Are you planning your next holiday and wondering how you can keep up with your yoga practice while you are away? Below are some tips that I hope you’ll find useful:
1. Commit to yoga at least 10 minutes a day
If you don’t have more time, 10 minutes is really all it takes. I know what you are thinking “10 minutes! – that’s too easy”. Well, it’s not. It is very easy to lose your yoga focus when there are so many other interesting things going on around you. To make it easier you can make a plan to do yoga at a particular time of the day and try to stick to it.
2. Pack for practice
In your suitcase, make sure you have packed at least one yoga outfit. Some of these outfits can also be used as a comfortable plane or car outfit. Also, most of them are made with high-tech fabrics which make them easy to wash, dry, and pack. If you have the budget to buy a new yoga mat, concentrate on getting travel mats that you can easily fold to fit in the smallest carry-on.
3. Practice outside
Nothing beats practicing yoga while enjoying a beautiful scenery and some fresh morning air, right? Make the most of the good weather. Practicing outdoors and feeling you are at one with nature is a great way to enjoy your yoga routine.
4. Plan ahead but be flexible
I love morning yoga practice, it helps me to clear my mind and start my day full of energy. However, days can’t always start in the way we want them to, can they? Try to be flexible with fitting in your yoga practice and please don’t give up altogether when you can’t practice at the time you planned. Always be ready to improvise.
5. Download a Yoga App or Carry Yoga DVD
You can use the complimentary wi-fi to your advantage while on holiday. There are tons of yoga app you can download to use as guidance. If you don’t feel like downloading an app, you can stream yoga videos from YouTube or (if you are not the techie type or are travelling to a very remote area) just pack a Yoga DVD before you leave (just check you can play the DVD at your destination).
6. Join a class
Probably the easiest way to keep up with your yoga practice while on the holiday is to join a yoga class. As yoga is so popular now, most fancy hotels offer classes to their guests. Alternatively, do some research on the availability of public classes at your destination. It is so much easier to stay motivated when you practice with other yoga lovers!
In conclusion, with good planning, commitment, and a little flexibility, you can easily take your yoga with you wherever you travel. Yoga can help you relax and set into the holiday mood more quickly and it will leave you feeling rejuvenated and re-energised for when you come back (because, big ole sigh, at some point we all have to come back…).