Yoga while traveling
Tips in practicing when you're on the road -
During travels your asana practice on the mat changes daily, sometimes you won’t have enough space in your room to actually unroll the mat or the towel so you might have to improvise and explore different postures on the bed or perhaps practice a few moves in the shower!
Adjust your expectations
Whether you’re traveling for business, pleasure or both, travel changes your daily schedule. When your schedule changes you may be inclined to throw in the towel and skip practicing all together. Consider your practice while on the road to simply be maintenance. You don’t skip brushing your teeth while you’re traveling even though you may be using a lousy toothbrush. And, it’s still worth it, right? We’ll the same goes for your practice.
Do What You Can, With What You Have, Where You Are
I unapologetically did some arm and side stretches while waiting in the queue for the airplane bathroom. And I thoroughly enjoyed a nice restorative yoga pose (legs up the wall with pillows instead of bolsters) while reading in my room. It didn't take much time, but I was so much more comfortable afterward.
Go beyond asana
Like discussed in the video, there are so many ways you can practice yoga without even moving! Explore pranayama, yoga nidra, meditation, chanting, kirtan, reading spiritual texts ... there is an endless supply of practices you can draw upon to center, ground and connect.
Remember All the Amazing Benefits
There may be days when you just don’t feel like it, but I promise you won’t regret making time for yoga while travelling. Here is a list of the benefits I noticed on these trips…decreased anxiety about travelling, feeling less jetlagged and more relaxed, better digestion and overall wellness when I was eating new/different food.
To sum it up ... traveling provides an opportunity for you to explore your body, breath and mind in a different environment. It gives you the ability to deepen your awareness and enhance your experience, enabling you to enjoy each moment to its fullest.
Whether you're at home, at work, in a traffic jam, on a plane or abroad, you can have a yoga practice to suit you.