Lalique Gangcuangco

Name: Lalique Gangcuangco

Instagram: @Laliquekae

Where do you live? Los Angeles, CA

How often do you travel? 3-5 trips a year and monthly visits to San Diego

Where do you go?

A bit of both! Mostly domestic to explore my own backyard, but international is the goal!

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I LOVE experiencing and bringing my daily lifestyle to new places, so I enjoy taking classes everywhere I go and practicing at the airport, on the road, or in the hotel room! Yoga is different for everyone—every teacher, every student, every class—and something about the uniqueness of each different place, teacher and community brings me a sense of refreshing renewal in my body, mind and spirit. It brings me an addicting thrill and takes me off autopilot!

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!

If I want to / am tired, I can fall asleep within 1 minute, anywhere at anytime

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

Do enchiladas count? Of course they do :) Mexican food for all the self-explanatory reasons!

Tell us about your last trip

My last trip was an adventurous and almost spontaneous road trip to Joshua Tree National Park and Big Bear Mountain just last month (Dec 2014)! It was a special birthday/Christmas gift from my boyfriend who's my number one travel and adventure buddy!

We arrived in Joshua Tree late at night on December 26th. The both had never been to Joshua Tree, so we weren't sure of what to expect other than what we saw online and through our AirBnb reservation. But that's the whole point of adventure, right?!

When we arrived, it was pitch black outside—at 7PM—with the stars being the only thing illuminating the sky, and we were greeted by our host's sweet dog while they were out at dinner. When our hosts returned, we found our gorgeous Temple Room and settled right in! The house was mindfully decorated with chakra pieces, works of art gifted by prior guests, and other psychedelic decor—from the guest bedrooms to the restroom to the community lounge. The following day was spent at The Integratron at an amazing, uplifting sound bath. It was literally magical! Of course, I took my time to continue my traveling yogi project #AsanasAbroad EVERYWHERE! The next morning, we were off to Big Bear Mountain in hopes to see snow!

I had not been to Big Bear in over 10 years, so it was definitely a sweet treat—like having a cone of your favorite ice cream on the coolest day you've felt in ages. My sneaky boyfriend surprised me with a stay at an amazing, themed cottage at the Castle Wood Cottages dubbed "King Arthur"! You can only imagine what it looked like. It was decorated with medieval armor and swords, wood, cool grey bricks, and vines, and castle doors! Absolutely stunning! During our 2 night, 2 day stay, we explored in the settled snow and engaged in yoga shenanigans aka #AsanasAbroad! This was our first, but definitely not our last road trip!

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase

The Satya necklace my boyfriend gave me when I finished YTT

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

Australia, the Philippines, Costa Rica, Canada (Churchill Manatoba), Thailand

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey'

My yoga journey began in 2009 when I was a senior in high school, but I've been practicing more consistently throughout the past 2 years. During this time, my passion for yoga has grown so much stronger since I've become a nurse. In all honesty, curiosity, suppressed stress, and a personal need for change set me on my path to yoga back in 2009.

My yoga experience has been a continuous introspective journey. I've learned so much about myself and developed a more free-spirited approach to daily trials and tribulations. People who I've met along the way, especially through yoga, won't believe me when I say that I used to be a very controlled and need-to-be-in-control type of person—what I now know is part of the Type A Pitta side of me. 

With all the physical, mental, and spiritual changes I've experienced and seen in others through yoga, I feel compelled to spread that beautiful Light. I want to help improve the quality of life of everyone I encounter. I aspire to promote worldwide wellness—to relieve people of stress and anxiety, to ease their fears, to improve their physical and mental strength, to repair their confidence, to instill gratitude and happiness, to help them balance their ego, to quiet their minds, to heightened their awareness. I aim to cultivate this positivity, strength, and peace of mind in the communities I serve and visit.

Anything else?

Follow my wanderlusting yoga journey hashtag #AsanasAbroad on Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter :)

Stay tuned for MUCH more from this intrepid gal + future collaborations with her #AsanasAbroad hashtag! Oh, and make sure to follow her on Instagram as Lalique is one of our fabulous hosts for Feb yoga challenge: #keepcalmandtravelOM

Sandra Hernandez

Name: Sandra Hernandez

Instagram: @solunalife

Where do you live? United States

How often do you travel? My life is an adventure!

Where do you go?

I have traveled around the world on a ship and lived in Colombia, Chile, New Zealand, and the US.

I try to go somewhere at least once a month, whether its a weekend 2 hours away from my house or 3 weeks exploring another country.

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I try my hardest to find beautiful outdoor places to practice in - I LOVE being in nature.

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!

I am mildy obsessed with hiking socks - the most comfortable things in the world!

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

Tabbouleh - because its the best thing ever!!! Seriously! Go eat some now!

Tell us about your last trip

I just returned from an incredible trip to Colombia that was full of sunrise hikes, waterfalls, caves, tomb exploring, and even a Nasa indian astral journey ritual.

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase

Comfy colorful yoga pants. Tons of them. They pack well, dry fast, and the key word is COMFY!

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

Is it cliche if I say EVERYWHERE?!

The most IMMEDIATE destinations that I plan on exploring are Tulum (Mexico), Yosemite National Park, India, and Greece. I also just read about some wild apple forests in Kazakhstan that sound absolutely incredible.

Costa Rica... Europe...

I NEED to experience the Aurora Borealis at some point in my life. Antarctica!

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey'

I come from a spiritual family and have always been drawn to practices that integrate the body, mind, and soul, but I did not begin practicing yoga until high school, where I was fortunate enough to be part of a Kripalu Yoga collaboration in which we were able to practice yoga instead of gym class.

During college I dabbled in yoga while taking every opportunity I could to study abroad and explore the world. Once I graduated college, I quickly entered the typical 9-5 work life in Boston. In the months that followed, I managed to spin deeper and deeper into a black hole of emotion, brightened only by the hours in the week I spent attempting to connect my mind, body, and soul through yoga and meditation.

Last july, I decided that I was ready to begin enjoying my life and shaping myself into the person I want to be. I realized that I would never be happy working an office job. My body and mind require activity, stimulation, and I can’t think of a better way to nourish my soul than practicing and teaching yoga to others that may need the same sort of release and realization. I want to inspire.

Make sure to follow Sandra on Instagram & stay tuned for more from this wanderlusting yogini!

Elli Yokochi

Name: Elli Yokochi

Instagram: @elli_lei

Where do you live?: Charlottesville, VA U.S.A

How often do you travel?: Generally 3-4 x/year. One or two big trips and some smaller trips.

