Travel brings tons of fun, new experiences, and memories, but it can also take its toll on your body. As you all know I practice yoga regularly and make time for my practice during my travels. Yoga is a great way to nourish both your body and soul during the busy travel season. I spoke to certified Yoga Therapist and Senior level Iyengar teacher Carrie Owerko to get some great yoga tips and yoga poses for my fellow busy travelers.
5 Yoga Tips for Travelers
What are some yoga poses and exercises you can do on a long flight?
I like to get up and move about on long-haul flights. I stand up, go back toward the galley and do a series of plies and releves in a parallel position (like small standing squats or Utkatasan), then straighten my legs and slowly lift and lower my heels. I will do several of these on two legs, then on one leg while pulling the opposite heel up into my buttock to stretch my quads and challenge my balance. Then I do standing side bends, arm circles, standing twists and standing back arches. The standing back arches are essential. All of these will be interspersed with various arm movements like the gomukasana (cow face) arm position, garudasana (eagle pose) arm position, and interlacing my fingers above my head or behind my back. If I find enough space (I am petite, which can be helpful sometimes) I have even done lunge/front split (hanumanasana) progressions. Uttanasana/parsvottanasana/and revolved Trikonasana (standing front bend and revolved triangle) are also great. They lengthen the hamstrings and relieve excess muscular tension along the spine.
Before you travel?
Before I travel I usually do a practice of backbends and inverted poses. This type of practice makes a huge difference in terms of how my body feels during and after the flight.
In your hotel room?
As for accommodation, I like to stay in Airbnb’s instead of hotels. I travel extensively to teach and need space for my practice. I do not do the shared Airbnb thing–I like solitude, so I get my own space, and one with enough room for me to really move. I also like to get off my mat and do locomotive movement patterns so I am more interested in having space rather than furniture or nice things. I like to cook for myself as well, so Airbnb is perfect for me.
After you land to adjust to a time change?
Jet lag can be an issue, so I try and get out, about and into the light as soon as I land, unless it is very late in the evening. If it is, I do a relaxing restorative type of practice in my Airbnb, go to bed, then get up early the next day and get out in the light. Being outside, in the natural light is essential. I think cardio really helps as well. I do a walk/run type of thing wherever I find myself. It helps me get oriented to my new surrounding, increases circulation, and I feel more adventuresome and less fearful about being in a new place.
Why is it important to maintain your yoga practice while you travel?
Making sure I find time for practice is never really an issue for me. I love to practice. It is a priority. I think it is a non-negotiable, essential part of being a teacher. And for me, yoga/movement practice is where I feel most at home. It helps me connect and tune into my body and breath and because of this, makes the travel much more pleasurable and sustainable. I even find that I am more disciplined about my practice when I am traveling. I like the ritual of it, I find it grounding. I also love how being in a new space/place tends to make me more creative and awake in my practice. Travel (like yoga) can really help open your mind–and even more so if you commit to practicing while traveling. They are beautiful partners.
About Carrie Owerko:
Carrie Owerko has been teaching yoga and exploring the relationship between body, breath, and mind for several years. She holds a Senior Intermediate Iyengar teaching credential, is a certified Yoga Therapist (IAYT), and continues her studies with the Iyengar family by traveling to India on a regular basis, as well as with continuous and in-depth studies with her yoga teacher, Patricia Walden. Be sure to follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
Great tips! Def useful for when you travel!
I love this!! I am definitely saving this post for when I go out of town!!
i need to do more yoga while i travel!
I do yoga at home, but I definitely need to be better about doing it when I travel!
Thanks for the tips! I suffer from jet lag all the time when I travel from France to Los Angeles, I will follow your tip now!
These are some amazing tips! Never would’ve thought of this during travel season. I’m going to work on implementing into my travel now.
These are such great tips! That back bend move is one of my favorite ways to stretch out. My back always feels better after!
You’re awesome for sharing this! Travel does NOT have to mess up one’s workout routine.
Love these yoga tips on the go. I travel a lot so I will be using them for sure.
Love all the tips, thanks Stuart!
These are really good yoga tips especially for travelling! I will keep this in mind for traveling! ❤️
I never think to do yoga when I travel but its such an easy way to incorporate exercise when you dont have a gym, thanks for the tips! xo ~Zia
I just did yoga while traveling a few weeks ago and it was so beneficial!
Indeed a great post.Thanks for sharing a yoga tips. These day yoga is important to become health in life.Keep posting