It can be hard to keep up with your yoga and meditation routine at home, let alone while traveling. There are so many places to visit, so many new people to meet, and so much food to taste. However, taking yoga with you on a trip can turn that trip into an adventure. It can be an opportunity to broaden your experience, try new styles, and learn from new teachers.
The beauty of yoga is that it can be done literally anywhere – at the airport, in a parking lot, hotel room, or at the park. Besides that, you’ve left all your worries and work behind, and you can now completely focus on reconnecting with yourself. So, there are really no excuses why you shouldn’t maintain your yoga practice on a holiday or a business trip. Commitment is all you really need.
Here are some practical pieces of advice for staying centered.
1. Be prepared
Wherever you go, take your essential yoga kit with you. Mats and workout clothes add to your baggage, but you can improvise. Instead of packing your yoga mat, just bring an extra towel, or borrow one from the hotel. As for the clothes, pack anything that is comfortable. You want to bring anything that you can wash, air dry, and reuse a few times.
Ideally, choose the clothes that you can also wear as street attire. Also, fill up your iPod with music that would get you in the mood for practicing. Last but not least, practicing yoga can be quite exhausting, especially when combined with sightseeing. You will need something to boost your energy on the road, so bring a sufficient supply of your favorite after workout drinks.
Yoga has become a global phenomenon, and you can find a local yoga studio anywhere you travel. Check out the local studios before you set off, so you know where to find them when you land in your destination. If you are staying at a hotel, ask the receptionist if they offer yoga classes to their guests.
This might also be a great time to explore and try something new. Have you ever practiced yoga on a rooftop, or in the desert? Walk the streets of a new town, and find a place that you feel connected to.
3. Take virtual yoga classes
If you are a newcomer to the practice of yoga, and don’t feel comfortable going solo, there are a number of websites that offer online yoga classes. Choose the class that suits you; in terms of the price range (there are free ones as well), time duration, and abilities. Just make sure your hotel has a wi-fi network, and there will be no stopping you.
4. Set a goal
Think realistically. What is the purpose of your trip? How much time will you have for yourself? What part of the day will be the best for practicing or meditating? Plan ahead and make a commitment to stick to the plan. Even if that means only 20 minutes every other day, it is still better than nothing.
5. Give yourself a break
Sometimes, you just can’t squeeze those 20 minutes in between sightseeing and business meetings. So what? Yoga teaches us patience, forgiveness, and to live in the moment. Forgive yourself for skipping a few days of your practice. You’ll do better next time.
What are your experiences with practicing yoga while traveling?
Guest Post by: Cristina Nika Kask
Cristina is a blogger from HIGH STYLE LIFE. She's an aspiring fashion and lifestyle blogger from Sydney. Making guest appearances on fashion blogs, trying to establish herself in the world of fashion blogging and becoming an important part of the ever growing community.
Thanks alot for this article Cristina!