How To Maintain Your Yoga Practice While Traveling

Posted by on October 20, 2018

When you’re traveling, it’s not easy to continue on with your yoga practice. If you do yoga often, you know how it feels when you don’t get the opportunity to do it. Your muscles begin to ache, you become more easily stressed, and mindfulness decreases. It can become a challenge to get on your mat when you’re on the road.

The good news is that there are options. Many companies are popping up to help yogis maintain their yoga practice even when abroad. Keep in mind to be easy on yourself while you’re traveling. This is especially true if you’re on a vacation. You can always fit in a 20-minute practice. Do your favorite poses and create a time where you have the opportunity to do them. At least, you’ll be able to have some of the benefits yoga gives you.

Attend a Yoga Class

All over the world, you can find yoga teachers. They may even teach out of their own homes if it’s a really rural area. You can usually find a studio for the drop in which gives you a chance to be a part of the community you’re visiting. You may get new insights into your practice with a new yoga teacher.

Set Up a Place to Practice

If you’re staying in a hotel, why not create your own space to practice? Maybe you have a patio or in the corner of the gym at your hotel. You may even have space in your room by the window. You could just do stand up yoga poses too which takes up very little space.

Check Out Meet Ups at Your Destination

There are some beautiful events that are often posted on meet up groups all over the internet. You could sign up for meetup.com and set it up so you get notifications for groups at the destination. There may be special yoga workshops that you might not be otherwise aware of. There are facebook groups for almost every community out there in the world. You can join and ask in advance where locals enjoy doing yoga in the area. This might even allow you to make friends that are like-minded.

 

Get Your Travel Buddies Involved

When you travel alone, it may be easier to get your yoga practice in. If you’re traveling with friends, try to get them involved. You’re going to feel less self-conscious about doing yoga in a public park if your friends are doing it alongside you. If they aren’t into it, let them know what kind of time frame you need to get your practice in. You might wake up early before the day of itinerary begins. There should be a way to work around all the other fun things you’ll be doing.

Legs On the Wall

If there’s one thing you can do to take in the many benefits of yoga, it’s putting your legs up against the wall. This is a yoga pose that is often held for quite a long time in Yin Yoga. Travel can be really stressful but this pose will counteract whatever tension is going on. Also, you’ll probably be doing some sightseeing so your feet will thank you for getting the blood moving in the other direction. This yoga pose is a gentle inversion and very relaxing. You reduce swelling in the legs and increase circulation throughout the whole body. It resets the nervous system and is great to do before bed as it’s deeply calming. If there is one pose you should do, especially once you get to your destination, it’s Legs on the Wall.

Focus on Other Aspects of Yoga

You may not get your 90-minute yoga practice in but there are other parts of yoga that you can work with. Even just being present helps the mind in the same way yoga does. Yoga is a physical activity that helps the mind and when we focus on the yoga poses, we may be missing out on some of the deeper purposes of the practice.

Being present in your moments is a part of any yoga practice so focus on this. It will help you enjoy your travels more and appreciate the people you meet and the sites you see.

Attend a Yoga Retreat

If you’re going to a country, you might want to incorporate a yoga retreat as part of your trip. No matter where you go, there is likely a retreat available there. Immersing yourself in yoga for a day, week, or month is a great way to meet new people and do what you love in a brand new place. A yoga retreat can be a wonderful reason to visit a country you’ve always wanted to see. The retreat center will usually help you get to them and it includes food and accommodation. Plus, they are local and they can show you around. This is a great way to travel.

These are things that should help you maintain parts or all of your yoga practice while you’re traveling. Go easy on yourself because ultimately, traveling is supposed to make you free. Do a handstand against a tree in a park, do warrior on the beach and do some breathing exercises while you’re waiting for flights. You can even do some twisting poses while you’re on a plane. Be creative and schedule in the time.

 

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