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TOUR JOURNAL ENTRY #11
Learning the True Meaning of Practicing Yoga ‘Off the Mat’
By Live Be Yoga Tour Ambassador Tarah Stuht
Many of us take one hour of the day for our yoga practice. Once a day, we find the time to turn inward and clear our minds. Whether it be in a studio or at home, we get off our mats, roll them up, and conclude our yoga for the day. Whatever happens during the rest of the day doesn’t relate to what we just did. So what was it all for? Why did we bother clearing one hour of our stress away, just to allow it to return?
There have been moments on the Live Be Yoga Tour when I’ve had to intentionally stop, reflect, and choose not to react quickly. If something doesn’t turn out the way I expect or if my plans change abruptly, jumping to anger and frustration can be quite easy to do. Over time, I’ve compared this experience to those moments when I’m on my yoga mat. Because I’ve acknowledged the similarity between these experiences, I can now remind myself to stop, breathe, and act from a clearer state of mind. Just like that moment when you take one more breath in your pose, the growth happens when we act calmly in a moment of extreme stress. This is truly yoga “off the mat”: practicing patience, acceptance, and self-awareness at all points of the day.
So next time roll up your mat, try to stay there emotionally and mentally for the rest of the day. No matter what happens to you in the hours that follow, remember that feeling of holding a difficult pose: it’s challenging, but you can find the peace within to get through it. This is yoga.
Join Taylor & Tarah as they learn and practice a Tibetan Buddhist meditation.
Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan practice a reverse prayer pose in Boulder, Colorado during the first few days of the Live Be Yoga Tour.
Ambassadors, Taylor O’Sullivan and Tarah Stuht hold virabhadrasana II on stacked Jade Yoga mats at the Jade Factory in Conshohocken, PA.
Tour Ambassador Tarah Stuht folds forward, opening her hips in pigeon pose during a yoga class at Tranquil Space in Washington, D.C., taught by Kevin Waldorf-Cruz.
Tour Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan smile while eating watermelon at a stand they found in central Florida. They thoroughly enjoy the warm climate and fresh food they found there.
Tour Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan enjoy a goofy pose while learning beekeeping at Miraval Wellness Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ. Beekeeping is a way for guests to learn sustainability, mindfulness and practice caring for the planet.
Tour Ambassador Tarah Stuht holds warrior two pose, or virabhadrasana II while in her beekeeping suit at Miraval Wellness Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ. She shares that yoga can be practiced everywhere, even in while beekeeping.
Tour Ambassador Tarah Stuht balances in handstand atop a Vortex while hiking in Sedona, AZ.
The Live Be Yoga team, Tarah Stuht, Chris Doughtery and Taylor O’Sullivan smile beside the helicopter that flew them over Sedona, Arizona. This was a way for the team to face their fears of heights and learn to breathe through moments of unease.
Tour Ambassador Tarah Stuht shares a smile as the wind swiftly blows through her hair on her first time to the Grand Canyon during the Live Be Yoga Tour’s visit.
Stephen Bethel, founder of Bethel Farm, discusses why we must nourish ourselves with ingredients directly from the earth, in order to be whole and connect with our planet.
Nick Caris, Marine veteran who completed three tours of duty in Iraq, South America, and Afghanistan, is a rockstar yoga teacher influencing the Florida yoga community with his dedication and inspiration.
Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan experience a one-of-a-kind Himalayan Sound Bath with Master Healers Pam Lancaster and Tim Frank, NMD. These baths increase mental clarity and relieve stress while guests float in warm water and hear vibrations from ancient healing bowls.
While at Miraval Wellness Resort & Spa, the Live Be Yoga team admired the surrounding Arizona beauty and practiced many varying styles of yoga.
Ambassadors Taylor O’Sullivan and Tarah Stuht chose to spend an evening taking a meditative walk through Miraval Wellness Resort & Spa’s beautiful labyrinth. No cell phones are permitted in this location at Miraval, which allows each guest to turn inward and enjoy the peace and quiet.
Sedona, Arizona is a spiritual and humbling place to visit. See here Tarah and Taylor holding a reverse prayer pose while facing the beautiful Sedona peaks.
Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan hiked to Devil’s Bridge in Sedona, AZ where they challenged their balance in crescent lunge pose, hovering over 100 feet above the ground.
Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan enjoyed gazing at the wonderment of the Grand Canyon, a vast place that creates a sense of comfort in its beauty.
While traveling to Texas, Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan took a pitstop to stretch their legs and share a laugh in the grass.
Tour Ambassador Taylor O’Sullivan balances in reverse warrior pose while on a hike through the Sedona, Arizona Vortexes.
Darnell McDonald, former pro baseball player and Mental Strength Coach for the Chicago Cubs, sits in a mediation after practicing yoga at Modern Yoga in Phoenix, Arizona.
Tour Ambassador Taylor O’Sullivan practices Arial Yoga at Miraval Wellness Center & Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
Tour Ambassador Taylor O’Sullivan opens her heart and throat Chakras while holding wild thing pose, or camatkarasana. This photo was taken by renowned artist and yoga photographer, Robert Sturman after spending the day learning about what it is that makes Robert a unique and dedicated artist.
Ambassadors Tarah Stuht and Taylor O’Sullivan take an evening walk at Miraval Wellness Resort & Spa in Tucson, AZ, an enchanting place where guests are to learn about themselves more deeply, relax and de-stress.
Tour Ambassador Taylor O’Sullivan balances during a spontaneous moment of AcroYoga with practitioner Brendan Lentz after a Saturday stop at Urban Yoga in Phoenix, Arizona.
Nathalie Croix leads a bright and vivid yoga community as they practice at Shanti Shala Yoga in New Orleans.