Traveling Yogi: Getting Flexy in Hostels & Hotels
No matter how you choose to travel—by plane, train, or automobile—one thing is for sure: you will need a place to lay your tired head while on the road. If you are anything like myself, you always choose to stay in hostels for the communal environment and the endless possibilities of meeting new friends and taking on new adventures. However, if you prefer a little bit more privacy (and dare I say, a bit more luxury) many of you may choose to stay in a hotel. Regardless of your choice, you’ll want to continue your practice during your travels, especially if you aren’t keen on airplane yoga.
As soon as you arrive in your new space, I suggest scoping out the best places to practice. If you’re most comfortable keeping your practice private, try to find a space in your room, or make space by moving furniture around. If you’re more on the adventurous side, take a walk around the vicinities, asking yourself: Is there a lounge area with enough open space? Is there a balcony or roof you can access? Is there a hallway with little-to-no traffic? Also, keep in mind that certain areas might be packed with people, but only during certain times of the day, so if you time it right, you may end up with multiple places to practice.
Once you’ve scoped out the locations for your yoga practice, I suggest following these next steps:
What to Practice On?
Step 1: Your first step is to figure out what sort of surface you’ll be using during your yoga practice. Don’t let your yoga mat—or lack there of—hold you back! If you don’t travel enough to invest in a travel yoga mat, you can use a towel for seated or prone/supine poses.
Find Your Yoga Spot
Step 2: Your second step is to find the space for your practice—a hallway, lounge area, or perhaps outside—the space you choose will guide your routine. You might want to keep in mind the traffic of the space you’re choosing to use. In some cases people find it hard to practice while people are passing by, but I’ve also witnessed yogis practicing right in the middle of what appeared to be a chaotic space.
Get to Practicing!
Step 3: Your third step it to put your practice into… well, practice! Let the space you choose help guide your practice and encourage creativity and flexibility. Have fun with it and be inventive. Think of space limitations as opportunities to try something new.
Try not to get caught up in the thought of “I don’t have enough space!” Instead, think of space restrictions as a way to make your practice more fun and definitely more creative. There are always ways to modify your routine to match the environment you have readily available for your practice.
How many of you take your yoga practice on the road? What holds you back from practicing while traveling, if anything?