So you want to travel the world but also want to keep up your yoga practice?
You’re in the right place. I LOVE travelling, and I also love yoga. Keep reading to find out how to incorporate a regular yoga practice, even with little time and little space.
During the journey
This is a tough one – depending on your journey, it’s not always easy to have either the space, time (or courage) to practice on a long flight or train journey, or any other public transport for that matter.
If you are sat down, but feel in need of a bit of peace of calm, you could meditate briefly in your seat. Try closing your eyes, and begin to breathe deeply. Inhale through your nose for 2 and a half seconds, hold it briefly at the top, and then exhale for 2 and a half seconds. Begin to accept the moment for what it is right now, and feel grateful for it. Remember that everything passes – so however unpleasant this journey is, like everything, it will not last forever.
If you’d like a little movement on your journey, but have limited space, then some simple side twists might do the trick. If you can, get yourself into a cross-legged pose, and inhale. As you inhale, reach your arms up above you. As you exhale, twist your body to the right and place your leg hand on your right knee. Repeat the other side.
If you don’t have the space or capacity to practice any yoga on your journey, I would recommend even getting up and walking around the carriage or plane a little, just to get the blood circulating and the motion going in your body, if only for a short while.
After the journey
A good time to practice some yoga, or even just have a stretch is straight after the long flight, car or train journey.
It’s not very natural for our bodies to be sat down for such long periods of time, and it can take it’s toll. You’ll feel it yourself – when you’ve been on a plane or a train for 6+ hours, your body is craving a stretch and move around.
And sometimes, despite how you take every opportunity to get up and move around, it’s just not enough. Our bodies are in need of some serious TLC.
Poses that might help:
- Downward down is always my go-to if I’m feeling in need of a good stretch. The pose allows us to stretch out our spine and legs. Try pedelling your legs out whilst in the pose to really get into it.
- Cat-cow is also a great pose to release any tension and stiffness that may have found it’s way into your body. The key to this pose is moving very slowly. This is all about stretching the torso and the spine. You’ll want to be so focused that you can visualise each vertebrae moving one-by-one.
Set aside time
So the journey is over, and you’ve just arrived in a new place. I’ve been there, and I know that the last thing you want to do is thing about how to incorporate yoga into everything else you’ve got planned for your itinerary.
The thing is, yoga is a form of self care and self love, and that shouldn’t be dismissed purely because you’re in a new place.
Your body (and mind!) will thank you immensely if you keep up your practice.
And it doesn’t have to take long – surely you can find 10 minutes each day for a bit of a flow? What is important is that you plan ahead, or simply plan to do it at certain times during the day for example 10 minutes when you wake up or 10 minutes before you get into bed.
Without planning ahead, you can be sure that things will just get in the way of your practice. By keeping to a routine with it, you’ll build it in as a habit, and who knows, you may even keep that up when you get back home!
Another great thing about keeping the habit is that it will actually build your self-esteem. Good self-esteem and self-respect comes from self-commitment. The more we can keep commitments to ourselves, the more we trust ourselves and in turn, the more we like ourselves.
Why should I bother?
You may also be wanting a break from your daily habits and routines – you’re on holiday after all!
I have also been here, and can say from experience that after implementing useful daily habits into my routine, then going on holiday and forgetting they exist, really disrupts my focus.
It makes it that much harder to get back into it when you get back from holiday. And don’t forget, you have these habits and routines for a reason. They make you feel better, they make you feel more calm.
Why throw that away when you travel?
If it really does feel like a chore to keep up with your yoga practice whilst travelling, this may signal that something needs to shift in your practice. After all, this should be enjoyable, not awfully hard work.
Try a new flow, or a new style of yoga to get into. You want to find things that you find manageable and pleasant, so that would know you will keep up with it. If you make things too difficult for yourself then you may be setting yourself up to fail.
What have you got to lose?
So, I challenge you to incorporate a yoga flow into your travel schedule when you are on holiday. What have you go to lose?
If it doesn’t work out, then ditch it, however if it does, it’s a great habit to get into for the remainder of your life and travels.
I believe the benefits will completely outweigh the short time it takes for a yoga sequence in the long term.
Let me know how it all goes!