As someone who spends a lot of time cramped in airplanes, taxis, trains, and tuk-tuks (welcome to Thailand!), I rely on yoga to stretch out tight muscles, reset my alignment, and get my blood flowing.
I’ve practiced in airports, on airplanes, in hotel rooms, Airbnbs, parks, even while waiting in line for the MTR in Hong Kong (a much-needed yogi squat, if you’re wondering). You work with what you’ve got, right?!
I would love to get a full practice in every day, but there are times when I only have a very brief window of downtime and desperately need to open up my hips, hamstrings, perma-tight hip flexors, etc.
So, here are my go-to yoga poses that I always squeeze in when I’m traveling.
The best part is, you can do these 8 poses anywhere. You might get some stares, but stay in your zen zone – it’s totally worth it!
Since I’m not a yoga instructor, I’ve linked detailed descriptions of the poses from YogaJournal.com below.
Standing Forward Bend (aka Uttanasana)
Downward-Facing Dog (aka Adho Mukha Shvanasana)
Triangle Pose (aka Utthita Trikonasana)
Yogi Squat (aka Mālāsana)
Pigeon Pose (aka Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)
Legs Up The Wall/or Whatever Vertical Surface You Can Find (aka Viparita Karani)
Reclined Bound Angle Pose (aka Supta Baddha Konasana)
I’d love to hear about your go-to yoga poses or workouts when you’re traveling. Leave a note in the comments!
Disclaimer: I’m not a yoga instructor. You should only practice after consulting a medical professional.
photos by Faith See