I have to say this last week has definitely been the most challenging week of my whole trip for staying disciplined in my movement practice... for a variety of reason. Honestly, I thought I would be taking surf lessons everyday and yoga class and this would be my fitness and movement... however, given I got hurt very early on in the week I have been restricted from both activities. Add that to the extreme sweltering heat, inability to do much standing on my foot, and lack of a yoga mat for kneeling has made it very challenging indeed... challenging, but not impossible - just had to approach it differently and practice a little acceptance of what is, rather then what could be.
I would say, I appreciate any movement, to no movement, but it definitely hasn’t looked or felt the way I prefer. I miss my inward experience of getting to really hone in on what my body needs and adapt my own yoga practice...
I realize how badly I would love my own yoga mat to have any time of day or night anywhere I go. Yes it is space consuming, but it create a world of more opportunities for me to move in various ways, honoring my body, restorative movement for my joints, as well as handstand, headstand, shoulder stand play.
So I will definitely be looking for somewhere to purchase one of these on the road in forward travel, and attach it to the straps on the outside of my bag - I can see the value in it and it’s worth the extra weight.
Most places, aside from where I have had a mat, are rather difficult to have variety of movement options, as I’m usually restricted to hot sand or hot concrete surfaces. So I do what I can do. This week I have focused on some upper body movements - mostly done seated to rest my foot. No cardio, as it’s challenging to do much conditioning w/o use of foot, but I figure I drop enough sweat it counts right? Lol 😂 seriously though - it’s hotter then hell here ... I thought once I escaped the high elevation and found my way back to sea level it would be easier to breath- but it turns out to be much harder in the thick humid air.
So needless to say- I’m mostly focused on upper body band movements to just keep joints moving - and some glute bridges or hamstring curls as much as my heal can handle. Before my foot got hurt I was doing some conditioning wods in the sand by the water to stay cool! That was refreshing and came with free exfoliation as a bonus. Oh and once again, definitely rolling solo because most people look @ me like I’m crazy to be doing any workout outside of the water & surf! 🤷🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️
Now to venture on, keep letting foot heal, and find a yoga mat in the meantime! What’s next on the menu? We shall see 🤔