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Yoga At 9,300 Feet

July 14, 2010

Yoga is so much more than the physical practice or asana…that’s just one of the eight limbs…but for the Western world, Asana is the shop window, the doorway, the entry point into a journey that’s far more than what you expect. At least, that’s how it’s been for me.

In May I traveled to southern Utah with my crazy fabulous family. While I do believe heaven on earth is everywhere, I felt it more here than anywhere else. Maybe it’s because I felt I could touch the sky nearly everywhere I went…from Zion National Park to the Transept Trail on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Heaven on earth…and I can’t wait to go back!

Flowers bloom in hostile territory…

Life isn’t always neat and tidy…sometimes it grows sideways…

Kolab Reservoir: Ice melts when it’s ready…and not a moment before!

My Family at Bryce Canyon (yes, we’re that close to the edge…see, we’re crazy!)

Ok…so there were cliffs nearby…

Only the truly messed up trekked up to 9.300 feet…my brother-in-law Brian and my nephew Tyler…

My mom’s husband Roger, and me…and yes, we had to trek through snow before we reached the end of the road…

where I insisted on a few yoga poses…

My husband doesn’t like this picture too much…he says I’m “too close to the edge…”

and the tree said, “lean a little more to the right…” I think we both have a ways to go to touch the sky, though…

I thought near the edge of a cliff at 9,300 feet above sea level would be  a good place for Warrior I. It also reminds me of the cliff Thelma and Louise drove off of at the end of the movie…

Note to self: when coming out of Triangle pose at 9.300 feet, do so very, very slowly…I got a bad case of dizzy in the thin air!

And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for…Your Moment of Zen…one of my videos of the Grand Canyon taken from the North Rim

5 Comments leave one →
  1. July 14, 2010 11:08 am

    Peggy, Thanks for sharing your photos. My husband and I did this trip in 2005 (North Rim, Zion, Bryce.) An incredible experience I will NEVER forget! And yoga helped a lot with the hiking and camping we did…Hope all is well with your new venture.

    • Peggy Nolan permalink
      July 14, 2010 11:54 am

      Hi Stacey!

      I am so in love with the south west…love it! My husband and I are going back in 2012…well, it will be his first visit and my second…he was doing the Army thing while I was with my family. Yoga really did help with the hiking I did at elevation! So far so good with the new venture 🙂 Let’s connect in a few weeks and see how we can help each other out!

  2. July 15, 2010 6:49 am

    Hi Peggy .. lovely pictures and views. One day I’ll get to see the Canyon in person .. and by then I hope that I’ll be able to do some yoga! Love your lean to the right a little!

    It must have been a great trip with the family .. pity that John (I think!) couldn’t be there – but you’ve made a plan to do it in 2012 .. something wonderful to look forward to .. and to do together …

    Love the video .. Hilary

  3. July 19, 2010 1:01 am

    Way to go, yoga on the edge and soon under the stars, you sure know how to live. I love the photos and the descriptions. Isn’t the Grand Canyon something? Thanks Peggy.

  4. Peggy Nolan permalink
    July 19, 2010 4:23 pm

    Dear Hilary – Rick and I may be seeing the Grand Canyon sooner than 2012! He thinks it would be a great place of us to visit when he’s home for 2 weeks in the spring of 2011…twist my arm, right?! 🙂

    Dear Wilma – on the edge, under the stars, over the moon…that’s me 🙂 LOL! xxoo

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