Traveling is the time for relaxation and leaving all the tasks and worries of everyday life behind. However, for many yogis, yoga is not just one of their duties, but a place where they want to return even on their vacation — finding time and place for yoga while traveling can be very challenging. There are a few tips you can use to make this quest easier for you.
Before all, it is essential to go with an intention and decision for practice. Pack your yoga mat or just a towel if yoga mat takes up too much space in your luggage. If you are a regular traveler, there are some light mats designated for travels, which take up a tiny bit of space and can, therefore be a great investment. Pack some workout clothes too, yoga leggings and a t-shirt are lightweight and easy to carry along with you. A part of your preparation is also choosing what type of practice you plan to do. It should be a simple, easy to remember sequence. With your class already planned, returning to the mat during your traveling adventure will become much more effortless. Choose your practice realistically; it is much more important to have continuity than to include a full class.
Best Yoga Styles And Postures
Since traveling is a very dynamic and stimulating experience, it will make you excited but also exhausted at the same time. Since the most dominant energy in traveling is Yang or active energy, you should do some yin or passive exercise to keep yourself balanced. Yin exercises are included in yoga styles such as Yin, Restorative and Nidra yoga. You can choose to practice ready-made classes from these styles or to make your own sequence instead. This practice should be slow and static, picking postures that are not a big obstacle to you. Include forward folds and twists the most to get your back and spine back in place. These postures can also be done in smaller places which is great if your hotel room is not big enough for all the exercises. You can also practice on your bed; many believe that hip stretches done on the bed make you flexible quicker.
Where To Practice Yoga?
The most obvious choice would be your hotel room since there you have the most privacy. It is also the best choice for goodnight practice moments before bedtime. On the other hand, nothing beats practicing on the fresh air, and there are many places you can practice on the go. It could be any grassy area, the beach, a nearby park or the forest. If you are brave enough, nothing stops you from practicing on squares or an airport while waiting for your flight. Going public with your practice will break your boundaries, and you could also have other yogis approach you.
Find Local Yoga Studios
Almost in every place in the world, you can find a yoga class or a studio. Try to find some on Google or ask the locals about it. It gets all the planning and organization out of your mind, still allowing you to get the practice while staying relaxed. It is also an awesome opportunity to try and learn things you usually don’t do and to connect with like-minded people in the place you are visiting.
Be Easy On Yourself
Even if you don’t succeed in regular practice during your travel, it is not really a big deal. Having a rest period can be very rewarding. You can spend some time to plan your practice upon your returning home instead. Having some time off the mat can give you a fresh start once you get back home.