When you’re away from home, whether you’re travelling for vacation or work, or you’re headed off to college, sticking with your yoga routine can seem impossible. After all, you’re away from your comfort space, like your home or your favorite yoga studio, and your hotel room, guest room, or dorm may be too cramped to get a good practice in. Plus, how are you going to pack and store your gear?
Fortunately, being away from home doesn’t mean giving up your routine! To help you stick with it or get back into the groove, here’s some tips on how to keep up with yoga when you’re away from home!
Find a Nearby Yoga Studio
Nearly every city and town have a yoga studio, so before you travel or relocate, check Yelp to find reputable options where you’ll be staying. Then, see if they offer classes at times that work for your school/work/vacation schedule.
It’s normal to feel anxious about trying a new studio, but it’s a great way to learn new methods from a different instructor and meet some people with similar interests – always a bonus when you’re staying in a new place!
Yoga on the Go
With technology, you can take a yoga class anywhere! There are YouTube videos of classes that you can follow along with – perfect if you have your laptop or tablet handy. However, you can even find yoga podcasts, some that focus on meditation and breathing, others that walk you through full Vinyasa and Asana practices! Popular options include:
- Vinyasa Yoga with Nathan Johnson
- 20 Minute Yoga Sessions from Yoga Download
- Jivamukti Yoga with Jessica Stickler
Download your favorites, pop in your earbuds, and practice with ease.
Yoga Is More than Asana
If you really don’t have the opportunity to get on your mat and move, that doesn’t mean you have to abandon yoga! You can practice pranayama, enjoy meditation, and engage in slow deep breathing pretty much anywhere. Even if your body can’t practice, you can maintain your mind and spirit from a hotel room, hostel, or dorm room.
Packing for Yoga
While you may not have room to pack a mat, block, and other yoga accessories, you probably have room for comfortable clothes. That’s honestly all you really need, unless you’re going to a studio. Then, you’ll want to bring your mat, or see if you can use/rent one of theirs.
Otherwise, consider getting some yoga socks and gloves for safety, use a hotel towel on the floor, or consider practicing on the grass or the sand. Is there anything to help you get in tune with nature like practicing asana under a tree, on the beach, or on the grass?
Something is Better Than Nothing
The most important thing to remember is that yoga doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. Even if you usually attend 3 one-hour classes each week, and that’s not feasible when you travel, that doesn’t mean you need to give up entirely.
Just 10 or 20 minutes of self-guided yoga or with a podcast is better than nothing, and it will be easier to step back into your usual routine once you get home. Set goals, make a commitment, and be consistent. And if you do get out of routine, practice self-forgiveness – it’s easy to beat yourself up or feel you don’t have the “willpower” to stick with something, when sometimes, life does get in the way.
Join Us at Our Smithfield Yoga Studio!
Whether you’re in the Smithfield area temporarily or you’ve been gone and want to get back into your yoga routine, The Yoga Connection is here for you! We have experienced yoga instructions to help you, no matter what your experience level is, and classes for every schedule. Call us today to learn more about our yoga classes at 919-971-1431 or view our classes online.