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Year 2016 – Travel and Yoga!

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2016 has been a great year for me in terms of travel and yoga. I am so proud to say that I have practiced yoga almost every day throughout the year. I always set some time apart to return to my mat and grace my practice. I also traveled to so many different places through out the year for which I am very grateful. Travel and Yoga are the two things I have been in love with lately and I hope our bond only grows stronger in 2017. Here are a few trips where I tried to make both meet each other.

Santa Barbara, California

I made my first road trip of 2016 in California driving through Pacific Coast Highway from San Fransisco to Los Angeles. Here is a picture of me in Wheel Pose (Chakrasana). The pose is very good for strengthening of the both upper and lower body. It is also a great chest opener.

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Wheel Pose( Chakrasana)

Washington, DC

I was in Washington for the Cherry Blossoms in April. Here is a picture of me in Tree pose(Vikrasana) at the Library of Congress. The tree pose is a balancing pose good for both mind and body. Its practice strengthens the body and calms the mind.

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Tree Pose(Vikrasana)

Florence, Italy

I traveled to Italy with my family over the summer. On international yoga day I was in Florence. Here is a picture of me trying to do Camel pose (Ustrasana). I am so terrible at it and I hope to improve. This pose is a huge chest and heart opener. It also strengthens the thigh muscles.

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Camel Pose(Utkarasana)

Devil’s Lake, Wisconsin

Late summer, I and my friends made a fun road trip to the Devil’s Lake State Park in Wisconsin. Below is a picture of me doing the Reverse Warrior(Viparita Virabhadrasana). The pose strengthens the lower body at the same time stretches the upper body. It is also a very good balancing pose.

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Reverse Warrior( Viparita Virabhadrasana)

Palm Springs, California

I spent my birthday at Palm Springs doing an amazing yoga hike by the Santa Rosa mountains.The sun shined through my sun salutations at the top of the hill. Sun Salutation(Surya Namaskar) offers body a complete rejuvenation and gets the blood flowing from head to toe. Below is a picture of me in Cobra pose(Bhujangasana) as a part of sun salutations which is again a great chest opener and arm strengthener.

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Cobra Pose(Bhujangasana)

St Pete’s Beach, Florida

My last trip of the year to Florida over Christmas, we stayed at this really nice resort in St Petes Beach. The Don Ceaser resort offered yoga classes in the morning at their private beach and I loved practicing yoga at the beach by the waves. Below is a picture of me doing Boat pose(Navasana). It helps in strengthening of core muscles.

Boat Pose(Navasana)

As the new year begins, new resolutions and opportunities await. Let us all welcome the year and promise each other positivity and gratefulness. No matter what we all should promise ourselves to return to things that we love to do. Blessings and good wishes to you all. Happy 2017 🙂

What are your passions? Please post your comments. I would love to read.

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Author: nikirath

My blogs are all about my travel experiences,tips and adventures.I love exploring new places and indulge into adventurous activities wherever I go.I hope to inspire you with my travel tales and also look forward to read and enjoy your stories too.

49 thoughts on “Year 2016 – Travel and Yoga!

  1. WOW Niki, awesome. You are so powerful to do all these hard yoga poses. Keep up the good job 🙂

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  2. I love your concept of doing yoga with the sights)) and omg, my dream is to have yoga practice on the beach. Great pics!

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  3. What an amazing adventure! Makes 2017 have high expectations. 🙂

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  4. Great post! Love all the pics. I travel for business and bring my yoga mat. Too bad my hotel rooms don’t look as exciting as your destinations! 😁

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  5. Love the idea of a year review with yoga poses, well done 🙂

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  6. Great post! So many awesome yoga visuals. Keep up the great work!

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  7. Beautiful photos…you are an inspiration. Love the wheel and reverse warrior poses especially!

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  8. Congratulations on doing yoga every single day in 2016, that’s highly impressive! I also noticed that we traveled to many of the same places…. Wisconsin, Florida, Italy, California! I look forward to reading about your up-coming travels!

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  9. I love your fun yoga photos!

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  10. Love that yoga can be mixed in with travel so effortlessly. One of the best things about yoga is you can do it almost anywhere (which makes for great photos)! keep up the great work 🙂 Namaste

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  11. Great post! Yoga and travel, my two favourite things!

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  12. HI, great job on working on your practice! We loved our yoga retreat in Mexico this year, so much so that we have already committed to going again next January! I ended up writing several blog posts about it because the area was so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pictures and thanks for stopping by my blog and checking it out!

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  13. Great photos & adventures!! Do you remember how long the drive from San Francisco to LA took you? Did you stop many times along the way? Hope 2017 is treating you magnificently! X

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    • Thank you 🙂 So we started at 10 am in the morning and we reached at midnight only because we stopped at Monterey, Carmel, Big Sur and other scenic spots. Also we did take the pacific coast highway so it was bit longer, but then it was all worth it. I would advise take 2 full days to drive and enjoy the destinations in between, also start earlier in the morning. Stay somewhere mid way , we stayed at Santa Barbara which was closer to LA and then drove to LA the next day.

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      • How fun! I have done the PCH yeas ago but will be going back with my husband in about 2 weeks. We will be driving from Santa Cruz to Laguna and plan to leave around 6 am so we will have plenty of daylight. I couldn’t remember how long it took before so maybe we will have to stay overnight somewhere so my husband can get the full experience. Thank you so much for your feedback, I am so grateful for the tips and your beautiful adventures! Cheers!

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      • Sounds very fun 🙂 enjoy your trip! Thank you for sharing your trip too 🙂

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  14. Loved the post and the ideas

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  15. How inspiring, makes me want to actually leave the UK and travel!

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  16. loved the post & ideas. I am also fond of travel & yoga.

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  17. Travel and yoga my two favorites! Looks like so much fun ☺️

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  18. Amazing this is one of my best posts. I am so inspired. Regards and best wishes. 🙂

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  19. Wow what a combination yoga and wonderful locations… you are super flexible…

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