Greta our Toyota Granvia campervan is our only vehicle. Unless you count Mr D’s much used bikes and my often aching legs. This means that she is a touch on the small side. Compact you might say.
Or on a rainy day, squashed.
I’ve discovered it doesn’t take too many days travelling and living in a small van with no pop-top, a tiny bed, and unusual seats to find yourself feeling a bit on the hunched side.
And a touch more achy than usual.
Which was why, on our recent (and fabulous) road trip to Wales, I found myself in need of a bit of campervan yoga.
Which as it turns out, wasn’t as difficult as I imagined.
I had, at the last minute, packed a yoga mat but my initial yoga efforts were all inside the van. Mostly because, being on public campsites, I was initially shy about outdoor yoga practice.
In our van the only flat area is the bed.
So most mornings, while Mr D wandered off to peruse the campsite facilities, I did a few seated yoga poses. The ceiling stopped play on any tall stretches so I stuck to seated forward folds, cobbler’s pose and some almost-half lotuses.
But I needed to stretch too.
So eventually, on a near-empty campsite, at the very end of the Llyn Peninsula, I found the courage to take my yoga outside.
It was fabulous.
In fact it was the most fun yoga I’ve ever done. Partly because I chose my own poses (even a little flow) but also because it felt so natural. I imagine yoga had its origins outside. The bird song and gentle breeze certainly added to the meditative element of the experience.
Although I did stop to take some photos.
I thought you might enjoy them. They are making me smile now I’m back at home.
Mostly because I used to laugh at women doing outdoor yoga.
I’m not going to do that any more!
If you’re looking for a great yoga practice to stretch you out after travelling, I just tried Adriene’s Yoga for Travel. I can definitely recommend it.