Traveling Yogi: The Cruise Life
I’ve been very fortunate to have gone on several cruises, which are an excellent, often all-inclusive way to explore many places in one vacation, as well as feel to close to the sea. As I am a person who truly loves the ocean, cruises are a perfect vacation for me. As a matter of fact, I went on a cruise this past March, and did everything I could to maintain my habit of practicing yoga while traveling every day.
However, tiny cabins and limited public space might make it seem like there’s no way to maintain a daily yoga practice while aboard.
There are especially many options for the daring. On a tropical cruise, many of the stops will include beach locations. They may be very public and exposed, but these ports do allow the necessary space and time to get on your mat and complete your routine.
The Fitness Center
Aboard the ship, most cruisers will be able to find a fitness center, which should include a space for stretching. Anyone not self-conscious in their practice will have an excellent space to go at their own pace at many times throughout the day. Just be careful to check when there are classes going on, as the space may be occupied.
Perhaps a Class?
The classes often include at least one yoga class, and I did take the one offered while I was aboard. It may cost extra money to take certain yoga classes. On the specific type of cruise I went on, yoga was an extra expense, but there was an ab workout class and a morning stretch class for no additional charge. There were also other paid classes. This is a good opportunity to try something new!
In the Comfort of Your Own Space!
For those who are a little more inhibited in practicing yoga in public, there is significant room in the larger staterooms for at least one mat worth of floor space. If you have a small interior room, it is possible there won’t be enough space to practice in that location. It’s definitely sufficient for meditation, and any poses you can do on a twin-sized bed.
Now, the fun part, in my opinion, is that being on a ship adds an extra challenge to your balance. Even balances that you have mastered are suddenly revamped and more difficult; they can work different muscles or test your skills in new ways. Dancer pose in rough waters was one that I found especially enjoyable.
I’m glad that I was able to make this work for me. Vacations are supposed to take you away from your regular life, but I also believe in keeping the good parts of your habits with you as much as you can.
I’d love to see comments with your stories of sticking with yoga while traveling, or if and why you decided to take a break!