sand dunes, and a beautiful, wide sandy beach. The best part is the expansive deck overlooking the ocean which is perfect for practicing yoga.
I used to practice here frequently. Then somewhere along the line, I got super serious and only practiced inside a shala. I think I was seeking as little distraction as possible. At the park, it can get breezy or intensely sunny, there can be commentating passers-by, or the rolling waves can entice you. It is not distraction-free, but there is a tangible peacefulness you cannot find indoors.
I had a great time practicing with my friend Christina. She did Vinyasa flow while I did Full Primary. It felt good to be easygoing about my practice by getting outside and practicing alongside a different style.
They say that routine leads to stagnation...or something like that. Perhaps it's good to change things up now and again. I believe it's completely possible to have a meditative practice outside, and any distractions can be used as a test of our ability to turn inward. So go ahead, get yourself outside and lay down a traditional practice in a non-traditional setting :)