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Mobile Yoga in Piran, Slovenia!

The "One-Legged Waiter" aka "One Legged Lotus" Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

'Namaskarasana/Salutation Pose" with Jadyn Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

I recently returned from a trip to Europe and had the pleasure of skating with two of my children and good friend and native Slovenian Franc Pirc  in Tartini Square in Piran, Slovenia. Tartini Square is named after violinist Giuseppe Tartini and is a gathering point in Piran.  It is an exquisite setting and has a built in “rink” that practically begs to be skated on!

Having skated with Franc many times before on Tartini Square I was already accustomed to that fact that he is somewhat of a celebrity on Tartini Square and by association, temporarily become one as well!  On most days Franc can be found skating to the music that emanates from the many cafes and restaurants that surround the square for the crowd that has gathered or giving lessons to children and adults who want to learn the basics.  Franc has been skating since the mid-90’s and really enjoys the freedom and exhilaration that skating can bring.   He rarely misses a day skating and averages approximately 330 days per year.  To see him skate you would never guess that he was 71 years old!

Prior to my visit, Franc had seen the Mobile Yoga Workout website and wanted to go over the basics of the workout as well as some of the on skate postures.   Since Franc starts every day with various yoga postures, stretches, and breathing exercises, he was able to easily integrate what he already practices into the workout.   After going through the basics Franc was eager to show me some of his own “on-skate postures”  My favorite, the one legged-waiter or what I  renamed and “yogified””the one-legged lotus” (shown above) was my favorite.   Franc is an inspiration to all of us and through his obvious health and vitality is a prime example of how an active life can keep you truly “mobile”.

"Mom Loves Son Pose" Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

Friendly Faces in the Crowd-Franc's Partner Wilma and My Husband Greg Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

 
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  1. Kris-

    I like your combination of yoga and inline skating! I am not an inline skate enthusiast myself, but I respect your new combination of these two activities.

    I was just thinking today about combining ‘yogic principles’ with bike touring.

    Think about it: see the countryside, get present as you pedal, stop and do a bit of yoga and meditation now and then, maybe a few beers or glasses of wine at the end of the day?

    Anyways, great blog!

    -Ian

  2. Hi Ian,
    Thanks for your post!

    To me, “Mobile Yoga” really is doing anything with movement awareness and certainly isn’t confined to skates. Bike touring is perfect as it has the movement and rhythm element that can easily incorporate breath awareness and it is done is the beautiful outdoors so there is an opportunity to commune with nature!

    Starting with some yoga postures to prepare for the ride seems like a great way to ready the body for the long ride ahead. Getting off the bike now and again would also be a must when riding for long periods so some occasional off-bike yoga and meditation sessions sound perfect. The wine and beer, or maybe some herbal tea 🙂 at the end of the ride provide a nice bookend!

    Let me know if you end up adding yoga to your next tour.

    Wishing you all the best!
    Kris

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