Where do you go?

I take advantage of any travel opportunity that comes my way and go where my heart leads me.  For example, when I was 20 years old, and my bff from high school was studying for a semester in London, I was so there!

I love to travel both domestically and internationally. We have such a beautiful country with so much diversity, I love to explore the U.S and want to see as much of it as possible. Of course, there is something so magical and exciting about traveling internationally and immersing yourself in a different culture. I can have a good time anywhere, so I am down for anyplace that gets me out of the “routine” and anyplace that I’ve never been.

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I have done lots of hotel room yoga! Even in tiny hotel rooms, I will make it happen.

If a sunny patch of grass call to me, I'll jump into a flow or wheel or inversion; whatever feels good. Outdoor yoga is the best!

I'm all about some airport yoga too. I have no shame in asana-ing it up at the gate; especially before a long flight. My trick is to go to a gate that doesn't have a flight leaving soon so you have more space. I also just put my jacket on the floor to do headstands. I recently got up from a headstand in Tokyo Narita to find a bunch of people staring at me. Whoopsie! What am I suppose to do before a 12 hour flight!

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!

My cat Lulu, is the coolest cat in the world! I know, everyone loves their cat, so that's not very weird, but how many people can say they saved their cat from falling out of a tree, by catching her in one hand! When Lulu was still a cute little kitten we found her about 15 feet up in a tree. (She's adventurous and athletic just like her Mom. ;) She wouldn't come down so I began to walk away. Right then she slipped and was hanging by her little paws! I ran back and made it just the moment she let go. That’s when I caught her with one hand right under her front legs! I also sometimes eat sheets of seaweed (“nori” in Japanese) for a snack. Lulu loves nori too! So I will feed her little pieces of it.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

I love that you have "foreign" in parenthesis. We live in such a small, connected world nowadays, you can pretty much get any kind of food anywhere. And I LOVE that!

I recently had a yummy crepe at a very authentic creperie in Kyoto, Japan and last summer I had sushi in Paris! While I love eating like the locals do, this girl likes to change things up, even when it comes to food. What can I say? I guess I was over eating bread and cheese in France and even got tired of Japanese food after having it day after day. (And I'm half Japanese!)

But I digress. If I have to pick a fave foreign food it would be gelato in the sweet category because its smooth, creamy, and amazing and comes in so many delicious flavors! In the savory category, I have to go with sushi! It's like comfort food to me. Luckily, I can get both of those right at home in Charlottesville, Virginia. A dream place to live for any foodie, just FYI. However, when I'm actually traveling, what I am most on the lookout for is VEGGIES! Why does it seem so hard to get your veggies while traveling?! The first thing I want to eat when I return home from a trip, is my green smoothie packed with superfoods!!

Tell us about your last trip

My last trip was to Japan! (Yay!) It was with my Dad! (*gasp!) Haha! All joking aside, I was super excited for this trip. I was born in Japan and lived there until age 4. I went back once when I was 10 and hadn't been back since. (That's 24 years ago!)

My entire Dad's side of the family lives in Japan, so I was so happy to be able to see my Obaasan (Grandma), cousins, aunt's, uncles and family friends. Since I lived there as a young child, I have always felt at home in big cities and in subways and crowded streets. We were all over the place so spent a good bit of time on the Shinkansen (bullet train), which I find to be great meditation, journaling or reading time.

We arrived in Tokyo, then went to Iwata, Kyoto, Matsuyama, Nagoya, back to Iwata then Tokyo before flying out. I loved the beautiful temples in Kyoto and the shopping there was the best! I soaked in a huge Onsen tub (hot spring) in Matsuyama and toured an amazing castle. It was all about oranges in Matsuyama. Apparently, they grow a lot of oranges there. Who knew? I had orange beer, orange coffee, an orange scone, and orange nuts. I even saw orange flavored kit-kats! What I love about Japan is how everyone is so polite and the super fancy toilets!

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase

Must be my yoga pants! I mean, I'm not fitting a yoga mat in there. I am not known to be a light packer. I like shoe and clothing options. You've got to be ready for anything! I still don't know how anyone backpacks. That amazes me. I def always have some yoga pants, sports bras and tanks in my suitcase.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

I love this question! I have a running list titled "places I would like to go," in the notes section of my phone. I also have many destinations on the vision boards all over my room. Hey, it works! I have already manifested traveling to several places that are on my vision boards!

Okay, here's my short list: Egypt, Greece, Italy, Thailand, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, Bali, Bora Bora. My list also includes some domestic spots and places where I'd like to visit family.

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey'

I first tried yoga in 2000. I loved it instantly. It came naturally since I was a gymnast as a kid, and a cheerleader through college. That gave me a solid foundation of mind-body awareness, strength and flexibility. I would go to classes weekly, but it wasn't until about 5 or 6 years ago that I really deepened my practice.

I had some major health issues due to multiple brain injuries and I was not able to exercise for awhile. I couldn't even clean or cook. It was incredibly difficult for me since I was always an athlete. That's when I developed my own practice because I couldn't tolerate a whole yoga class. I had to figure out just how much I could do so that I felt better and not worse. I would do chakra opening and charging exercises and gentle sun salutations.

It was a big part of my healing journey among many other modalities. It has only been in the last couple years that I have really gotten back into power vinyasa and I'm obsessed. There's nothing like pushing yourself with new poses and wringing yourself out with sweat. I will finish my 200 hour yoga teacher training in February 2015! I'm so grateful to have the strength and energy to move my body and I'm stoked to spread the love!

Anything else?: 

  1. I'm a pitta dosha.
  2. I'm an ordained priest through Sanctuary of the Beloved, order of Melchizidek. It's not a religion, but a service order all about love and oneness. There are over 17,000 of us all over the world and we serve through free will and individual expression to aid in the transformation of the world.
  3. I appreciate authenticity, vulnerability, real, quality time and deep connections. My favorite thing is LOVE because that really encompasses everything and is All That Is.

Leah Sugerman

Singapore 

Singapore 

Name: Leah Sugerman

Instagram: @TheNomadicYogi + @Leahpye

Where do you live?

Hong Kong (at the moment - originally from the US)

How often do you travel?

As often as possible. Now that I live in Asia, it is a bit more accessible. :)

Where do you go?

Anywhere and everywhere.

My last trip started in China and then looped all of Southeast Asia. Then I moved to Cambodia and then vacationed in Cyprus, Turkey & Lebanon before moving to Hong Kong. I like to go EVERYwhere!

