Friday, November 10, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
Over the years, I have thought about restarting my practice but didn't really find a way that was easy to maintain with my hectic travel schedule. I need something I can do at home or away, even in a small hotel room that doesn't require any special equipment or clothing. I also needed something gentle and simple to perform. Not a torturous twisting into difficult or uncomfortable positions.
After watching the Introduction to Gentle Yoga on Sixty and Me http://sixtyandme.com/gentle-yoga-for-seniors-videos/ I thought I might give it another try. So today, when I woke up stiff and achy from sleeping in a not very comfortable hotel bed I decided to see if it might help.
Today, I tried Gentle Yoga Video 1 – Focus on Joints and before I was even half way through my body felt looser and the pain I woke up with this morning was already softening. The instruction in the session was easy to follow and very gentle on my body. Cat, the instructor, is very good and gives you a lot of options to modify the movement and stresses to not do anything that is uncomfortable for you.
For me, one of biggest benefits of this practice is the focus on the body with breathing and stretching that improves my flexibility and strength. After such a great experience, I'm looking forward to working my way through the series.
If you are a beginner or just a senior who might need a gentler approach to this practice you might consider trying this. http://sixtyandme.com/gentle-yoga-for-seniors-videos/
Thank you very much to Sixty and Me for sharing these great videos!
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Day 1 Travel
Thursday, August 10, 2017
With 7 of us ranging in age from 6 to 61 I was a little unsure of how this was going to work out. We had never spent that amount of time together, not to mention walking endlessly in the scorching Florida heat. I am still impressed by how well we all did, no serious issues of any sort and considering the conditions, that is amazing.
To watch my grandchildren as they experienced this for the first time was incredible. It took me back to my past and showed me a glimpse of the beautiful future I have with my precious family.
It was truly the trip of a lifetime!
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Saturday, June 24, 2017
My first solo cruise was such a great experience, much easier and more fun than I ever expected. It was a small ship (700 passengers) and not entirely full so it was a good way for me to try cruising. Also, I met so many wonderful people – couples and singles – who were happy to talk about their experiences and give me good information on what to consider if I wanted to continue cruising.
Planning My Next Solo Cruise Adventure
Learning to Be Spontaneous
Suddenly Reality Set In
My Feeling of Panic When I Arrived at the Cruise Terminal
On Board I Got a Pleasant Surprise
This Solo Cruise Was Just My Style
Have you ever been on a cruise? Do you like to travel alone or with groups? Do you prefer large ships with lots of ports of call or smaller ships and more time on the water? Join the conversation and share your stories!
Friday, March 3, 2017
Choosing the Right Cruise
Embracing a New Experience
As much as I travel it’s not often that I have a totally new experience. I always love visiting new places and meeting new people but the process of booking accommodation and transportation is something I am quite familiar with. Planning for a cruise was all so different for me and really took me outside of my comfort zone; it was long overdue.
Enjoying a Fantastic Adventure
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Cheese and wine from Paris, tea and biscuits from London and a pair of flip-flops from Barcelona when it was simply too hot to wear anything else.
Wherever she goes, she likes to buy something authentic, whether it's something to wear or a local delicacy to treat her taste buds. She used to try to save the latter for the journey back to Denver, but more often than not, she found them too irresistible to resist.
Now Lynn prefers to buy gifts for others. “I love to bring back gifts for my family,” she says. “I usually keep the bag the gift came in as a souvenir; I use it for my future travels, and it always reminds me of the trip where I got it.”
Lynn's first solo trip outside of the US - over 30 years ago - took her to Mexico. “I did have quite a few reservations initially, but my desire outweighed my fear,” she says. “I planned as much as I could, which helped to alleviate some of the anxiety around things like where I would stay, learning a little Spanish and understanding currency conversion.”
Any concerns that Lynn had previously harboured about travelling alone quickly evaporated. On the flight home, she was already thinking about her next adventure.
With each trip, Lynn grew in confidence, gradually venturing further afield. “I kept having such a fantastic time that it gave me the confidence to travel alone anywhere in the world,” she says.
Anyone who has travelled alone will likely recognize the newfound confidence that Lynn describes.
It can be an intoxicating feeling, but Lynn has been careful not to let this feeling turn into overconfidence, particularly when visiting countries where the culture is very different.
“Some destinations are not what you are expecting, and that can be challenging,” she says. “I have to reset my expectations very quickly, so I can enjoy whatever environment I find myself in. That can be great fun as long as I stay flexible.”
“It's very important for women to stay safe while travelling,” she adds. “You must stay aware of your surroundings, protect your personal information and belongings, and always let someone know where you are.”
For peace of mind, Lynn always chooses to stay at a hotel with a restaurant on site. When eating out, she's careful not to become easily distracted, and whenever she feels uncomfortable about booking a table for one, she simply orders room service.
That's not to say that Lynn feels uncomfortable very often. Having found a way that works for her, the experience of dining out in a restaurant on her own is now one of her greatest pleasures.
Now, she always allows herself at least one night to dress up and indulge in the local cuisine, sharing pleasantries with her fellow diners or simply enjoying some peace and quiet.
The whole experience of travelling alone is one that Lynn finds to be liberating. “I have travelled solo most of my adult life, and I just love the freedom of it,” she says. “I have always enjoyed seeing new places and meeting new people, so I take trips near and far at every opportunity.”