About TTY

 

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.

 

Why Yoga?

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?!

 

Why Travel?

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!

If you like the site, please ‘Like’ TTY on Facebook, follow YogiTraveler on Twitter, sign up for email updates, donate, or mass text your family, friends and coworkers — I’m sure they’ll be very happy you did! ;)

Namaste!

Rachel

 

16 Responses to About TTY

  1. Julie October 11, 2011 at 5:39 am #

    Hi Rachel, I really love your site and reading about your adventures! Did you put your rheumatoid arthritis in remission? I also have some autoimmune issues and am looking towards natural means of healing.

    Namaste!

    • Rachel October 11, 2011 at 5:45 am #

      Hi Julie,
      Thank you so much for your support! Autoimmunity is a sticky issue; I’ve been able to drastically reduce my symptoms by following a whole foods and healthy eating mantra, but whether it’s “in remission,” to be honest, I don’t know. It’s an ongoing learning proess. I am planning to post an article on how to eat away arthritis very soon –I hope it helps you on your path of healing naturally!

  2. Julie October 11, 2011 at 5:48 am #

    Thank you much! I’ll be looking forward to the article! :)

  3. Kelly July 11, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Hey Rachel,

    I just wanted to drop you a line since we have something in common, I played volleyball in college too! I was on a full schoalrship to play ball at George Mason University, so we played GW many times! I just graduated this year in May, and I have been practicing and loving Bikram yoga for about 14 months now. When I came across your blog today, I was searching for resources about yoga groups or clubs in the DC area. I am doing the corporate job thing right now (I am sure my ah-ha moment in on its way, but for now i am saving money to hopefully to a yoga retreat). I would like to find a group of people who kind of meet up on the weekends to do yoga outdoors or in cool places, but not like international travel just yet. If you know of anything like that since you went to college in this area (I am living in Arlington, VA) let me know! My email is above

  4. Elisa November 5, 2012 at 12:54 pm #

    This is great! I love that yoga is so mobile. I love that I can bring it with me where ever I go traveling. Thanks for reminding me of that. I look forward to hearing about your travels. I’ll be bringing my yoga poses with me on my journey as well!

  5. Heath December 6, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Namaste! Glad I found this site. I’m a yoga teacher from Canada. I’m travelling around the world with my wife and 12 year old daughter. The time was finally right to sell the house and get back out there. I wanted my girls to see what life was like beyond the suburbs. Yoga has brought joy and contentment into our lives, especially when we need it most. We’re volunteering in rural Nepal right now, but will be heading south to enjoy the heat of India soon. There are certainly a few ashrams and beaches on my mind as it gets colder and colder here. Thanks for reminding me of the joys yet to come. Heath, Su and Raven. Victoria BC.

    • Rachel December 7, 2012 at 8:53 am #

      Best thoughts to you and your family during your travels – I miss the beauty and people of Nepal and incredible India. Thank you for your story and I hope you have amazing adventures on your journey.

  6. Amber March 26, 2013 at 12:23 pm #

    Hey Rachel! I love this site. I am currently looking to travel the world, teach yoga, and connect. What a great place to do such a thing. Are they’re leads or website you can connect me with to start such a journey. I am heading to Costa Rica next month for some yoga on the beach!

    • Rachel March 30, 2013 at 6:32 am #

      Hi Amber,
      Blessings on the journey ahead of you! I have a good yogi friend who has traveled extensively in Costa Rica who also taught there – I am happy to connect the two of you. Also, checkout http://thetravelyogi.com, which offers yoga getaways and retreats.
      Enjoy your travels dear yogini!

      Rachel

  7. Amber March 31, 2013 at 6:47 am #

    Rachael that would be fantastic if you’d contact us. I love this yoga community we can build share and grow. So much love

  8. raghu April 13, 2013 at 7:38 pm #

    hi rachel
    I have recently given up all my worldly possessions subsequent to crashlanding in life after attaining great heights… now i have only my job and 80 days of leave in a year to travel , do yoga and meditate for rest of my life…. how do you plan all this … if you could give me some tips..

    regards

    • Rachel April 15, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

      Hi Raghu. Congratulations on your new life choices. The biggest thing is to follow your heart and you will be fine! Best of luck and blessings!

      • Murali May 11, 2014 at 4:50 am #

        Hi Rachel,

        Very pleased to read what is going on. I am a Yogi who normally teach Yoga at Kovalam in Trivandrum,Kerala, India. Now I am in Melbourne(Aus) back from Sanfransisco. I would love to travel to Fiji. Had you been there ever? If so, is there any chance to teach Yoga for making a living while I am there?

        • Rachel April 16, 2015 at 12:33 pm #

          Namaste, Murali. I apologize for getting back to you so late. Are you still in Fiji- I loved visiting the Yasawas when I was out there. I would suggest reaching out to the different island operators and see if they need a teacher!

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