When people travel, exercise is usually the first thing that goes out the window.
Sometimes this is on purpose (we won’t tell anyone), but more often than not, it’s because people might not be familiar with the facilities.
While most hotels have gyms, and runners have, well, the road, those who practice yoga can sometimes feel at a loss.
This can be no fun. Especially because it’s really important to be consistent with your yoga practice. That means getting at least 10 minutes or so in a few times a week to stay fresh and limber.
If you love yoga, here’s the great news, you can still get your exercises going in your hotel room. In this post, we’re going to give you a beginner’s guide to yoga exercises for the hotel room.
So start stretching and read on!
Prepare Your Space
Even in the smallest of hotel rooms you’ve got enough space to practice yoga. After all, all you need is enough room for the length of your body.
So, before you get started, clear out an area for yourself.
Prepare Your Body
Remember, even though many consider yoga to be gentle, it still gives your body a workout. That means you don’t want to begin any sort of workout cold. Spend a few minutes before you get into your yoga poses warming up those muscles and getting limber. This can include just simple stretching.
Once you’ve got your space cleared and you’re warmed up, it’s time to get started!
These are five yoga exercises that you can do from anywhere.
1. Half Dog Pose
The half dog pose helps to open up your chest and back. For many, it’s the perfect pose to do after a long day of sitting on a bus, train, or plane while traveling.
Place your hands on a wall or desk and walk backward while bending from the hips, so your torso is at a 90-degree angle to the floor.
2. Chair Pose
This is another great pose to start getting the blood circulating around your legs and lower body after spending much of the day seated.
With the chair pose, you want to keep your feet together and slowly lower yourself down as if you were sitting in an imaginary chair. You can use a real desk chair to help you with the posture.
3. Tree Pose
Having a strong core is a big component of physical health. And after spending your day wandering around a new city, you could want to stretch and strengthen your legs and core.
To do the tree pose keep one foot on the floor and bring your other foot up your leg until it rests against the thigh or calf of your stationary leg. Hold and the switch.
4. Eagle Arms Pose
By the time most people arrive at the hotel, they have been hauling around luggage for much of the day. So sore arms and shoulders aren’t uncommon.
Help stretch out your upper back and arms with this pose. Sit on the ground cross-legged with your back straight. Then use your left arm to gently pull and stretch your right. Hold and reverse.
5. Upward Facing Dog
Here’s another pose that helps stretch out your core and strengthen your back, arms, and shoulders after a long trip to your final destination.
Lay belly down on the floor with your palms underneath your shoulders flat on the ground. Slowly, push your arms upwards while keeping your pelvis and hips close to the ground.
These yoga exercises can help get you started. Remember, just because you’re away from home doesn’t mean you can’t get a workout in while on the road!