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I am a yoga instructor so I try to maintain my home practice in my hotel room...or more likely on the beach. I also love to take classes from as many different teachers as possible so I try to take at least one class wherever I go.

Sometimes, I don't maintain my practice because I'm too caught up in being in the moment experiencing a new place to worry about asanas...but to me, that is often more yogic than what happens on my mat :)

Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia

Angkor, Cambodia

One weird/funny fact about you:

I rarely ever brush my hair...one day it will be one big, long dread :P

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

Mozzerella di Buffala because there is nothing better than cheese that melts in your mouth. Nothing.

Tell us about your last trip: 

Ganda, Tibet, China

Ganda, Tibet, China

I was unsatisfied with my life back at home in the US, so I decided to do something about it, so I up and moved to Siem Reap, Cambodia where I was offered a position teaching yoga at a retreat center.

I fell in love with a wonderful Australian boy who was then offered a job in Hong Kong and asked me to join him. But, of course, since we were both going to go back to full time work, we decided that we needed to have a short trip first. So, we spent a month traveling through the gorgeous beaches and mountains of Cyprus, the historic and modern Turkey and the beautiful, war-torn Lebanon.

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: 

My backpack basically only holds all my yoga clothes, a few harem pants, a travel guide and my yoga mat.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

New Zealand, Iceland, Norway, Brazil, The Maldives, South Korea, The Philippines, Croatia, Jordan, Costa Rica and everywhere else I haven't been! :)

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey': 

Vietnam

Vietnam

"From Leah's very first encounter with yoga, she was hooked. She fell in love with the pure dichotomy of the practice: the stark contrast between the strength and power compared to the grace and surrender. She enjoys the beautiful dance between the two extremes that happens on (and off!) her mat every day. She has been a passionate, dedicated student since her very first class.

Leah completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training with Frog Lotus Yoga in Bali, Indonesia where she fell madly in love with the healing energy of Bali. She does her best to emulate that powerful energy in her classes as well as in her own practice.

Leah is a grateful student of her vastly knowledgeable teachers. She teaches a fusion of the styles that she has studied with a strong emphasis on finding the balance between strength and surrender in practice. Her classes find equal emphasis on strength building of the mind, body and soul as well as flexibility of the same."

Make sure to check Leah out on Instagram & keep your eyes peeled for her host date on our #keepcalmandtravelOM February IG yoga challenge!

Tina Thomas

Name: Tina Thomas

Instagram: @mightyhappyfitlife

Where do you live? Maryland, United States

How often do you travel? About 4 times per year.

Where do you go? Internationally and domestic... mostly domestic

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I like to attend local classes but I practice my flow everywhere. I am certified to teach yoga on the paddleboard and love the combination of water and yoga.

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!

I love to try inversions anywhere and everywhere.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

Latin: love the variation and veggie options.

Tell us about your last trip

We visited the Pocono Mountains. We stayed on a lake where there was a beautiful dock. It was a perfect place for yoga with the ducks swimming and checking me out. It was a weekend full of fun and meditation.

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase

I never leave home without my mat. I love to read books about yoga's powerful healing and wellness components.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

Hawaii, Russia and Germany.

***I never travel without my Go Pro camera!

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey'

I found that I liked yoga a few years ago after many years of a love hate relationship. I discovered power yoga and realized how challenging but spiritual it was. I began to take more and more yoga classes then I was hooked. I love yoga I my paddleboard ski became an instructor. There is something about the water and yoga that makes my day complete. I can't take my padeboard out on the water without a few yoga poses, even if I am in a race. It's the best way to warmup and prepare myself for the day.

Make sure to follow Tina on Instagram & stay tuned for more from this SUP queen! 

Anh Leroyer

Name: Anh Leroyer

Instagram: @yoganhofficiel

Where do you live? France

How often do you travel?

It really depends. I used to travel a lot in Asia, now more in Europe

Where do you go?

I go where my heart takes me... depending on the opportunities, France, London, Lisboa, Roma, India and Thailand etc.

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I attend classes as much as possible (if I speak the language) to find out new techniques, styles and meet teachers. 

I practice anywhere I can... in my hotel room for sure, outdoor, in front of a famous or funky place and buildings, in parks, trains etc.

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!

I jumped on a train, right in front of it, between the lights, to strike a yoga pose... and a security guy caught me saying, even though it looked very nice, it is strictly forbidden and highly unsecure to act this way... ;)

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

Cheese and wine... because it's the best match you can ever find, no matter where you travel or settle down :D (sure you need a bit of dark chocolate after a yoga practice...)

Tell us about your last trip

Last trip was to London, to visit an awesome guy I met... during my yoga teacher training course in France ! I had to go and visit him to know him better and spend some real quality time together. We both love yoga, and had fun sharing this, practicing, chatting about yoga streams, places to go for trainings and retreats. We would strike a pose whenever the opportunity arose and had some good laugh !!!

Sure enough it was a real crush... a perfect yogini <3

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase

YOGA MAT ! And an awesome playlist which can make you travel even when practicing at home !

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'? 

  • Paris, south of France, London, Lisboa, Malta before spring 2015
  • India next summer
  • And anywhere I get the opportunity ;)

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey'

I found out about yoga in India in 2008, where I got totally lost. It allowed me to find myself, be grounded, understand what life is all about, experience true feeling of love (you know, when you start loving yourself and having this feeling for the people surrounding you, the things you see...)... and meet the best people I've met in my life ! 
From this period onward, I've decided yoga would never leave my life again. Practicing is like breathing, I can't live without it.

And I'm so glad I can now teach and hand down my knowledge and experiences. With love.

Make sure to follow Ahn on Instagram & keep your eyes peeled for her host day on our Feb IG yoga challenge: #keepcalmandtravelOM

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Jennifer Yorek

Name: Jennifer Yorek

Instagram: @unravelingjenna

Where do you live? I was born & raised in Ohio, currently living in Texas, USA

How often do you travel? I travel at least 3 times a year

Where do you go? I travel within the USA, and stay anywhere from a few days to 6 months at each location.

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

While traveling I practice alot in my hotel room or the housing provided for me. I have an intrinsic desire to do yoga absolutely everywhere. One day I'll be striking a pose in front of Target, and the next on the San Francisco Bay. I have a few apps on my phone that I have organized the poses that I want in each vinyasa flow. Sometimes I come across an interesting yogi on youtube and go through some of their flows. I'll occasionally hit up a 24 hour fitness yoga class IF they let me in, since i'm a member in my city.

