Chats From The Mat Yoga inspired conversations

I am on my first podcast- created by Brian, the acrobat next to me in the photo ( He also designed those great shirts!) amy_n_me

Chats from the Mat, Yoga inspired conversations- Brian Macrae Davis

The newest podcast is ready to be heard. Hear the story of a woman the accidentally found herself in change of the largest AcroYoga festival in the country and how she is able to live in a van with her husband without going (more) crazy.

The link takes you to the website where you can hear it. You can find it on iTunes, https://itunes.apple.com/…/…/chats-from-the-mat/id1209708558. You can find the Android version, https://subscribeonandroid.com/www.yogamat.ch…/feed/podcast/. Be sure to subscribe so that you get the new posts, immediately.

 

“Amy lives in a van with her husband. They have been travelling the U.S., teaching as they go for almost 2 years. In our conversation, she talks about some of the joys and challenges of this lifestyle. Her experience in and after college, managing dance performances prepared her to run festivals and she has been running the Divine Play AcroYoga Festival for the last four years. She has also just released a new exercise modality with Jason Nemer. As you would expect from someone with such a varied life experience, the conversation we have is enjoyable and insightful. I hope that you enjoy the fourth episode of the podcast, Chats from the Mat, yoga inspired conversations with me, Brian Macrae Davis.

If you are interested in getting more information about Amy Impellizzeri, contact her directly or find her on Facebook. She is available to train AcroFit Trainers, lead AcroYoga Immersions and Consult on festival management.

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Email: amyiacro@gmail.com

The two big festivals this year are:

  • Divine Play; Jamaica – April 18-23
  • Divine Play; Portland – October 6-8

#21

yes, we have lived in our  Toyota Sienna Mini-Van for 21 months together.  It really is our mobile home. #vanlife suits us.

And teaches us lessons about amazing humans, kindness in spite of sh*tty situations. Last year, after traveling in Jamaica, we returned to the East Coast- Richmond, Virginia, to spend time with my mom. We left our van in front of her place for over 3 weeks.

We spent the first night feasting on home cooked meals and telling stories of Treasure Beach. The next morning, I woke early to my phone ringing, and I actually answered it to the question ” is your van missing?”   WHAT??  I went and looked out the front door and sure enough, no van.  The man on the phone continued to explain he had seen some kids tossing things out of the van and drove away. This kind man, went and gathered all of our things, and found an oil change receipt with my phone #.

He had already called the police as well. I called the police, who told me they had just found the van.   We went and gathered our things off the streets, and our super trashed van.  It was an excited 3 hours of morning after a chill month in Jamaica. Wowza

I am super grateful for this kind man, who collected our belongings, and helped our van be re-lcoated so quickly. He could have  just as easily  turned he is gaze and ignored the things flying out of our van.  He could have chose to leave our things strewn about and never called us.

He was the bright beacon of hope in the moments of shitty van-less moments.    It is important to remember that there are lighter  and darker sides of all situations.

The young kid who stole the van, spent 6 weeks in juvenile detention as I was traveling and could not go to court.  I did not press any charges. I asked that he have to go to yoga, and that the system not give up on him. He is 14 years old. His mom thanked me.

My mom baked some cookies for the  man who found my things.

Adventures of vanlife continue.  what started out as a four month idea  is current 21 months.

Next up: Kenya adventures

 

 

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outside life- coffee & office time

outside life is my jam.  Cooking outside. Working outside. Play. Climb.  Acro. Bike. Hike.  Chill. Live.  outside-

Okay, I admit, there are those early mornings ( I tend to wake up around 6:30am regardless of the timezone)  when I do not want to get the kitchen stove  set up to make coffee. Those days are often colder. Or sometimes, it is raining. OR it is cold & rainy.  And I have to do it anyway if I want the coffee.  More often than not,  I do it as a morning thing,  a ritual, a habit of daily van life; not grumpy about it at all. The fresh air first thing each  morning is fantastic. A beginning to each day with my attention to the natural surroundings.

the best: working on a computer for multiple hours a day outside in a beautiful location. (very  infrequently, do I work in a  coffee shop) Sure, I pay a slightly higher bill to hotspot, but shit, it beats the hell out of a cubicle or a space I would rather not be in.  (excuse my language)   And I like my job (s)   Bonus all around.  Taking  a moment to recognize the sounds of the birds, acknowledge the shift in the breeze,  gaze out into horizon, see the shifting cloud patterns,  re-surges my brain, add a sun salutation or two, and I am good to continue on.

