Take your Yoga on the Road.

Via on Nov 16, 2011

It is easy to establish a rhythm in the familiar environment. You can control your schedule, sleep, meals and fitness activities. It creates a routine. Even going to a place you really like can put a toll on the system. You can try these strategies to adjust and enjoy the journey.

Travel:

  1.  Check your tickets and identification.
  2.  You can print your boarding pass 24 hours prior to the trip.
  3. Pack an organized carry-on. If you can, try not to check in your bag. It is very easy to over-pack only to end wearing the same clothing over and over.
  4. Check the information about the liquid rules for carry-ons.
  5. Check the prohibited items.
  6. Bring some snacks: your favorite fruit, nuts, a few bars. The food in the airport is rarely healthy.
  7. Don’t forget a few good books and tunes.

If in doubt, leave it out…

Arrival:

  1. Unpack your bags right after arrival. A messy room can add to your discombobulating phase.
  2. If you like candles, use a scented one with lavender to refresh your senses.
  3. Yoga comes extremely handy on the road. Try a few easy lunges, arms Vinyasa to release the shoulders, downward dog on the wall, cakravakasana – cat to child pose and apanasana – knees to chest.
  4. If you have a regular practice, try it, but don’t force your body.
  5. You may have no space or energy for a yoga asana practice, but you can always practice Pranayama. Start by closing your eyes and focusing on your breathing, slowly deepening the breaths and making inhalations and exhalations smooth and even. Try inhaling and exhaling on the count of 3 or 4 for twelve times.
  6. Meditate. Simple focusing on your breath, a heartbeat or a candle light for a few minutes will ease your tension.

And finally, let it all go. It’s easy to over-schedule the trip and craft a dream of perfection.

Remember, you’re on vacation! Slow down, chill out and have a good time.


About Anna Sheinman

Anna is a passionate yoga student, a teacher, an outdoor enthusiast, a foodie, a bookworm, and an amateur writer who is hopelessly in love with the Rocky Mountains. She is 600+ hours registered yoga teacher and she continues to study with her teachers Chase Bossart and Guta Hedewig in the tradition of T. Krishnamacharya. Anna has been fortunate to take an intensive therapy course with Mr. Desickchar, Gary Kraftsov and AG Mohan. She enjoys hiking, dancing, skiing, rock climbing, good company, and the vastness of the mountains. Anna currently teaches yoga around the Boulder City area and organizes outdoor yoga retreats, where she teaches in her favorite studio - at top of the mountain. Anna’s life transformation has inspired her to help others on the journey to create healthier and happier lives through the exploration of yoga. Read more about Anna and connect with her on FB or via e-mail: streamoflifeyoga@gmail.com.

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4 Responses to “Take your Yoga on the Road.”

  1. mccubma says:

    I travel every week for work. A few notes regarding airport security, which is always more stressful during the holidays due to increased volume.
    - To make security easier just check your liquids. I agree, "If in doubt, leave it out." Even something you think is harmless or a website says is OK might be taken from you and you have zero say in the matter. At security, TSA is God. (Another note — treat them as kindly as possible even if you really want to choke them. Don't waste your time or your breath arguing.)
    - Wear shoes that come on and off easily. Throw your gym shoes / laced shoes into a carry on bag or purse.
    - Hoodies, sweaters, scarves, jackets, heavy jewelry, etc. must come off to clear security. Just know that in advance OR don't wear seven layers to the airport. They will make you take all of it off.
    - BREATHE :o)

    • Anna says:

      Hi,

      Thank you for your comment!
      My fav:: "Another note — treat them as kindly as possible even if you really want to choke them. Don't waste your time or your breath arguing.)"

      Anna.

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