The Exploring Yogini’s Dream:
Practicing yoga while traveling is a bit like an elusive dream.
Exploring Yogini’s love traveling because it gets us out of our comfort zone. We hate travel because we desperately want our comfort zone. While we’re traveling, we give up control, consistency, and predictability. After we’re been tested and challenged from travel, we’re rewarded with a little more confidence, endurance, and knowledge.
While on the road, you’re always researching. You’re trying to locate a grocery store with healthy and fresh foods. You are constantly navigating crowds and attempting to communicate without words. You adhere to early mornings and long nights of adventurous activities. This exhaustion, leads to difficultly in maintaining a consistent yoga practice during travel. It takes a great amount of willpower on the road to wake up early or stay up later to practice yoga.
Elusive does not equal impossible. Here is what you can do to practice physical asana while traveling…
Invest in a traveling yoga mat. Traveling yoga mats are thin and light, easy to pack-away, and they feel like home. My favorite travel yoga mat is YOGO.
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- If you have (reliable) internet, you can use free Youtube videos. My favorites are Yoga with Adriene and Yoga with Kassandra. Other online online platforms that require a stable internet connection are… DoYouYoga and YogaGlo to name a few!
Book accommodations with space. To do this, look at the photos of the accommodations closely. Try to gauge if they have enough space to stretch and move. Additionally, many hotel rooms are now offering yoga rooms to let you flow your heart out. You can also try only renting private rooms in hostels. A private room guarantees your privacy, and maybe a little extra space.
Take advantage of downtime. You can practice yoga while you’re waiting in-line at the bus station, riding a long train, or waiting for a show. Instead of playing the waiting game, introduce a little bit of space into your body and mind.
If there is a Lululemon in town, see if they have a free community class.
Truth is, practicing yoga around the world is frustrating and challenging.
I don’t know about you guys, but I am sore, stiff, and damn guilty when I’ve gone too long without my yoga practice. As crappy as I may feel, I still can’t bring myself to practice for long periods of time during travel.
Perhaps you’ve felt the same or similar emotions towards your lack of yoga during travel. If you have, know that it’s okay you’re not practicing as often. Our yoga practice is constantly evolving and flowing through real life. Sometimes we practice 60 minutes, other days, it’s a short five minutes. To cope, we can try other types of yoga. We can focus on meditation while on the airplane. Practice mindfulness during meals. Find a different dimension of yoga that feeds your soul.
If you’re still craving physical movement, do adventurous activities that are physically active. Go on walks when you enter into a new city. Try going on a bike-tour of the town. Go water-repelling, try scuba diving, and hike the mountains.
There are so many other ways that you can get physically active while traveling.
Sometimes you have to give up the expectation that you need a daily practice that is 60 minutes. When you give up the control, your gratitude radiates every time you do get to flow for an extended period of time. Your stiff and sore body recognizes how incredible it feels to stretch and move.
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