Yoga- round the world with the most breath taking backdrops!
If this amazing video of yoga in the world’s most spectacular locations does not inspire you to become at one with nature- nothing will.
Acupuncturist, Yoga Instructor, and an Intuitive Healer, Amy Maloon, 31, from San Francisco, CA, started practicing yoga as a teenager in an attempt to become more flexible for dancing.
Amy filmed her yoga in 26 countries while working as an acupuncturist on a cruise ship and cannot wait to take her yoga retreats on a similar journey next year.
Amy said: “I started this journey through an exciting opportunity to practice my work as a newly licensed acupuncturist aboard a transcontinental cruise ship.
“Over seven months I visited 26 countries and the making of the video “Yoga Around The World” was inspired by my prior experiences teaching my outdoor, Dirt Path Yoga classes.
“I was hoping to expand my outdoor classes to eventually take place in epically beautiful locations which I could do through film.
“This hobby quickly turned into an obsession as every port we docked into, I would grab my tripod, camera, and yoga pants.
“I ended up with so much footage I decided to condense it all into a single video that highlighted my trip.
“My intention for this video is to inspire others to get out and experience nature through their own outdoor adventure.
“Yoga supported me all the way through high school and college where I received my Bachelors of the Arts in dance.
“Not long after I discovered Traditional Chinese Medicine and I felt a true calling to become an acupuncturist.
“This career change meant a 5-year long Masters of Science program that was very difficult with long hours sitting at a time.
“I turned to yoga to combat the mental and physical stress that had taken hold of me.
“I found this so profoundly beneficial that I lived for two months in Rishikesh, India- known as the birthplace of yoga- to become a yoga teacher.
“When I got back to San Francisco I started an outdoor yoga community called Dirt Path Yoga.
“I led groups to interesting ecosystems within the city to inspire people to get outside and connect with nature.”
The countries Amy visited on the ship and went on to meditate include: The Netherlands, Spain, France, England, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Morocco, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Thailand, Burma, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, India, Singapore, Indonesia, Jordan, Oman, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Scotland, Greenland, Canada, and the USA.
Amy said: “Practicing yoga continues to surprise and amaze me everyday. It’s a wonderful physical exercise that effectively balances building flexibility and strength.
“I love the meditative properties of mind and body in motion that occurs naturally when doing yoga. This allows me to be present in the moment, which is fantastic for relieving stress.
“I find that practicing yoga in nature greatly enhances the quality of the experience as a whole. It adds an additional layer that helps me connect more deeply with myself.
“It humbles me to the vastness of the oceans, mountains, and sky. Allowing me to feel small within a larger entity of our universe.
“For my next venture I’m taking others to join me on my quest. I’ll be hosting a series of worldwide yoga retreats in this upcoming year.
“We’ll be traveling to some of the most scenic spiritual sites around the world to do yoga and meditation for a magical one to two week journey.
“I’ve designed these yoga retreats for anyone who needs to unplug from the nine to five rat race of modern life.
“They’re for those who of us who are suffering from the stresses of being overworked, worn thin, and always tired.
“As an acupuncturist I found that most of my patient’s conditions were caused or related to these factors in one way or another.
“By doing yoga and meditation we’ll reconnect ourselves with nature, come into the present moment, recognise patterns of unhelpful behavior, and move out personal baggage that no longer serve us.
“I highly encourage all those who resonate with this work to join me to on my quest for living the ultimate life.”