Traveling is often restorative for the body, mind, and soul – but it can be difficult to keep up with your regular yoga practice. You’re going here and there, exploring, and perhaps working. Fortunately, there are endless ways you can integrate the physical and mindful exercises you need to stay centered (and celebrate with a glass of regional wine afterward!). Here are our top tips for yoga for travel.
- Download Essential Yoga Apps. Apps like MINDBODY Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga, and Airplane Yoga help you practice anywhere, from your hotel room to, yes, the plane!
- Be Gentle. Take the time to practice some more mild poses. With all the hustle and bustle of traveling, seated forward bends, staff pose, lotus, sphinx, and extended puppy pose can help us relax and remember to breathe.
- Practice Pranayama. Controlled breathing is a must for anyone, especially if you’re traveling. It can relieve stress and calm the body and mind. Nadi shodhana, or alternate nostril breathing, for example is especially calming (great for fearful fliers or when you encounter other challenges in your travel).
- Eat Mindfully. While delicious treats abound (and you should certainly take advantage!), remember to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean protein sources. Indulge in a local favorite, but try to maintain balance. A glass of organic regional wine after a long day is just what the doctor ordered!
- Free Yourself from Distractions. We know it’s tempting to update our Instagram Stories every time we see a beautiful attraction, but try to put the device down and become completely present in your travel experience.
- Meditate. Whether app-guided or movement-based, you can meditate on the go, as well as in the privacy of your accommodations. You’ll battle stress and anxiety while boosting sleep quality and emotional regulation. A must for travelers.
- Embrace the Local Culture. Every locale offers something special; take the time to notice and appreciate your destination. Whether that means visiting an art museum, trying a local hot spot, or sampling regional wine, there is much to be grateful for.
How do you integrate yoga into your travels?