Firstly, you just have to make time. Time simply won’t find you. You have to find it.
- Take a look at your daily schedule. Do you pack up camp first up, drive til lunchtime then set up camp again? If so, set an alarm in your phone to have some self-practice time around 3?
Or do you wake up, slowly pack up and leave around 10? If so, get up early and do some before you hit the road.
Roh and I at the beginning were pretty blaise about it. We would do some yoga here or there when we “had” time. And before long we realised it had been weeks since our last mat time. So we decided to find time. Now it’s almost a daily event. We prefer to travel in the morning, so for us, an afternoon practice works best. We used to have to tag-team turns so the other one could keep Gypsy occupied but now she joins in. She absolutely LOVES “cosmic kids yoga” and we have a few episodes downloaded to the ipad. While she is off doing yoga with Pedro the Penguin and Popcorn the Dolphin, Roh and I can actually do some practice together. It’s perfect.
Secondly, be flexible. Some days you will be at the most amazing place with the most amazing energy and all you want to do is some yoga asana. But, there’s just NO level ground. Be flexible and do some simple stretches then some meditation or chanting or pranayama instead. Other days you will be camped at a truck stop by a highway. Go for a walk and connect with nature instead. What if it’s raining and you don’t have space for your mat in your tent/motorhome/caravan? Do some yoga nidra, or pranayama or work on your sankalpa. It’s important to not have expectations that you will be able to do your normal practice everyday, and everywhere. You have to be flexible. But it’s not a bad thing! If anything it’s a great opportunity to focus on some other aspects you might not normally do enough of (chanting, pranayama etc)
Lastly, force yourself. Being on the road is exhausting. I wish I could say that we had the energy everyday to do a full hour of practice each, but the truth is, we don't. After a long day of driving, with an exhausted and grumpy 3 year old, it’s really easy to want to skip a day, or a week. But you just have to force yourself. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes. Even if it’s just 10 sun salutations. You know you will feel infinitely better for it.