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Victoria is one of those cities where life is lived a little slower. Oh, sure there's all the amenities of a busy city and definitely all the restaurants. But, coffeeshops close early and many businesses are closed on Sunday. The secret, I think, is an appreciation for nature, the outdoors, and history...Read More
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When I dream of blue skies, I dream of San Francisco. The city of a thousand views captivates in many ways. My love of walking endlessly from neighborhood to neighborhood began here. My love of wandering from stall to stall at farmer’s markets began here. There are 260 sunny days in the city and this guide takes full advantage of that.Read More
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So, you're about to be cramped up in a car seat for how long?
Going on a road trip to the beach? Or, maybe you're relocating as a full-time traveler? Either way, the time you spend sitting can leave you a little tight and cranky. We’ve all been there. The excitement fades as you squirm in your seat, anxious for a good stretch. Every bump in the road seems to annoy you whether literal or some travel obstacle you didn't plan for.
Well, there's a yoga for that! A combination of hip openers, spinal twists, and backbends loosen the area affected most by sitting in the same position for a long time. Taking a few more minutes to practice pranayama (controlled breathing exercises) help to calm the body and focus the mind. Typical travel stressors seem less intense with a clear mind and open body.
If you're not subscribed to Yogaglo, I do recommend it. Luckily, Youtube has an alternative that will get you ready for the long drive ahead.
Now that your body is warmed up you'll notice less squirming on the road. To focus your mind and become less agitated throughout the trip, follow this step by step guide on sama vritti pranayama (equal ratio breathing). This breathing exercise stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, creating balance within. Stopping at a gas station that is out of service when you're gas tank is so close to empty probably wont result in a temper tantrum this time.
I know your road trip checklist has enough things on it already. Adding in this pre travel routine will help you flow like water through it all.