Although being a digital nomad/ acro gypsy is not without challenges, the advantages for me are winning.   ( next blog  post- nice people when  your van home is stolen)

Here is Eddie wondering where I wandered off to….

 

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peaches for pickles

memory of sharing food on the road with a stranger (people we have yet to meet)

Late  fall, at a  gigantic rest area in Texas, Eddie and I were having a snack in the grass. We were eating crackers, pickles, tuna and lettuce.  A gentleman walked by and said hi. He  continued to his car,  got it, smiled at us started his car and proceeded to almost leave. He turned off the engine, got out of his car, walked around  to his truck, pulled out a rather large sack and came back to us.

“Want to trade for some peaches?  I don’t know what you are eating but it looks good and I am hungry. I have 5 more hours on the road to see my mom.” We said sure and picked out a few peaches while he made himself a little cracker sandwich. We ate together for a moment in silence, he thanked us and left.

I loved the momentary interactions we all shared. Completely strangers, sharing food on a stop.  The entire interaction of meeting one another was perhaps 5 minutes. It was a beautiful reminder of humanity and our sameness.  Talking to strangers, sharing,  hopefully co-creating a friendly world where we seen  and are seen by each other.

I much appreciation for life on the road, as I have an opportunity to talk to people all the time that I do not yet know.

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(this is cold-oven cake made by my mom  & veggie egg scramble somewhere like Georgia)

The peaches were amazing!

Mexico for 2 hours

I love vanlife &  nomad adventures.

I have gone with a woman friend for a pedicure and lunch. This was my first dental adventure.  Angelica and I decided to go to Mexico and have our teeth cleaned.  We are  camping together outside of Tucson, where it is 80 degrees of delightful sunshine. We get great wifi, and since we both have digital nomad jobs, this location is ideal.

Saturday,  we drove an hour, paid $4 for parking, and walked for about 7 minutes into Nogales,Mexico. Walked right into Mexico.  We each had our teeth examined and cleaned. I had full X-rays too. It cost $55. My teeth feel amazing. I would recommend doing this to anyone who needs affordable dental care.  We walked out with cleaner teeth and did have to show our passports to re-enter the USA.

Spending the next few days working in the sunshine, taking breaks to mountain bike through cactus. It is not often that we stay in the same location for days at a time. This is an awesome exception, it is warm!  The wifi is great and the views, epic.

Our friends Angelica and Paul, who just started life on the road 11 days ago are here. Time with friends, making great meals, working together, and dance party moments are an epic start to 2017.

And maybe on Tuesday, we will go to Mexico for a few hours in the afternoon. Apparently, Eddie and Paul want to get their teeth cleaned. img_1376

 

 

20 months #vanlife

Originally I thought Vanlife would last four months. It has been one year, eight months, in a Toyota Sienna mini-van. Me & Eddie, who I call my husbandito.

Five things I have learned 

1) less is more. Less clothing= less laundry.  Two coolers instead of a refrigerator = less food waste. No Rent. 

2) take the no toll, off highway directions, I have seen much more abundant beauty in the land.

3) buy a Natuonal Park Pass

4) eating healthy is a choice. Find grocery stores and cook your meals. For me, it is healthier, more affordable and grounding to cook frequently. 

5) Take time to explore. Schedule it, if needed. 

AND take time to rest, as the temptation is to always be going ( was for me) trying to get outside everywhere and do all the things. It is okay to read, stretch and not see something new every day. 

Bonus- it is worth the  money for the hot spot ability of being a full time digital nomad 

Acro Core Yoga Vanlife patience compassion gratitude