The Perfect Yoga Sequence for Travel
- Created: 03 October 2016 03 October 2016
Travel is synonymous with adventure, self-expansion and wonderment at the world around us – but that’s not to say it doesn’t involve long transfer times, tender moments and the need to take rest every once in a while. How to combat this? Try our short yoga sequence each day at a time that suits you and whether you’re on your way to a yoga holiday or not, it’s a sure fire way of combating the trials and tribulations of travel. Soon you’ll be waving goodbye to the effects of uncomfortable travel transfers and instead aligning to your true purpose. So wherever you are in the world, try our simple yoga sequence to keep feeling fresh and rejuvenated.
Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Shvanasana)
If you’ve managed to conquer the plane journey with any in-flight healthy exercises, then downward facing dog is great for changing your head space from long journey to inner journey. By lowering the head below the heart it helps us to focus inwards and find a quiet space. The physical structure of the posture aligns the body by placing four points of contact to the floor (the hands and feet). It also helps to build strength in the upper body at the same time as flexibility throughout.
Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Shvanasana)
Upward facing dog is a posture that starts to work the spine whilst also opening the heart simultaneously. If you’re heading to a yoga & meditation holiday, it’s definitely a pose that’ll come in use to combat any slouching. Find a position that feels comfortable, don’t overwork the neck, and instead work on breathing into your upper chest. It can be a great posture for aligning to a soft power that drives you forward – ideal for any traveller who wants to leave nothing but footprints.
Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana)
Warrior pose helps to ignite the inner fire and push forward our aspirations, ideal for anyone interested in an active holiday. It teaches us to be strong despite being so openly spread – something we could all use when on the road! Look towards your forward facing hand and imagine yourself flat against a wall to really feel the stretch. Don’t go too hard into the knee, but instead aim for a meditative mind that gently conquers the battle of daily stresses.
Tree Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana)
Tree pose is for feeling rooted, dynamic and stable. It works our leg muscles, core strength and arm flexibility. The posture is ideal for use on the road and blends in with any notions of an eco-friendly holiday you’re looking take. From a simple standing position, first take the branching leg to a place the suits and then stretch the arms above the head. Find a single point of focus and work on keeping stable – just like a tree focuses on the sun despite all the wind and cold.
Wide Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)
For many practitioners, a wide legged forward bend brings us up against the blocks we face in life. From flexibility in the hips to fear in the head, this really is a position that challenges us and ask us to let go. Be careful of pushing too far, but instead find comfort in your limits and learn to relax with it – you’ll find this position the ideal accompaniment for a de-stressing holiday where you confront what is, and simply be.
Backbend (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
Backbends come in all various forms and we should start slowly by laying on the floor and pushing up. After lots of practice and determination though, the backbend transforms itself into the reverse motion of dropping back from standing upright. In this way, its wheel-like appearance and enactment acts as a metaphor for the cycles of our life. It’s a posture in yoga that’s really good for you, especially in delving into fears, opening the chest and finding the core.
Child’s Pose (Balasana)
For anyone looking to learn yoga on holiday, child’s pose is great for slowing down and activating the parasympathetic nervous system. It’s an essential position for centring-in and stepping back from the outside world. Either stretch your arms out in front of you, or gently place them by your side – and back off from any tension in the knees or ankles. It’s possible to stay quite a while here so explore shutting the mind down and slowing the breath to really find a sense of peace.
Corpse Pose (Shivasana)
Ask an advanced practitioner, and they’ll tell you the most important position of any yoga sequence is corpse pose. It’s the perfect opportunity to shut down and let the energy flow. For those looking to embark on a spiritual and holistic retreat, this posture will be of great aid. Aim to let go of the breath and any thoughts that have been bothering you. Stay here for at least 8 minutes, then roll onto your side, come up to a seated position and take in the world around you.