Would you like to stay connected to your yoga practice while on the go this summer? Weaving yoga into your time away from home can help you feel grounded, centered, and refreshed en route and upon arrival. Here are a few ideas from my personal practice to inspire you:
A breathing exercise I take with me wherever I go is a practice called 4-7-8 breathing. It’s very accessible and easy to learn. I like to practice it when I’m driving as it leaves me feeling centered and refreshed. It can also be practiced before bed to help calm and settle the nervous system. Here’s a link to Dr. Andrew Weil demonstrating the technique and discussing the benefits.
Been in the car for several hours or more? I like to practice a variation of pigeon pose to let the hips open. If you’re a passenger, take a seated variation (at any point during the ride) – cross your right ankle over your left knee and flex your right foot. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale fold forward. Hold for 6-7 breaths (or longer) and then switch to the other side. The standing variation of this shape can be practiced while at the pump waiting for your tank to fill! Gas station yoga, anyone?! ☺
An easy and powerful asana to practice while traveling is viparita karani or legs-up-the-wall pose. Practicing this restorative shape for 10-15 minutes (preferably before bed the night you arrive) serves to calm the mind, relieve fatigue, re-circulate your blood, and can help with jet lag and mild insomnia. No props (besides a wall or a tree if camping!) are necessary for this pose. As you breathe in here say to yourself “let” and as you breathe out “go.”
Wishing you nourishing summer travels!
Kerrie is an RYT 500 Prana Flow yoga teacher and transformational coach with a background in holistic health, mind-body nutrition, dynamic eating psychology, and personal development. Learn more about Kerrie and the love behind what makes her classes so powerful!