For yoga enthusiasts, it is important to maintain their yoga schedule no matter what. Most yogis try to stick to their schedule to maintain their practise along to keep them energised and fresh. However, their yoga schedule gets tossed out the window when they travel abroad. Keeping a regular yoga practice is very easy at home, but when travelling, you can develop a laid-back attitude.
Here’s a look at some easy tips that will help you maintain your yoga practise when travelling:
- Pack your yoga mat
Most yoga mats can be packed easily in your suitcase, and they are a good way of motivating you to practise yoga. Some hotels provide yoga mats so if you want to travel hassle-free, you can ask for yoga mats from the hotel where you would be staying.
- Flexible routine
When you are traveling, you may not be able to practise yoga on your routine fixed time, but that should not stop you from practising yoga. If you don’t get time in the morning, spend some time doing yoga in the evening. If you generally practise yoga for an hour at your home, set realistic expectation and devote only half an hour or 20 minutes for some basic yoga poses. Even if you don’t get time for yoga daily, you can practise 3 or 4 times a week. This will help keep you committed to your practice.
- Simple practice routine
If you are an ace yoga practitioner who incorporates complex yoga poses in their daily practice, choose some simple yoga poses which can be easily practised when you travel. Either note down the sequence of these yoga asanas or record them somewhere. This can be helpful even to those students who are used to practising yoga only under the guidance of their tutors. It is better not to practise complex poses on your own so choose some easier poses to practise when travelling abroad.
- Discover new ways for practising
You may not have access to the required props which you usually use for your yoga practice. When travelling in a completely new location, try to figure out newer ways of practising at an unfamiliar environment. You can benefit from being creative in your yoga practice.
- No excuses!
You may unintentionally find several ways and reasons to avoid practising yoga when travelling and staying at a hotel. Try to overcome these excuses. You don’t need a yoga mat to practise, you can do it on a towel or carpet. Yoga doesn’t need special equipment or a place for practice. You can perform yoga in your hotel room or balcony. Yoga is quite accommodating and can be performed anywhere at any time. Even in a compact space, you can perform yoga poses which can be done while standing. In worst cases, you can at least do some stretching exercises. Remember, yoga will help in ridding yourself of the fatigue and tiredness which comes with travelling and long flights.
- Practice at the airport
There are several airports around the world which now offer designated spaces for yoga. If you don’t happen to find yourself at one of those, then have a wander. You may find a less crowded spot where you can practice a few asanas. It won’t be any less than an adventurous experience.
- Yoga is not just asana
There is so much more to yoga than asanas. Even if you don’t have time to step on your yoga mat you can do some yoga in the form of meditation or pranayama by taking some deep breaths. You can also chant some mantras during transit, or perform some bhakti yoga while travelling. It will help you find some peace during the chaos of travelling.
- Local yoga class
If you are on a business trip, you could be staying abroad for a couple of days or even months. It is a good idea to join some local yoga classes to continue your yoga routine. You can also plan in advance and join a yoga retreat which will help you in relaxing and rejuvenating. Retreats will also give an opportunity to practice yoga at beautiful locations you may not otherwise visit on your travels. Once your travel plan is fixed, search and book the yoga retreat in advance. In case of a local yoga class, you can ask for recommendations or referrals from local people and hotels.
Practising yoga even when you travel will keep you energised and fresh. You will be able to enjoy your trip without getting tired and feeling sluggish. If you suffer from travel anxiety or stress, yoga will help in keeping you calm and composed. Plus, if you are travelling for a long duration, skipping your yoga practice completely will make it difficult to get back into the routine when you return home.
Devakar Sandhu is the owner of Ekam Yogashala a yoga school in Rishikesh, India which offers 200, 300, and 500 hour Yoga Training Programs to aspirants from all walks of life.
He is a dedicated yoga practitioner and values Indian culture. He firmly believes that your experience in yoga training depends on your sincerity. He always recommends students to figure out what interests them most and then pick the type of training. He has undergone several years of training in traditional yoga. He accredits his yoga practice in India as one of the strong foundations of his wide knowledge and exposure to intense knowledge of yoga.
He is trying to spread the essence of authentic yoga through his Yoga institute Ekam Yogashala.