1. Pack at least one “workout” outfit
Perfect to inspire you to incorporate some stretching during your travels. When you have the necessary attire, not much can stop you from practicing while on the road! You can technically even stretch while wearing a burlap sack. But that tends to be frowned upon. And itchy.
2. Integrate movement and stretching breaks into your day
Rest stops are the perfect opportunities to stretch out the kinks and tight muscles in your body from a long day of driving or from attempting to get comfortable in ball-form as a passenger. If you wake up with a sore neck or back, take a few extra minutes and stretch these areas generously. A sore and tight neck can go from bad to worse in a flash – very inconvenient while on the road and on the go.
3. Strike a pose in your hotel room – practice right after waking up
This is something I have gotten into the habit of at home, since it is so easy to do and since it feels the most needed at this time. Luckily you don’t need a lot of space to do this, and that extra 10 minutes of sleep doesn’t make a big difference in the long run, but an extra 10 minutes of stretching will.
4. Drink lots of water
You should be consuming more water while traveling than when at home for various reasons, the biggest ones being maintaining a high level of alertness and keeping your immune system in fighting action. Understanding that fresh water isn’t always a viable option in various countries around the world, an effort should be made to either filter it yourself or simply purchase bottled water. In Peru I consumed three 2 litre bottles of water daily. It sounds extreme, but as the body weakens from the high altitude, it’s essential. Drink, drink, drink!
5. Go easy on the coffee
You know the feeling of jet lag: that foggy haze when you’re not sure if you’re tired, hungry, or awake. When we take our bodies into different time zones, it can be a few days before our body adjusts. While coffee helps us stay awake, it is a false cue that forces the body to remain awake instead of letting ourselves adjust gently. Caffeine is like a credit card. It takes energy that your body doesn’t have, providing a quick jolt of unnatural energy that can disrupt your nervous system in a big way – especially when traveling. Our body clocks need to reset, and we can help them do that.
6. Go easy on the alcohol
If you are a frequent yogi than you are very aware of the importance of hydration. Consuming a generous amount of alcohol negates the concept of being well hydrated, and can create several issues like becoming more susceptible to illness and fatigue. You can be hungover anytime you want at home. If you’re hungover while traveling, it could considerably take away from your experiences . . . a risk I find pointless to take.
7. Create your own yoga playlist
A short and sweet yoga practice set to music can make every practice the highlight of your day. If you’re ready to stretch or need to sort through your thoughts, your favourite inspiring and relaxing music will be only the press of a button away. Ahhh.
8. Keep a journal
If you’re a sensitive person like me, writing out your thoughts and feelings down on paper works wonders in order to release any negative emotions and move on. Contrary to this are all the wonderful things that are happening to you. From the big moments to the little moments, the funny moments to the scary moments, and the unknown to the special moments, writing it all down will ensure you never forget for years and years to come.