Finding a form of exercise you can do while traveling can take time and effort. You need something with little to no equipment and that can be done in a small space, like a hotel room. It would be best if you also had an exercise that is still worth doing for your body and doesn’t need a gym. This narrows the playing field for many people. If you are still searching, consider Hatha yoga. You can perform the poses while traveling and still get a full-body workout.
Mountain pose can help stretch out your legs and your back muscles. It also helps you open your chest muscles and help open your lungs. People often use mountain pose when traveling because it helps ease the stress or aches and pains from long flights. It also stretches out the body if you are in a confined space for too long, like a long flight. Perform the pose by starting in a lunge position. Your front foot should be flat on the floor. The back one should rest on the ball of your foot. Arch your body back slightly to open the chest area.
Side Angle Revolve
The next pose you can do is easy to move into from mountain pose. Keeping your legs in the lunge position from mountain pose, straighten your back, lean forward, and begin to revolve to the left or right. Bring your hands together in front of your chest. With your hands in this prayer position, twist your torso to the left or right. You will complete the pose facing both directions. This pose can help remove tension in your lower back and enable the spine to move slightly, which promotes energy.
From the single angle revolve, move into warrior pose. This pose is relatively easy. Your feet will change position slightly because you will stay in the lunge position, but you will go flat on both feet. Extend your arms, with one in front of you straight and the other behind you, palms facing down. You can extend the lunge to help flex your leg muscles.
The fourth pose in your Hatha yoga for travel routine is the pumping warrior pose. You do this pose by shifting out of the warrior pose, so you move from a lunge to a position where both feet are facing outward a shoulder width apart. Your body moves forward. This pose looks similar to a frozen jumping jack pose. Raise your hands in the prayer position above your head and stretch.
The final pose is the forward fold. Bring your legs together slowly with your arms above your head in the prayer pose. Inhale slowly. Release the breath just as slowly while you fold forward toward your feet. If you are flexible enough, your face should be even with your knees, and your fingers should be touching your toes.
These are only a few of the most common poses that Hatha yoga has to offer for travelers. You can research different poses as you see the need or if you want to increase your yoga routine’s intensity while traveling. You can also meet with a Hatha yoga instructor before leaving on your trip to learn some poses that may benefit you and your workout routine.