As you got more serious about yoga, you probably developed a daily routine. This schedule is fairly easy to follow while you are at home. If you travel abroad, however, it can be easy to forget about yoga and fall into unhealthy habits.
Still, you can keep up with your yoga practice without giving up your dream vacation to Spain and Portugal. Here are six tips for maintaining a yogi lifestyle while traveling.
- Pack Smartly
One of the best things about yoga is it does not require a ton of equipment. All you really need is a yoga mat. Look for a foldable travel mat that you can easily pack into a suitcase. You can even see if your hotel provides free mats for guests.
You should also bring a small towel and a reusable water bottle on your trip. Do not forget to bring at least one comfortable workout outfit, as well. Most yoga clothes can be easily cleaned and dried thanks to their high-tech fibers. You can thus wash your yoga pants and top in the hotel sink and then reuse them throughout the vacation.
- Be Realistic
In an ideal world, you would likely do an hour-long daily yoga session during your trip. You have to accept that this is not achievable while you are on the road. After all, you probably won’t have an hour to spare if you are going to be stuck on a long flight or running from place to place. Yet you should have a bit of free time. Set a realistic goal of doing yoga for 20 to 30 minutes a day three times a week.
- Create a Simple Yoga Routine
Before you head out on your trip, write down a basic, go-to yoga sequence that you can practice anywhere. This way, you won’t waste time during your travels figuring out which poses to perform. This is especially important if you are not used to practicing yoga by yourself. If you are not confident in your ability to create your own routine, you can always search for online classes.
- Look for Yoga Accommodations
Since yoga has become more popular, it is no surprise that hotels and airports have become yogi-friendly. Several American and foreign airports have dedicated yoga spaces, allowing you to practice in peace while you wait for your flight. You should also see if your destination city has a hotel that offers daily meditation or yoga classes.
- Limit Excuses
It is easy to make excuses when you are traveling. Yet you should not let a lack of equipment or space stop you from practicing yoga. After all, yoga can be done practically anywhere. You do not need a lot of space to do a tree pose or shoulder rolls. Whether you are in the city, on the beach or even stuck in an airport lounge, you should find a way to complete yoga exercises.
Tiredness is another excuse travelers use to skip their usual routines. Yet even if you feel exhausted, you can still do some gentler yin yoga poses. These are particularly useful at night, as they help release tension and improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep.
- Go Beyond Asana
Making poses on a mat is just one part of the yoga lifestyle. On the days you do not have time for asana, you can do yoga in other ways. If you are stressed out about travel delays, practice pranayama by focusing on your breathing. You could also simply meditate in the airport or chant mantras to yourself on the plane. This should help you relax and discover your inner peace.
Whether you are going on a cruise or flying overseas, travel can be stressful. Yoga is thus extra important during vacations and business trips. Even if you cannot keep up with your regular yoga routine during your journey, the above tips should help you maintain your practice to some extent.