In a recent article in the North Adams Transcript, Benjamin Crosky ’07 is featured for a travel company he created. Sol Yoga, according to the article, offers “global trips combining yoga, adventure, learning and culture.”
“Yoga and travel teach the same lessons but give different perspectives, and really ground the things you’re doing,” Crosky was quoted. “Yoga can be uncomfortable and terrifying at points, but it also generates the feelings of joy and ample bliss. Traveling, you can have the same experience of terror, fear, excitement and joy.”
Crosky graduated with a B.A. in architectural studies and a minor in Spanish and Hispanic studies. While at Hobart, he was a member of the soccer team and earned the Block H award.
The full article follows.
North Adams Transcript
New travel firm caters to yoga enthusiasts
Meghan Foley • April 23, 2010
WILLIAMSTOWN — A local man has turned his love for yoga and travel into a business.
Benjamin Crosky, 25, has begun a travel company — Sol Yoga — offering global trips combining yoga, adventure, learning and culture. He runs the business from his home in Williamstown.
“Yoga and travel teach the same lessons but give different perspectives, and really ground the things you’re doing,” Crosky said in an interview earlier this week. “Yoga can be uncomfortable and terrifying at points, but it also generates the feelings of joy and ample bliss. Traveling, you can have the same experience of terror, fear, excitement and joy.”
The trips Sol Yoga offers will include traveling through countries to explore their scenery, nature and culture, rather than staying in one place, and there will be designated times throughout the day when yoga sessions will be held.
“Yoga is about how you get there,” Crosky said. “Many people focus on the asana [physical pose], but there are so many other elements. In yoga, if you focus on the pose, you miss out on other stuff, and the same thing is true with travel if you only go to one spot.”
Each trip is done in partnership with a yoga teacher, who runs the classes. The teachers are from across the United States, with most being from New York City or Boston.
The first trip organized by Sol Yoga will leave for Iceland on June 5 and spend eight days in the country. Because the trip isn’t until June, Crosky said he wasn’t concerned about the volcanic eruption that has wreaked havoc with international travel. He noted the ash cloud hasn’t affected flying into Iceland from the United States.
Ten people have already signed up for the trip, which will include hiking, horseback riding and visiting the country’s hot springs, he said.
“Typically a yoga trip is a retreat where usually everyone stays in a nice hotel or at a place secluded in the mountains for five to seven days,” he said.
Besides visiting Iceland, Crosky is working to organize trips to Panama, Mexico, Nicaragua and Brazil.
“Hopefully, the trips will grow,” he said. “It’s really important we develop this as something for yoga enthusiasts, travelers and people interested in making a change in the world.”
While the trips are geared toward yoga enthusiasts, they’re also for people who may just be interested in yoga and need some classes to get them started, he said.
Crosky, who practices yoga but isn’t a teacher, said one of the challenges in getting his business off the ground has been establishing himself in the yoga world.
“Establishing yourself in the yoga world is kind of hard if you’re not a teacher. What I want to do is kind of align myself with a lot of yoga teachers who are already established,” he said.
Crosky graduated from Mount Greylock Regional High School in 2003 and from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, N.Y. — where he studied architecture — in 2007.
From 2008 to October 2009, he worked for a travel company, learning about the industry with the intention of starting Sol Yoga. Since then, he said, he has worked full-time on starting up his business.
It was while he was working at a yoga studio in Barcelona, Spain, that the idea for Sol Yoga came to him, he said.
“I did a lot of traveling and practicing yoga. It just clicked. The two complement each other and bring out the best in each other.”
For more information about Sol Yoga, visit www.solyogatrips.com or call 413-374-9191.
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