Earlier this year I sent out some intentions that I would combine my loves of travel and yoga together and get out on the road for some yoga festivals and workshops. I even went so far as to document my dream of teaching yoga on as many beaches around the world as I can. That’s the ultimate trifecta of doing what I love – traveling, teaching yoga, spending time on a beach.

I’m here to tell you that setting intentions can be very powerful when you set your mind and your heart in the same direction and believe! I’m living proof. This year I’ve had the opportunity to pack up my yoga mat and go to New York City for the Yoga Journal Conference,

Learning from Desiree Rumbaugh at the NY Yoga Journal Conference


to Santa Monica for 3 incredible days of yoga and music at the Tadasana Festival,


Practicing Yoga with hundreds of people is cool!


and to Yellow Springs, Ohio for a weekend workshop with Erich Schiffmann.



The journey to Yellow Springs included a road trip with my packed up new Road Tripper, a yoga friendly weekend bag from Manduka. If you want to take your yoga practice on the road, check out Manduka’s Journey On Collection, which includes a number of bags that will tote your yoga mat in style to the studio, a day trip, or a longer journey.

The canvas and cotton webbing material used in my bag are both natural, renewable materials that are unbleached and use non-AZO dyes, which reduces the amount of chemicals and toxins released into the environment (and reminds me to be eco-conscious when I travel).

I love the zipper along the bottom that you can use to easily insert and remove your yoga mat. It’s also super roomy to pack everything you need for a weekend of yoga bliss,

and the bottom of the bag has a reminder to keep me grounded!

When I’m not off on a yoga travel adventure, I’ve been using my Road Tripper bag to carry yoga mats, a bolster, blocks, straps, and everything I need when I go on the road to teach private yoga sessions.

What travel dreams do you have? Right now I’m working on my next dream—teaching yoga on a tropical beach somewhere—so stay tuned for future announcements.

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Win a FREE Manduka Day Tripper Yoga Mat bag

Where will you be journeying with your yoga practice in the coming year? Leave a comment below to let me know, and you will be entered to win a FREE Day Tripper yoga mat bag from Manduka. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, and the deadline to enter is Monday, October 8, at noon EST, when one lucky winner will be randomly selected and notified. By sharing your email address, you agree to be part of the Manduka email family and receive special discounts and promotions.


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I received the Road Tripper bag mentioned in this post from Manduka. The thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

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