Airbnb to Airplane: 3 Best Yoga Poses for Travel
Taking your yoga practice on vacation could be the best thing you do for your body this year. Traveling is so difficult on your body: It throws off your routine, your digestion, and increases stress levels. With targeted yoga poses for travel, you can calm your mind and body to enjoy your trip the best!
I have taught yoga for five years now, and during that time I visited 20+ countries and lived abroad twice. During that time, I’ve found some favorite yoga poses for travel, including the three below.
Best Yoga Poses for Travel
Each part of your trip affects your mind and body differently, and so will be best suited to different yoga poses, or asanas. Practice these targeted yoga poses for travel during each point of your trip, and you could transform your next vacation.
Airport: Downward Dog
The classic yoga pose Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) is great to try at the airport, where many people are stretching out! This pose is perfect before you sit on a plane for a long time, as it uses all your major muscle groups and the inversion will refresh you. Downward Dog strengthens your arms and stretches your hamstrings and calves simultaneously. Try bicycling your legs in Downward Dog to really get all your muscles moving.
Airplane: Eagle Pose
Sitting in an airplane is the most restricting part of travel… your organs become stagnant and your muscles become sore from not moving. This is an especially good time to do twisting poses, which revitalize your organs and joints. Try Eagle Pose (Garudasana) in your seat. Twist your right leg over your left, wrapping as many times as is comfortable, whilst twisting your arms the opposite way (left over right), and bending at the elbows so your palms meet. Keep your upper arms parallel to the floor (not in toward the chest) to really open your shoulders. Hold this for 5-10 deep breaths, before repeating on the opposite side.
Airbnb or Hotel: Legs Up the Wall
After walking around sightseeing all day, you may notice that your feet are sore and your ankles may even become swollen! This is because lymphatic fluid, which has no pumping system like your blood, settles at your feet and ankles due to being upright all day. Legs up the wall pose (Viparita Karani) is the perfect solution. Reverse the flow of your lymphatic fluid by laying on your bed and propping your legs straight up against the wall. Hold this for 5-10 minutes at the end of a long day, and you will be ready for another day of sightseeing!
Yoga Poses for Travel: Go Beyond the Poses
Finally, remember that yoga is so much more than the poses. It is a thousands of years old practice that involves your mind and spirit as well as your body. If you are feeling tense, try meditation or cardiac coherence. Remember that there are seven other limbs of yoga besides the physical poses, and try to bring those on the road with you. You may find that you feel more present and peaceful on your next trip!
Do you have favorite yoga poses for travel? Let us know in the comments!