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I love seeing someone break out into a Downward-Facing Dog in an unlikely place. It’s a testament–not only to the portability of the practice–but also to the amazing benefits. After all, unless you’re the kind of person who craves attention from strangers, it takes some guts to bust out a yoga pose when everyone else is sitting quietly … it has to be worth it! I’m a firm believer that squeezing a little yoga in here and there is a great way to get your practice in and help you through your day–no matter where you are.
Here are my favorite unusual places to practice yoga.
1. At work. Last week, I did a half Down Dog at my desk (hands on my desk, butt very much in the air). A co-worker happened to be walking by at the moment when I stood back up. “What are you doing?” she asked with a confused look on her face. I might be the office weirdo because of my yoga habit, but if it keeps me from having stiff muscles and a stressed-out vibe, it’s worth it!
2. In the car. I’ve developed several fabulous yoga “poses” than can be practiced safely from behind my steering wheel during my commute. My favorites are Driving Pigeon (this requires cruise control) and Checking-My-Blind-Spot Twist (which is a lot more satisfying during red lights than when actually checking my blind spot).
3. At the airport. You know that crazy lady sitting in the middle of the floor stretching while everyone else is gathered at the gate waiting impatiently? That was probably me. (And, for the record, I think you’re crazy NOT to use your layover for a mini yoga session.)
4. Waiting in line. I believe it was a Desiree Rumbaugh workshop when I first heard the suggestion to practice Tadasana legs in line at the grocery store, bank, etc. I’ve been doing it ever since. Not only does it give me something positive to think about, it also helps me to be more patient and understanding of the person who has to cater to all the impatient people in line.
5. The great outdoors. For me, yoga is about connection. Connection of movements with breath; connection of my body with my spirit; and connection with the outside world. Practicing outside is a lovely metaphor, whether I practice in the park or at the beach.
What’s your favorite unconventional place to practice yoga?