The background for this photo is a green yoga mat. The background for the yoga mat is the Galt House hotel, in Louisville, KY.
The green mat is a yoga studio. The clipboard is an office.
Traveling can challenge the best of daily practices. Even more so than during the academic year, the daily practitioner has to jealously guard her writing and yoga time. Since all routine goes on the window during summer's shifting schedules and travels, the daily practice doesn't have an ordered slot to fit into in the way it may during a normal semester. On the one hand, this may make the work hard to get done. On the other hand, the instability of the rest of summer's schedule reveals the sanity-making importance of the regular practice--it's the one thing that remains constant as time zones, locales, and other activities form an ever changing kaleidoscope.
Getting this work done while traveling may mean shifting one's sense of the supplies necessary for practice. Staying in a hotel room while grading the AP English exam this week means not only no access to my home meditation space, but also a roommate who doesn't necessarily want to hear any Sanskrit chanting, gongs, or whatever else I may have going on at 5:30 in the morning. So, the headphones in the picture become my meditation space. I have a little plastic neti pot that can travel, and a mat; well, that's always been a portable yoga studio.
Technology has made writing and researching on the road a little easier; I have a novel I plan to use in my chapter revisions ready on my Kindle, and I can always look up stray facts on my phone. But low-tech solutions are equally important, and even beneficial. Having printed out my chapter, I can tuck just a few pages in my satchel to work on during breaks. While I might prefer to have my laptop, not lugging it with me each day saves my back and also means fewer internet distractions.
Again, it's all about the healthy pose, not the perfect pose.
How else does daily writing or daily yoga get done when everything else is shifting?
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