One of the best parts about developing a personal yoga practice is that you can take it with you wherever you go. Whether by plane, train or automobile, yoga is accessible to anyone, anywhere, at just about any time (within reason, of course!).
If you're a regular jet-setter, you're probably all too familiar with the stiffness, compression in the spine, dehydration, lack of circulation and lethargy that accompanies those long hours of attempting to sit still on a flight. Don't get me wrong, traveling is fun, but it sure can take a toll on the body! Which is why it's so important (not to mention convenient) to bring your yoga practice with you while you're on the road.
Simple stretches go a long way when it comes to staying healthy and fit. Just ask yoga rebel Tara Stiles, founder and owner of Strala Yoga — the high-energy movement system that ignites freedom. Stiles recently partnered with W Hotels Worldwide to launch its first-ever fitness program, FIT with Tara Stiles. In this new program, Stiles makes it easier than ever to stay in shape while you travel by teaching you how to "strike a pose anywhere without sacrificing your style."
Whatever the problem (e.g., lack of energy, jet-lag, one too many cocktails), there's a pose to fix it. Tara recommends dancer pose for an instant surge of vitality, a seated twist for a jolt of energy, pigeon pose to open tight hips and soothe the back after a long plane ride and side stretches to get you relaxed and ready for a night out on the town.
Through focused, intentional movement and breath, yoga helps increase your oxygen intake, calm your mind, decrease muscle tension and soothe the nervous system — all of which is extra beneficial while traveling. Yoga also helps to increase circulation, lessening the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can develop when sitting for long periods of time.
So no more excuses, all you wanderlusters! Make the extra effort and take your tree pose with you while you travel this summer. Remember, all you need is a couple of minutes and a few poses to reap the benefits of yoga.
Check out W Hotels' FIT with Tara Stiles YouTube video below for on-the-go yoga poses.
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