The holiday countdown has begun, yippee. Passport, check! Toothbrush, check! Yoga mat, check? You can practically smell the mossy mountainous forest or taste the salty sea air. For a few weeks, months or years we relish a change of scenery. A highlight in our calendar, holidays give us a break from the daily rhythm (or grind) of our routine life.
But first you have to pack, and then get there and back (sorry, too soon). Long plane, train, or any type of automotive journeys are cumulative to stress build up and pain.
Ideally we practice in the same place, at the same time, but let’s get realistic, when you’re on the move and in holiday mode it can be somewhat more challenging. Don’t quit it mighty warrior. As Yogis we all carry the wisdom and benefits of Yoga through our own personal experiences. We know good karma cultivates, well, good karma. And Yoga well, why halt something which makes you feel good and love, when the whole reason you went on holiday was to, well, feel good and love?
Sure, your practice might have to evolve, be itsy-bitsy, minus your favorite spanks, but at the same time you might unearth a humble warrior and victory will be yours.
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.”
Here are my top travel tips to keep calm and Yogi on through your holiday journey.
Get grounded on the move
You of course, not the mode of transport. Nadi Shodhana, alternative nostril breathing will help encourage a calmer emotional state, increase the intake of oxygen and regulate your body’s thermometer. A little subtle exercise such as Sukshma Vyayama can be practiced seated and works to alleviate stiffness, muscular tension and stimulate blood flow.
Rise and shine Yoga
Surya Namaskar as a whole sequence offers numerous benefits, stimulating and balancing all the systems of the body. By synchronizing the breath with the flow, even if it’s only for a few minutes each morning, will increase mental clarity by bringing fresh oxygenated blood to the brain. Get involved, get others involved. Rally up hotel guests and start your day the way you mean to go on.
Inspiring travel snaps
After much dedication and practice, you’ve nailed that pose! What better way to celebrate than by taking a timeless snap to capture the memory somewhere amazing. Better still, include your Yogi Surprise box, and share your photo for your chance to win a Yoga retreat.
Practice in private
Creating the right space is important, so if privacy is your thing, have a word with your hotel manager. In my experience, they are generally happy to accommodate a space for you to enjoy a few moments of tranquility.
Pack lighter gear
To practice Yoga, all we really need is ourselves. A lighter travel mat or even a scarf won’t burden your weight load. The Gaiam, super grippy Yoga gloves from June’s Yogi Surprise box is ideal.
Find a class, try something new
We are generally more open to the art of possible on holiday. Embrace the adventurist within you, go seek and find a Yoga class. It could be a new style, something edgy, whatever. Consider this; have you ever not learned something in a class, even if it’s not your style?
Break up your practice
The beauty of Yoga is that we carry it with us. At any point in the day, when you feel the need or wish, why not drop down into your down-dog and practice some core work or restorative poses?
Watch, listen, read
Punch Yoga podcast video’ into your search engine and you’ll get a colossal 1.6m results. Ok, that is overwhelming, but the second result lists a great article from Elephant Journal on 10 of the best. Finding your online Guru is great because you get to see and try so much without having to spend a penny. Engaging books hold knowledge which can serve you long after you’ve turned the final page. Books like “Light on Yoga” by BKS Iyengar and “The Yoga Sutras” of Patañjali can be read slowly, with compassion and openness. Even if our sense of concentration is short, you can return time and time again.
“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we find it not.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spontaneity can unlock endless possibilities. Surrender and enjoy the adventure and remember the joy Yoga brings. Try to avoid getting embarrassed, listen to your body and mind, loose the ego, feed the soul and get involved.