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!

To me it's normal, but others often find it strange that I had a homebirth

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

Does vegetarian sushi count? It's the perfect blend of raw and high carb

Tell us about your last trip!

My last trip was a few weeks ago to California where I spent 5 whirlwind days. I stayed in San Francisco for 2 days, Hayward for 1, and Sacramento for the other 2. This was a total last minute trip and I didn't know until the day before that I would even be going, but I like spontaneous things like that. During those 5 short days I met so many others that share in one of my passions in life. We definitely worked hard and played hard the entire time. The experience was definitely a amazing, being on such short notice and meeting literally thousands of likeminded people.

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: 

Most recently the book "Yes, Yoga Has Curves", by Dana A. Smith has been a staple when i'm traveling. It's a fantastic inspirational book that definitely keeps me motivated to keep my practice up while away from home.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

Since I mostly travel within the USA, I will have to say Utah, Washington DC, Hawaii, Montana, and I definitely need to go back to New Orleans when Mardi Gras is in full effect. When my son gets older we definitely want to bicycle through parts of South America, and tour parts of Europe by train.

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey'

 My story started a few years ago while in my late 20's when I was told that I needed 2 total hip replacements. In a way I refused to believe it, but in my early 30's, I can remember working 12 hour shifts at work and the pain I felt with each and every step I took. This was a truly humbling point in my life. I had been a dancer for the majority of my life and now I had come to the point of hardly being able to walk.

This is when my mother suggested that I go to a yoga class with her. I was so scared. I had visions of the other students all with dancer figures and flexibility, meanwhile I struggled with each step I took. Reluctantly I went to the class and had never experienced anything so transcending. Some poses were actually within my grasp, and others I strictly focused on the breath. When class ended, and everyone was leaving I had tears streaming down my face. I wasn't in pain. I wasn't sad. I wasn't frustrated. The instructor (Peggy) approached my mother and I, she wondered why I was crying. I told her that I honestly didn't know why I was crying, and that it was my first class. Then Peggy said something about yoga opening a person from the inside and that sometimes a yoga experience will bring out a multitude of reactions and emotions similar to mine.

Fast forward, and I kept going to Peggy's classes twice a week. Yoga became rhythmic and joyous for me. I felt such energy and peace during and after the classes. Only when I was in those classes did I feel as if my obstacles were removed and I could focus on peace and abundance of life. I kept up with this practice right up until I finally had the courage to take off work, and have both of my hips replaced at the age of 35. The surgeries were 3 months apart from each other, because my surgeon was extremely cautious. . I missed my yoga practice so much. I continued to focus on mantras, breath, and upper body twists in the meantime.

It took almost a full year until my surgeon gave me the clearance to return to yoga practice. Oh......trust me, I begged him to let me go back to yoga on each and every follow up visit. Yoga gives me personal transformation not only in my daily life, but also each time I step on my mat. Yoga gives me living wisdom, confidence, peace and I can feel the spiritual growth of my soul. Traveling with yoga has taught me to take my practice off of the mat, outside of my comfort zone,and to have confidence in my practice, my body, and my life. I want to do yoga everywhere.

Anything else?

I plan to go back to California once more for a quick trip before the end of 2015. In the coming year I plan on having longer trips throughout the USA, and on these trips I drive through many states. I have been a Registered Nurse for the past 12 years and I specialize in ER/Trauma. Travel nursing and quick trips to hospitals to train other RNs on newly installed computer charting systems is how most of my traveling has been done. Oh, before I was a nurse, I left Ohio for the very first time at age 22 with $800 in my pocket and drove to Florida where I stayed planted for 2 years. One of the best things is that my husband loves photography, so he is quick with the camera no matter when and where I choose to strike a pose.

Make sure to follow Jennifer on Instagram & keep your eyes peeled for an intro piece from her soon!

Ashley Erickson

Name | Ashley Erickson

Instagram | @ashsaysom

Location | Las Vegas, NV

How often do you travel? Every month

Where do you go?

Zion, Yosemite, High Desert, Joshua Tree, Hawaii, any place with mountains or canyons.

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I practice wherever I am, if it is too cold, I will practice in my tent or after a long hike outside in nature.

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!: 

I was a mutton buster in the Idaho State Fair and my favorite movie is Twister.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?: 

Lumpia or fried spring rolls - they remind me of my childhood and spending time at my best friends house. They are delicious!

Tell us about your last trip: 

I backpacked the John Muir Trail in July. We started off in Yosemite Valley and hiked through Toulumne Meadows, the John Muir Woods, Ansel Adams wilderness then through to Mammoth. I only made it 50 miles because of 4 lost toenails and a sprained knee. However, it was the most beautiful trip of my life.

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: Light on Yoga by Iyengar

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?: 

Grand Canyon in January
Backpacking Denali, Alaska in June
British Columbia
National Arches Monument in Arizona
Colorado in August

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey': 

I was a wild child when I was younger and I had a habit of taking the long way around, but then I found yoga ten years ago. It calmed me down, made me accept my body and soothe my mind. It made me less angry and angsty and more accepting of life and its circumstances. This is still an ongoing practice for me. Finding inner peace and acceptance. Finding outer peace and acceptance. Finding beauty in all of the nuances of life.

Make sure to check Ashley out on Instagram!

Shawnice Edge

Name: Shawnice Edge

Instagram @whytetigerty

Location: United States

How often do you travel?: I usually travel about twice a year.

Where do you go?

So far I have only travelled domestically, from the east coast to the west coast. I've been to Arizona, California, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Nevada, New York, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, North and South Carolina and New Mexico.

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

While traveling, I practice on my own more than I go to class. I'll go to a calm area like the beach or a park to gain a connection to the earth and universe. I love to feel the energy flowing through me from the earth and back into it.

One weird/funny fact about you:

I act like I'm singing and dancing for my two year old but in reality, I am obsessed with Disney movies and I will sing every song when one comes on.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

My favorite foreign food would have to be Samosas because you can put an entire meal into one little triangular shaped wrap.

Tell us about your last trip: 

The last trip I made was to Clearwater Beach, FL this past summer. It was a trip with my daughter, mother and myself; we stayed in a hotel across the bridge near downtown Clearwater which was a very beautiful area because of the view of the water that surrounds the peninsula. We were just taking a fun vacation to relax and take in the sun as well as introduce my daughter to the beach. While on the beach, I practiced some arm balances, sun sals and meditation before getting some delicious fish from a restaurant alongside the beach. We had so much fun experiencing the gulf and the culture it had to offer. This was a very beautiful place as well as entertaining. Before leaving, we obtained handmade trinkets from people selling items as well as memories of magic tricks, dances and live music. I will have to go back soon!

