How To Maintain Your Yoga Practice When You Travel
There is no reason why you can't practice yoga on the move, it just needs a little imagination and quite literally, flexibility. One of the primary reasons to travel, other than experiencing breath-taking vistas and exploring different cultures, is to break the routine.
If you want to practice and improve your yoga techniques, then you will have to dedicate time to do this, it doesn't have to be for a long time though – even 20 minutes a day is ample.
Why not make it the first thing you do each morning and set yourself up for a promising day ahead?
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You should easily be able to find a yoga class on your travels; yoga is so popular that you'll find community yoga, teaching courses and private lessons in even the most remote locations. Use social media to search for the best-fit class for you.
It's a great way to learn new techniques and even alternative styles of yoga, meet new people and immerse yourself into the local culture. If you are practising solo, then ensure that you are comfortable with your environment or get up a little earlier so that there is no one else around.
Depending on where you are staying will possibly dictate where you can carry out your yoga routine. Have a scout for the best place to suit you and at the time you wish to practice. If you prefer to be outside and at one with nature, ensure that you choose somewhere out of direct sunlight, perhaps in the shade of an ancient banyan tree.
If you prefer to be inside, allow yourself ample space; don't forget, you can limit your practice to standing poses only if the environment so dictates. You might always have dreamed of doing yoga poses on the beach or next to a crashing waterfall, please be sure to consider safety first.
There is no reason why you can't have mini-practices throughout your day. You may have walked miles around exotic markets, spent a day volunteering at an elephant sanctuary or navigating hair-raising traffic on a scooter; and all you need is a moment to yourself to pull those muscles back into place.
Find a comfortable wall and practice Viparita Karani (legs up on the wall) before retiring for the night. This is a restorative posture that allows the mind and body to relax, improves circulation, relieves stress and tension and rests aching limbs.
Meditating and breathing is an integral part of your practice, so take time for some intentional mindfulness and start your day with a simple guided meditation. Travel can be stressful at times, so it is vital to have the ability to find a centre of control and to be able to quieten your mind.
Waking up and starting your day with a short guided meditation is food for your soul, it makes you happy and allows you to feel gratitude; a great way to start a bountiful day.
Yoga Retreats & Wellness Centres
If the budget allows, then why not include a yoga retreat into your travelling experience. Improving your skills by joining a retreat is terrific if you are travelling alone.
Generally, yoga retreats are held in blissfully beautiful places with insanely healthy food; it gives you the chance to meet with people who are on the same wavelength and to explore the local area through the eyes of a local or to join otherworldly excursions.
Journaling Your Intentions
Journaling is a great way to be able to record your progress, not only will it help you note down your journey, but it will also help you with your yoga practice. Journaling helps encourage a deeper relationship with yourself and allows you to show your vulnerabilities.
Journaling might help you perfect your Eka Hasta Vrksasana (tree pose) because you have written down your struggles and frustrations; which lead to an understanding of what you have to do to perfect the pose time and time again. There are loads of benefits, it calms your mind, and it improves your practice.
Get creative, make it your own and feel the gratitude.
Enjoy The Process
If you are a relative newbie to yoga and are used to being guided through a full range of asanas, then why not write your routine down? Keep note of your favourite go-to routines so that you don't have to overthink during practice.
Over time, you will be able to listen to precisely what your body needs and have enough practised routines up your sleeve to just 'do'. This will help you to enjoy yoga and see it as a positive part of your travels.
Be Kind To Yourself
You don't need to have blocks, yoga mats, the best gear or clothes, you just need to get on and do your yoga practice. The beauty of yoga is that it is for everyone and your practice is unique for you. You will remember each time why you practice - it makes you feel good to achieve new goals and you do actually enjoy reaching your potential.
Setting your individual intentions is important and remembering that you are in control of your yoga flow so let your intuition guide you.
My 3 Must-Have Yoga Travel Essentials
This How-To Guide is yours to refer to anytime you need some inspiration.
Practice anywhere, breathe in the sights, sounds and smells of foreign lands, embrace everything new, remain grounded and feel gratitude from the tips of your toes to the depths of your soul.
Yoga helps relieve tension, aches and pain in the body which is especially useful for backpackers and those on long journeys where we don’t access much freedom of movement.
After an overnight flight or a day trip on a bus, take a moment on your mat to just breath, stretch and relax!