What is TTY?
The Traveling Yogi (TTY) is an online community that celebrates a healthy and happy life through yoga, travel and wellness. It’s a place to go for inspiration and to share with others.
Two of my biggest passions are travel and yoga because they help me connect to my True self and the world around me. Although we are a planet of rich cultural and geographic diversity, I think we are so much more connected than we know, and all of us want the same things: to be happy, loved and to have a purpose; travel and yoga help me feel happy, immense love and purposeful.
I discovered my love of yoga in college when a volleyball teammate brought me to my first Bikram class. I never thought yoga would challenge me as much as it did, or make me sweat as much as it did! My physical practice has empowered me to keep growing along my spiritual path.
In my opinion, yoga is life and everyone is a yogi. “Yoga” is my word for this universal energetic experience we all share. So, as we all travel on our different paths, a real yogi shares his or her unique gifts through conscious and compassionate thoughts, actions and speech. Who cares if we all can get our legs behind our head and kiss our butt?!
My love of travel is innate; I’m most alive when learning new languages, experiencing new cultures, having adventures, contributing to communities, and meeting all kinds of people. I do miss certain comforts and familiarities of home, but then I remember that “Om” is where the heart is.
Why Natural Healing?
After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in 2003 and after several failed medications, I took my health into my own hands and found natural ways to heal. I am passionate about holistic health, and I want to learn from and share with others who are on a similar path.
Why Ditch the 9-5?
I had an “Aha” moment after years of working in commercial real estate with a successful Fortune 500 company; although I had a good job and a comfortable life, my heart was telling me to travel, do “yoga,” and start this blog. So I decided to quit my job, ditch the Blackberry, get rid of most my stuff, and pursue my passions full-time.
I am currently traveling with my partner, Jim, and love every minute of it (except when I don’t get enough sleep). Check out our joint project, The Globe Less Traveled (TGLT) to see our latest pictures, read about our travels and learn about our mission to inspire and extend a community of individuals who share a love of the Earth, humanity and a positive world.
A Few Fun Facts
If I had to eat one thing for the rest of my life it would be raw nut butter.
I love to sweat.
I choose my birthday suit over clothes (only when it’s appropriate).
I’m 6’0” and am mad I didn’t make it to 6’2″.
A volleyball scholarship took me to Georgetown University to study business.
I’ve learned more while traveling than I did in school.
Sleep is like a meditation, I am not happy if I don’t get enough –I apologize if you caught me on a sleepless day.
If I could have one super power it would be to fly.
My second super power would be to breathe underwater.
Therefore, I would be a bolphin (a perfect mix between a bird and a dolphin).
I prefer to dance by myself.
I love all kinds of music –as long as it’s from the soul.
My favorite thing to do as a child was to dance to Madonna with my best friend.
I tried to learn how to use a motorbike in Koh Samui, Thailand (that was a bad choice; the island has the highest motorbike fatality rate in the world).
Remember: Om is Where the Heart is!
Thank you for visiting The Traveling Yogi – I hope you stay a while and become part of the community!
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