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: 

My number one yoga related item in my suitcase would have to be a tie between my mat and my stones that I use for meditation because the mat goes with me everywhere so it is like an extension of me. My stones are important because they create a calm, serene and healing space for me to be awakened to new information or to process what is there already.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

There are lots of destinations on my Travel Bucket list so I will keep it simple and just put regions! Central and South America, the Pacific Islands, Europe, Middle East/Mediterranean and Parts of Africa. I want to experience what the world has to offer and I will get to everyplace one day!

FIll us in on your yoga journey: 

I have been active since I was a young girl, between dance and sports, I was pretty busy. By the time I became pregnant, I was in the best shape I had ever been in until I was put on bed rest and I had to do absolutely nothing. The bed rest lasted most of my pregnancy so by the time I had my emergency c-section and healed, I felt completely weak and just not myself. Once my daughter turned one, I decided to better myself and it started with searching for yoga teacher trainings. That was the start of the rest of my life! I began my journey into finding myself and I have not stopped since then. I also gained Mastery level in Reiki during that time.

After I graduated, I was very nervous about teaching because I did not have the same body that every teacher I’d seen had. Ironically the same thing that made me apprehensive, pushed me and encouraged me to be the best example I possibly could. I felt that if I had these thoughts, other people did too so there needs to be something there that gives those people hope and the idea that anything is possible. From there I began teaching at a few dance studios and fitness centers. I realized that the way they wanted yoga to be taught did not fit with the way my higher self wanted to express it so I began searching within myself to figure out what exactly I wanted to do. Eventually I learned that I wanted to help people find themselves, their trueselves and be comfortable with it no matter what anyone else thinks. By using yoga, meditation and Reiki as a “tool” to guide people, especially children, to themselves, I feel as though I will one day be able to spread more happiness throughout the world. I’m only in the beginning of my journey but I know it will be an amazing one with each step!

Anything else?

 In the near future, I will be going on a new journey starting in Sri Lanka and going through Asia as well as parts of Europe. While traveling I will be teaching classes and hopefully participating in retreats as a contributor. In between all of the awesome traveling, I will also deepen my practice and connect to myself at a deeper level by obtaining my 500hr RYT through a 300hr YTT in Bali. With all of the training, I plan to share it with families, children and adults around the world.

Make sure to check out Shawnice on Facebook and Instagram!

Mallory Pratt

Name: Mallory Pratt

Instagram:  @cupcake_sandwich 

Location: North Carolina

How often do you travel? 2 to 3 times a year

Where do you go?

Usually 2 to 3 trips a year. One is typically international and the other may be local. Other times I will take small trips in the U.S

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

My practice goes beyond Yoga. I fully dedicate myself to emerging myself in mindfulness. Each place visited is a moment to appreciate what is different. My yoga practice has deepened in the past several months and with that I plan to bring my mat and practice wherever there is room.

One weird/funny fact about you:

 I am a holistic life coach and soon will attend Yoga teacher training in January to deepen my practice. What is weird about all of this?? My full time job is in the Military (the complete opposite of what I practice). But the gift is maintaining the balance in both.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

 Favorite? You cannot ask me to choose! I love trying anything new. If you asked me to choose from all the countries I visited I could pick a favorite dish from each one.

Tell us about your last trip: 

My last trip was to the south Caribbean. The first stop was in Mexico where we swam in the chilly cenotes and then off to the beach meeting face to face with sea turtles. Swimming along side them you felt as if you were one of them, just relaxing and taking it easy. Our last stop in this location was to a secluded beach were we feasted on local food that tasted so fresh. This was nothing like you eat here and to end the day we relaxed in a lazy hammock enjoying the waves as they crashed against the shore. 


Our second stop was to visit the ancient ruins in Belize. Traveling half way across the country there was a great appreciation for the hospitality provided in this trip. These people had less but seemed more grateful. Embarking to the top of the ruins left you face to face with a panoramic view of the beautiful country that seemed lost in time. Our final stop was on an island off the coast of Honduras. Traveling to another secluded beach we took a moment to truly appreciate relaxation. It was the best snorkeling I had ever did. At one point I was completely surrounded in jellyfish (babies). After suffering a slight panic attach I realized that these would do me no harm and continued to swim as if in complete serenity. 

This trip only intensified the idea of me becoming an expat. Living in a place that has not been ruined to feed the masses leaves for a better quality lifestyle. If you check this link out I have a blog entry for my trip to Norway which I visited a year ago. 

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: 

Book! I love books by Osho. I have only 2 right now but more on my Kindle. He may not specifically dabble in the art of Yoga but he does touch on mindfulness and meditation, which go hand in hand in my opinion. Also I keep Gabby Bernstein on hand as she also touches on mindfulness and meditation.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

South America (Going in December!!), South East Asia (Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand), India, Russia, Spain, and Canada.

I have visited: England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Belgium, Greece, China, Japan, Mexico, Belize, Honduras, Philippines

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey': 

In 2010 I ventured into a Yoga class not knowing what to expect. Dripping with sweat afterwards I though it was insane. However, I kept going back..it became an addiction. It gave me peace in a crazy world. Upon going to the class for a few years I later moved (I was living in Japan and moved back to the states). My practice became slim but it still pulled out my mat from time to time. I had the opportunity to go to a class that helped you learn about mindfulness and other topics. The morning activity was yoga and from that point I was back at it. Today I love pulling out my mat and after a hard workout at the gym it is my favorite activity to do at the end. I am signed up and excited to begin teacher training in January where I will be able to deepen my practice and share with those the experience that changed me!

Anything else?

Upcoming travel plans include South America (and Costa Rica). We will be visiting volcanos in Costa Rica, relaxing on the beaches of Rio in Brazil, staring in wonder at the glaciers of Patagoina, and hiking the trail of Machu Picchu to wonder at the ruins.

Make sure to check out Mallory's Blog & Instagram!

Alyssa MacNeil

Name: Alyssa MacNeil

Instagram: @alyssamacneil

Location: Alberta, Canada

How often do you travel? 1-3 times a year

Where do you go? 

Depending on the year I travel usually at least once internationally, and almost always domestically! This year so far I have traveled to Thailand & India as well as some camping/music festival trips in Canada :)

How do you maintain your practice while travelling? 

