And relax…

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We all know too well how trains, planes, delays, airport lounges, small hotel rooms and being constantly on the move can leave you feeling drained. Establishing a comfortable rhythm is easy at home when you are in control of your daily routine, but travelling (whether for business or pleasure) has a habit of throwing you a little off track.

But what better way to get back on and stay on track than taking yoga on the road with you? Here Kirsty Gallagher, one of the UK’s top Yoga teachers, shares her tips for making yoga your perfect travelling companion

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself. So you may not be able to fit in your regular hour long daily practice or three classes a week but any yoga is better than none, right? Decide on a realistic and achievable time you can commit to your practice each day (it may just be 15 minutes) and stick to that no matter what. This in itself will help you to create a routine wherever you go and remain focused, grounded and blissfully aware as you take to the road.
  • Plan a little in advance. Write down or record a few simple practice schedules that you can always go to. When the mind goes blank (or if you are used to taking classes when you don’t have the guidance of your teacher) this will help you to be able to stick to a practice with very little effort and without having to ‘think’ too much about what to do.
  • Don’t make excuses. No you don’t need a mat to practice and yes a hotel towelling robe tie or scarf is just as good as a strap! Yoga doesn’t require any special equipment or even a lot of space, it simply needs you to show up and practice. Even in the smallest of spaces you can fit in standing poses such as trikonasana, tree pose and warrior two.
  • Been seeing the sights and feel too tired to practice? Then a few relaxing yin yoga poses will help to release any built up tension and ensure a deep restful night’s sleep.
  • Remember that yoga is far more than just postures. You can ‘do’ yoga all day every day without even having to step foot on your mat.  Meet delays with meditation, when things don’t quite go to plan practice some breathing, chant mantras when in transit and show compassion to every stressed out check in person or fellow traveller that you meet. Use your travels as a chance to surrender and go with the flow, trusting that it’s all happening just as it should.
  • Check out a local class or incorporate a yoga retreat into your travel plans. Nowadays yoga can be found just about anywhere, from the beach to the park, studios to community halls and of course there are retreats on offer just about anywhere and everywhere.

About Kirsty
Kirsty Gallagher teaches regular workshops and retreats in the UK, Europe and beyond. For more information click here  


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