Last weekend my partner and I enjoyed a much needed vacation and quiet get-away-from-it-all.
We traveled West, way out to West Texas. We started in Alpine and spent the following days traveling to and from Marfa and Fort Davis. It was a lot of movement, a lot of travel, and a lot of fun. With all of the movement and time on the road, I was prepared and stocked with vpk by Maharishi Ayurveda Worry Free tablets and tea for the journey — which greatly balanced my tendency toward vata (Ayurvedic dosha governed by movement) derangement.
The tiny town of Alpine is quite charming and we found it very welcoming — with the sound of the train whistling by, and stars for days!
We found an awesome yoga class at the Big Bend (hehe) Yoga studio! Our instructor, Mary, was incredibly knowledgable and gave great alignment and modification instruction. We spent most of the class propped on the cleverly-made yoga wall, which was made from metal handles and rope! I found lovely hamstring opening and tailbone grounding in Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose) and neck tension release in a crazy standing supported reclined Mountain Pose (so awesome!)
We visited the minimal, inspiring, and permanent collection of Donald Judd at The Chinati Foundation in Marfa and I found a different perspective while practicing a Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand)!
We spent our last night a top a mountain in Fort Davis at the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. Although the entire day was cloudy and the ground was wet from the previous night’s rainstorm — the clouds completely cleared and we had an amazing view of the night sky. We saw the rings of Saturn in a special telescope and were in awe at the sight of the visible Milky Way and the thought of just how beautiful our Universe truly is!!
Our relaxing get-away was filled with sleeping-in, naps, art-viewing, vegetarian-food-eating, road-tripping, star-gazing, yoga-having beauty!