I try to attend classes, or if I can't do an actual asana practice I will at least set an intention for my day.

One weird/funny fact about you: I'm a crazy Harry Potter fanatic.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why? 

Pad Thai, I tried it for the very first time on my first backpacking trip to Thailand and have been in love with it ever since!

Tell us about your last trip: 

My last big trip I went on was to India to get my 200 hour yoga teacher training certificate. Me and my bestfriend traveled there together and spent 6 1/2 weeks doing yoga everyday in the foothills of the Himalayas surrounded by the Ganges river, truly one of the most beautiful places in the world. After finishing the course we spent a week shopping in Dehli and visiting the Taj Mahal. My two months in India were an eye opening, life changing experience being in such a beautiful diverse culture and experiencing the spirituality of the birth place of yoga, Rishikesh.

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: Chakra leggings!

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

Greece is definitely the number one next place I'd like to go to! South Africa, or Hawaii maybe after that!

FIll us in on your 'yoga journey': 

Since I first started doing yoga on a regular basis a couple years ago to traveling to India in the summer for six and half weeks to get my 200 yyt certificate, my journey I would say has been revolved around learning and growing. There is just something about yoga that mesmerizes me like nothing else ever has and there is a constant curiosity and passion of wanting to know and experience more. Of course like any other yogi, my practice will always involve improvement on mastering challenging poses and building strength and flexibility in my body but my number one focus for myself with yoga is to really work on finding and deepening peace within myself. We live in such a crazy, busy and sometimes not so kind world that being able to find that place where you can find time to be completely introverted and have that connection between just your own body and mind is very special. I ultimately hope that my yoga journey will lead me to a place where I will continuously be growing from my own experiences and that I will get to spread and share my love for yoga with others as well as have others love and passion for yoga spread to me

Make sure to check Alyssa out on Facebook & Instagram

Jill Kuzman

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Name: Jill Kuzman

Instagram: @LilJillKuz

Facebook: Jill Kuz / Jill Kuzman (athlete page)

Location: Santa Cruz, CA

How often do you travel?

As much as I possibly can. Even if its just a trip a few hours away to go hiking, practice yoga, skydive, ride my bike or BASE jump. I try to go somewhere everyday. Being outdoors make my soul feel good.

Where do you travel?

Over the last few years, I've been to South Africa, Malaysia, Borneo, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and France. And all over the states. I love road trips! I have now visited 35 states.

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Why do you travel?

I travel because I want to see everywhere. I have an insatiable wanderlust. I love seeing how the rest of the world lives their lives. I love learning about new cultures. I love meeting different people. I love trying new things. Travel makes a person grow. I always want to be growing.

How do you maintain your practice away from home?

I just practice. Anywhere, anytime. I've become very comfortable with being the strange girl doing yoga. I think that people almost expect it from me now. I was shy and insecure when I was younger. I wasn't comfortable in my own skin. I learned that listening to my heart is the only way to find true happiness. Sometimes my heart tells me to bust out a handstand in the middle of a hike.

One weird/funny fact about you:

I travel everywhere with my bunny that I've had since I was a baby. It reminds me that no matter where I go, I'm home.

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What's your favorite "foreign" food?

So far, Roti. I had the best Roti in Malaysia at the street markets. I'm vegan, so its not always super easy to eat well and/or delicious when I travel. So when I find something that is both, I am a happy traveler.

The #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: 

Yoga pants. I love them. I know its a cliché answer, but I live in them. Practicing yoga, hiking, jumping, sleeping, running errands. I couldn't live without them. They're the most comfortable pants ever made. Maybe I would own more than 2 pairs, if they weren't so expensive!

What destinations are on your travel 'bucket list'? 

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Everywhere! Two places that are high on my list are Brazil and India. I'm feeling a very strong pull to study yoga in India. I've been researching many different yoga immersion training destinations and India makes my heart fill warm when I think about it. Brazil is high on my BASE jumping destination list. There are several female jumpers that live there who inspire me. I would love nothing more than to share a cliff edge with these strong and talented ladies.

Give us the lowdown on your yoga journey:

2 years ago I had a bad BASE jumping accident and broke my left femur. The recovery was long, painful and at times, lonely. I didn't realize then, but that was the start of a new life path for me. I was cleared to walk again after a few months, but I was limited to no impact activities. A friend suggested I try yoga as a means of physical therapy. I bought a 10 class card and blew through it in 9 days. I couldn't believe how much better my leg felt after each yoga class. I was physically addicted after my 2nd class, but this isn't where my story of yoga healing ends.

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In 2010 I lost a very dear friend. After a loss that close to my heart, I had shut down on an emotional level. I had come a long way in the grieving process, but I still held back a lot. After about 2 weeks of yoga classes, I sat in a guided meditation at the end of the practice. Suddenly, I felt a flood of emotion come over me. It was like nothing I had felt before. It wasn't sadness. It wasn't happiness. It was just pure emotion. It was everything I had been emotionally holding in for the past 2 years. Yoga had broken down that wall in the quietest, most subtle way. Tears flowed down my cheeks. After class my instructor came over and gave me a hug. She said, now you've truly practiced yoga. From that point on I looked at the world through different eyes. Through eyes of kindness, gratitude and compassion. I will be forever grateful for the release that yoga gave me from my own constraints. Yoga and BASE jumping have given me more confidence than anything I've experienced in life.

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Anything else?

I am incredibly honored to be asked to be a traveling yogi ambassador. Yoga has changed me in the most positive ways. Its made me look deep into myself and change my outlook on life. Its made me realize that when you put yourself out there. When you open yourself up. When you let love in. When you share the thoughts and motivations of your heart. The universe responds in all the ways you need.

Jill is also week 11 winner of Yogi Of The Week! Check out her profile on the YOTW tab 

Rima Jomaa

Name: Rima Danielle Jomaa

Instagram: @rima_danielle

Location: Earth but mostly different parts of Southern California and Costa Rica

How often do you travel?

I've traveled throughout the year but entire life. My whole family travels often.

Where do you travel?

Many times to Lebanon where my family is from. More recently, Costa Rica numerous time and this summer, Bulgaria for some work with Udaya.com, filming yoga content. Other countries I've had the pleasure to visit include Egypt, France, and England. I've been all over California and the US, as well.

Why do you travel?

I travel to see different perspectives, to experience other cultures, to breathe different air, and to enjoy life.

How do you maintain your practice away from home?

I find local studios where I go or I spend an hour a day on my home practice, where I lead myself or use Udaya.com for instruction.

