23 Dec The Secrets To Keep On Yoga When You Are On Your Holidays
With summer and the festive season approaching, chances are you’re booking flights or researching holiday destinations to flit away to. While there are many benefits to taking some well-deserved rest, we often let our healthy routines slip away as well. With after-work drinks and summer BBQ’s increasing, we see our waistbands getting looser, and the yoga studio slowly becomes a distant memory. So how can you maintain your yoga practice on holiday or over the summer months?
Preparation is everything
If you’re going away, make sure you pack properly. One or two yoga outfits that can double as daywear – or a comfy plane outfit – will do the trick. Activewear is all the fashion, lucky you! Look for simple colours and patterns in sweat-wicking fabrics that will dry fast after sweating or washing. If you’ve got the space, pack a yoga mat. Try a super-thin travel mat. While it might not provide much cushion when you’re pushin’ from high plank to chaturanga, the extra grip will go a long way. Plus it’s super light, so you can still pack extra yoga tights. #WINNING
Let’s be real
Yoga practice on holiday doesn’t need to be a 90-minute heated vinyasa flow at the crack of dawn. It can be, though, don’t let us stop you. Be kind to yourself and manage your expectations. Maybe opt for a 15-minute flow, some floor stretches or even a few rounds of sun salutations. If there are days you don’t feel like moving, take a few minutes out to meditate and centre. Remember: a little something is always better than nothing.
When the weather is warm, head outdoors and embrace it! Lather up the SPF and take your practice to the beach, the park or the garden for a flow amongst nature. Listen to the sounds of birds and the breeze as you move between asanas. Enjoy a (healthy) dose of Vitamin D on your skin and some fresh air – studies have even shown that exercising outdoors can be a significant boost to tackle stress and anxiety! Even walking barefoot over grass or sand can reset you in seconds. Give it a go!
Friends who yoga together…
You know, how the saying goes! Grab your travel buddy – or find a new friend – and hit the mat together. The extra motivation and accountability of doing it together mean you’re less likely to miss a session. The social aspect can make incorporating your practice into your holidays an enjoyable part of your day, and you can work towards goals together – no matter how big or small they may be! Practising with a yoga buddy is way more fun, plus you can spot each other in handstands, too.
Inspiration is just a click away.
Let’s face it; some days, it can be pretty daunting to roll out your mat and commit to your yoga practice on holiday. Let your brain have some downtime and log onto Power Living‘s online yoga studio, yogaholics, for a whole range of practices that you can take with you anywhere, any time. From guided meditations and inspirational talks to yoga classes ranging from 5-90 minutes, there’s bound to be a practice that helps you stay on track while enjoying your holiday.
And guess what? We already picked Emee‘s Feel Good Flow for you. Perfect for in-between all these lazy lunches and catch up with friends. This juicy little sequence will bring that love to your organs and have your liver feeling as fresh as well, let’s say once upon a time in a past life. Get rejuvenated, fresh, bendy, floaty… yeah, we think you get it. It feels good, real good!
Have the best holidays, yogis!
Written by Yogaholics Team