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practicing yoga off the mat.
Don’t you love the way you feel when you return from a long vacation? Refreshed, relaxed and renewed. It’s amazing what a couple nights’ away will do for the soul.
Traveling (for fun) is “me-time,” and it’s filled with loads of tranquil moments. From the quiet sunrise sipping your cup of joe to the colorful plate of local vegetables, vacation is our escape from the everyday mundane. We immerse ourselves in the culture through museums, bike rides, dinners, shopping and simply just sitting.
We can bring home these vacation attributes and make our everyday more exciting. Here are some ways to help you find your blissful vacation right at home.
In all, find the joy between the tasks and responsibilities. Laugh more. Smile more. Enjoy life more. Happy Traveling!
A neighbor and fellow gardener suggested I plant my summer vegetable garden in synch with the moon. Huh? I had never contemplated such an idea, but as I digested the information, it made sense. Fishermen follow tides schedules to catch the largest bounty. Farmers, too, use the moon to measure the amount of moisture in the ground.
The moon’s gravitational pull on the Earth controls not only high and low tides, but also how dry and moist the ground is. As a full moon approaches, the ground is thought to be especially moist and is great for planting crops that grow below the Earth’s surface such as potatoes and pumpkins. The new moon marks the perfect time to plant tomatoes, cucumbers and other plants that bloom above the ground.
In addition, many Indian tribes, especially the Algonquians, gave full moons names to keep track of the seasons. Reoccurring full moons like June’s Strawberry Moon signifies the best time to harvest summer’s juiciest berries. The Strawberry Moon is also known as the Rose Moon in Europe where strawberries are not native. Other cultures refer to June’s moon as the Hot Moon in reference to the start of summer.
Whether or not you’re a gardener, plan a special evening outdoors on June 13 when the Strawberry Moon appears. Pick up a pint of fresh strawberries, and add them to your beverages, salads and desserts. Cheers to summer, and cheers to Mother Nature!
June kicks off the summer travel season for most including me. I start planning for any vacation with a to-do list. What needs to go, what needs to be washed, what errands still need to be run. I thrive on these lists and all the pre-planning. Though, once we step out the door, I have to let go of control.
Airline postponements, road construction and weather delays are all out of our control. But they have such an effect on our emotional state. Sitting on the tarmac for more than 30 minutes gets anyone’s blood pumping. Oh, and what if you are traveling with little ones? They are less patient than adults. Here are a few tips to help you survive this travel season.
Certain yoga poses can alleviate body aches, mental frustration and indigestion. You can print or view my Destination Yoga sequence or try some of the below poses. And if you don’t have room for a yoga mat, purchase a pair of Yoga Paws and use a towel at the hotel.