One weird/funny fact about you:

There's an interesting character that parallels my life that I discovered about 2 years ago. There is a literary character from a story called Green Mansions named Rima. The book is from 1904 by William Harry Hudson. In the story, Rima is vegan and of Middle Eastern descent. She lives in the jungle of Central Ameria and uses her magical powers to protect animals. The book was made into a movie in 1959 and Audrey Hepburn played Rima. Then in the 70s, DC created a comic book version of Rima the Jungle Girl. It was a 7 part series where Rima protected the jungle and its inhabitants from hunters, poachers, environmental destruction from corporate greed, and other forms of evil. If you know me well, you'd know that I am a vegan named Rima, of Middle Eastern descent, living part time in the central American jungle, and am a hardcore animal activist!

What's your favorite "foreign" food?

As a vegan, the comida tipica in Costa Rica is perfect for me: rice, beans, veggies, and avocado. Delicious!

The #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase: a travel yoga mat that's lightweight and easy to take anywhere! And of course, "Will Travel for Yoga" tank top from Yoga Travel Tree.

What destinations are on your travel 'bucket list'?

India, Bali, Thailand, all the usual yogi hotspots! And many other lesser known gems. Wherever the Universe leads me, I'll go.

Give us the lowdown on your yoga journey:

I grew up as an athlete and played competitive sports of all kinds, mostly soccer. Yoga wasn't popular where I grew up and I just had the stereotyped images of what yoga was without knowing legitimately. I never had taken a yoga class or thought I would like it. To me, I had the incorrect belief that it was easy exercise for people who didn't want to be too active. I was so wrong!

On my spiritual journey, I found myself at Self Realization Fellowship and learned about kriya yoga and meditation. I learned of asana as a way to calm the mind for meditation. I figured it couldn’t hurt and wanted to try something new so I got a two weeks deal at the YogaWorks in Santa Monica. I was quickly humbled by the difficulty of the practice but saw it as a welcome challenge. After my ego was finally put in check, the many benefits of the practice began to reveal themselves to me. I practiced with Heather Seiniger in Los Angeles regularly and she inspired me to take her 200-hour training that summer (July - August 2013). I was so new to yoga (I started January 2013) and didn’t even consider it before she asked me directly. So many signs pointing to me signing up and in hindsight it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I took the training and my practice continues to deepen and expand each day. I take my yoga off the mat regularly and it has provided to me opportunities I could've never imagined. I will forever be grateful to the path of yoga and for the fact that I am able to practice it each day.

Anything else?

I'm an ethical vegan and animal advocate! I love to talk to others interested in learning more or seeking support on their journey towards a more compassionate lifestyle. I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist in California, and I also practice reiki, hypnotherapy, teach private and in-studio yoga, and I organize yoga and & surf retreats in Costa Rica (among other things)!

Alex Katzen

Name: Alex Katzen

Instagram: @thezenkat

Location: the United States, all over

How often do you travel? every week

Where do you go?

New York City, DC, Virginia cities, San Francisco, LA, Texas, Florida, outside the country to come

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I attend classes, invert wherever and whenever I can, and do some yoga in the grass.

One weird/funny fact about you:

Even though I'm a mindful yogi, I'm obsessed with desserts, but it's all about moderation.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

Pad thai because of the sweet/spicy combo and I'm a spicy food enthusiast!

Tell us about your last trip:

I went to Israel and it was an absolute blast. I went hiking, explored Jerusalem, got to practice Hebrew, rode a camel, and even got to teach yoga here and there.

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase

My yoga capri pants. Also I love wearing my chucks while traveling because I can easily do yoga in them.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

Thailand, India, Paris, Australia...I have wonderlust like all the other yogis out there :)

Fill us in on your 'yoga journey':

When I was younger, I didn't like yoga because it was too slow for me. Then I decided to take a yoga class in college and fell in love with the practice. I started with vinyasa and now Ashtanga is my favorite. I want to show others how beneficial yoga can be for everyday life. I'm a high-energy type, yet I still make meditation and mindfulness work.

Anything else?:

Check out my blog at www.thezenkat.com to follow along!

Kelsey Kopp

Name: Kelsey Kopp

Instagram: @kelseymichellekopp

Location: Williams Lake, BC, Canada

How often do you travel?

Over 5 times a year.

Where do you travel?

Wherever my heart tells me to go! I do a lot of exploring around BC. There's so much nature here, you can drive for an hour and be totally out of service, disconnected from the world, it's beautiful. I've been to California and Hawaii multiple times. I've also been to Florida and New Orleans. 

Why do you travel?

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I travel because I crave adventure. I crave new experiences. Something else that makes travel easy for me, is that I love everything about airports: going through security, eating at the restaurants, flying at crazy hours of the day, running to the gate, all of it. Travelling allows me to escape reality, and it's when the best memories are made. 

How do you maintain your practice away from home?

I've only been doing yoga for just over a year, so most of my trips since then have been camping - which is awesome, because my favourite thing is to do yoga outside. Yoga in nature is like nothing else. 

One weird/funny fact about you:

I can mimic a horse whinny PERFECTLY. It's really random, and I don't even really know how I do it, but I can. 

What's your favorite "foreign" food?

Does sushi count? I'm OBSESSED. 

The #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase:

My yoga paws. They're game changers.

What destinations are on your travel 'bucket list'?

I really want to go to Rome. I have for as long as I can remember. I also would love to see Bali, Punta Cana, Southeast Asia, Australia, the list is endless really..

Give us the lowdown on your yoga journey:

I started practicing yoga Oct.1/13, when I started a yoga challenge on Instagram. The yoga community on Instagram is so incredibly powerful and uplifting. I have a lot of sadness in my life, and yoga has helped me to stress less and relax more. It showed me that I'm perfect exactly how I am, and my yoga practice is MY yoga practice. I love the lack of competitiveness in yoga. I was never good at team sports, and I didn't really play them in high school. I love that I can do yoga by myself, any time of day, really anywhere. It's so nice to have the options of going to classes, but when you need time alone, you can still practice. It's just beautiful.

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Jill Agonias

Name: Jill Agonias

Instagram: @jill.ananda

Location: Santa Barbara, CA

How often do you travel? 

Several times a year, both for work and for play.

Where do you travel?

I lovelovelove the developing world. It fascinates and grounds me. In June I was fortunate enough to travel to Kenya with the nonprofit organization I work for, Vitamin Angels (www.vitaminangels.org). I spent time in very remote villages getting to know the children and mothers we serve. This is the type of travel I love -- travel with intention and meaning.

