A travel opportunity is often considered a life-changing experience, but it can equally be stressful both physically and mentally. Time zone changes and sleeping in new places might take a toll on our sleep and energy. Beyond that, travel interferes with our healthy habits as well. You have to be on your toes all the time and forced to find calm amidst the chaos.
Travelling pushes and challenges each individual to come out of their comfort zones thus, creating a pool of never-ending opportunities to grow and look for the strength. That’s how yoga comes in the picture.
As gym and workout are getting their share of appreciation for maintaining fitness, yoga is still considered the best way to build strength, awareness and harmony in both mind and body. It teaches how to breathe in the chaos and provides a space for calm reflection in the noise. Many celebrities came forward and explained how this powerful exercise technique helped them in maintaining not only fitness but peace from within.
However, it’s easy to integrate the science of yoga with soulful travelling for a transformative experience. While travelling, practising various yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation help in staying connected to the core development and finding the strength.
There are more than 100 different types of yoga practised in several schools where the majority of the yoga sessions include breathing exercises, meditation and asanas or poses that stretch and flex various muscle groups.
Yoga is one way to stay healthy because it is based on similar principles. While travelling it is the easiest exercise to do in your hotel room or by the pool at the hotels. All you need to do is sit still and gain insight for your body and mind.
Dr Nevins on this amazing way of staying fit explained, “The relaxation techniques incorporated in yoga can lessen the chronic pain, such as lower back pain, arthritis, headaches and carpal tunnel syndrome.”
Here are the benefits of yoga while travelling:
Practising yoga transfers one’s focus and attention to their body and breath which helps in tempering anxiety and refreshes the mind.
Travelling often leads to insomnia and yoga treats insomnia naturally and easily. In a study, it was found that yoga not only improves the quality of sleep but also quantity.
Yoga helps in reducing overall stress level by lowering down the cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
Yoga poses stimulate the blood flow through the body especially those who stretch the spine. It helps in combating the fatigue and boosts vitality. It also reduces the effects of long periods of sitting.
Shedding those extra pounds
Yoga is helpful in burning calories and reduces cortisol levels. It is the easiest way of losing weight and a great method of maintaining metabolism.
Reduces chronic back pain
Several yoga postures strengthen the back and abdominal muscles. It helps the body to maintain proper straight posture and movement. When back and abdominal muscles are properly conditioned, back pain issues can be avoided or reduced.
Besides the above benefits, yoga helps in increasing flexibility, muscle strength and tones your body. It reduces blood pressure and improves mental sharpness. It protects from injury and improves athletic performance.
The power and zeal to connect with the future travelling yogi goals are within each of us. It is totally up to us to find the time as well as space for it. Once you find it, you won’t regret it.
Malini Saba is the founder, Saba Industries & Saba Family Foundations