In a little over a year, I've been to Kenya, Indonesia, New York, Seattle, Atlanta, Aspen, up and down California, and soon I'm taking my 6th trip to the Philippines.

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Why do you travel?

It brings me light.

It's mind expanding, spiritually awakening, and opens my eyes to new ways of living. It reminds me that despite cultural differences and man-made borders, we are all connected.

How do you maintain your practice away from home?

Yoga is much more than a physical practice for me. It's something I try to integrate into my everyday life. I practice mindfulness while I'm walking through a new town, acceptance for unexpected surprises, appreciation for other cultures, pranayama on long flights, and meditation and asanas in my hotel room.

One weird/funny fact about you:

I'm addicted to hot sauce. I usually bring hot sauce with me on trips and take home local hot sauce from the area I visited. Sometimes I even leave it next to my bed for a quick fix before bed (weird, I know).

What's your favorite "foreign" food?

Street food! I'm bound to get sick almost every trip because of it, but it's worth it.

The #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase:

My yoga towel. I replace my mat with a towel while I'm away because it's light, portable and you can wash it on the go.

What destinations are on your travel 'bucket list'?

Everywhere. Literally... Everywhere. India, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Tanzania, Morocco, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Panama, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, Haiti, Jamaica, Columbia, Israel, Spain, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Greece... Mars. Everywhere.

Give us the lowdown on your yoga journey:

My practice has helped me realize that I am whole and complete just the way I am. I started hatha yoga about 6 years ago and initially got into it for the physical aspect. About 4 years ago, I dove heart first into yoga philosophy and spirituality, which drives my practice now. It's been a beautiful and lifesaving journey.

I write about many of my realizations on Instagram, so for a deeper insight, I encourage you to take a look.

Anything else?

Take your yoga practice off the mat and into the world! Shine bright!

Make sure to read more about Jill on her Instagram page & stay tuned for more on her past/present/future travels!

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Patricia Marie Tan

Name: Patricia Marie Tan

Instagram: @trishueyoga

Location: Phoenix, Arizona

How often do you travel? Twice a year

Where do you go?

We visit the Northeast (Connecticut and Massachussets) very often as we have family there, I am a Physician (MD) and I usually choose different locations when I go for my CME (continung medical education) travel, recently I was in Hawaii twice this year.

I love to drive up to Sedona AZ for hikes and to just enjoy the scenery. Domestically, I often go to Las Vegas, New Hampshire and Florida. I was supposed to go to Cabo San Lucas for a yoga retreat with my Guru late this year but I found out that I am pregnant! My husband and I are so excited! It's our first baby...

How do you maintain your practice while travelling?

I drop in at yoga studios with recommendations from my friends and instructors, but most of the time, I find a nice spot on the beach, on the grass/ lawn or a park and try to savour the world around me.

Give us one weird/funny fact about you!:

I am chemically sensitive...which is why I NEVER use any artificial fragrance or products. I am very vocal about VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) that reside in household and cosmetic products and I do encourage my friends and my patients to live a chemical free life by utilizing essential oils, and natural/organic products as much as possible.

What's your fave "foreign" food & why?

I love sushi.... (cannot have raw fish during this pregnancy... but I am looking forward to it!) It's healthy, gluten free (usually), and raw fish is rich in Omega 3. The art and love that goes in making the sushi I think is also exceptional!

Tell us about your last trip:

I was in Maui last March for a continuing medical education conference with my friends... It is my most favorite Hawaiian island.

Couple of pointers regarding Maui... The Wailea Beach in front of the Grand Wailea has the most fine sand, it goes on forever with such clear blue waters. The Road to Hana is one of the most scenic routes you can take in the USA with so many waterfalls and sceneries for pictures... Hana has great beaches where the sand is laced with black or red rocks. Lahaina has awesome shops, massage parlors and restaurants. The north shore of Maui has the best cliff views!

Give us your #1 yoga-related item in your suitcase:

I am obsessed with my Lifetron, a Swiss made mini-speaker (the smallest speaker with a great sound - fits your palm) that plays my music while I practice... I would bring it anywhere with me and definitely a must have during my yoga practice away from home.

What destinations are on your 'Travel Bucket List'?

I hope to visit the beaches of Mexico, Costa Rica and Puerto Rico one of these days. I was born in the Philippines and would love to go back there soon to explore places that I have not had a chance to see when I used to live there. I also want to visit Europe, Australia and South America.

Fill us in on your 'yoga journey':

I started my Yoga journey, in a small quaint studio that teaches a Hot Vinyasa Flow sequence, mainly to supplement a Barre/ Pilates practice. Pretty soon, I transferred to a studio that teaches the 26 poses of Bikram Yoga. I felt my body change... less migraines, less achy back and neck... and I noticed that I became stronger and calmer. Sthira (steady and strong) and Sukha (comfortable and ease) was what happened to me!

I left a Hospital-based medical practice that had caused a lot of stress in my life and started a consulting position for a large multinational company instead. During this transition, I started enjoying the Vinyasa based flows and finally took a Yoga Teacher Training with a Vinyasa and Ashtanga based Guru. I have since cultivated new friends and a Yogi family. I am now an RYT 200 and have started teaching a combination of Hot Yoga/Flow sequence at a successful Yoga studio in town.

Late June 2014, I learned I was pregnant. I had to rest and let go of my yoga teaching and I worried that my practice would suffer... Little did I know, yoga is not just about doing asanas, but it could be as simple as BREATHING through pain, as simple as taking the time for myself and my baby to reflect.

I started building a meditation and breathing practice which got me through my first trimester. I had to practice more on my own at home due to morning sickness which built my sequencing technique.

Being a pregnant Yogi made me more sensitive to my body's needs and my baby's.... there is nothing more magical than knowing that you have this little life inside of you that you are nurturing... truly a Miracle of life and Yoga has helped me through the morning sickness, the achy backs, the anxiety and I just know it will help me through labor.

Anything else?

Being barely 5 feet, I have a 180 lb Giant Breed Mastini (Neapolitan Mastiff). I miss my dog Dino whenever I am away.. he is just the sweetest and funniest dog ever...!

As a medical doctor and a yoga instructor, I want to introduce people to the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of a Yoga practice. Travelling gives me the opportunity to talk to different people from all walks of life. But even with all the blessings of a great profession, great husband and new baby on the way... I will always remain a student, constantly learning and forever curious... a student of LIFE.

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