Summer is here and the heat it is on. Whether you’re traveling to an exotic destination or taking a weekend getaway, the extra light in the sky allows us to do more and have fun. That said, it can be hard to stay dedicated to your practice, and sometimes it’s even helpful to tone it down or shift it around during the summer months. Here are a few ways to keep your practice inspired and your summer sizzling – even when you’re on the road.
If you’re taking a long flight, you can do plenty of stretching in the back of the plane. In general, international flights are more flexible – I’ve even struck up some interesting conversations and recruited a few other passengers to stretch with me! You can try ankle knee pose, a forward fold, or puppy dog against a stable surface (not the emergency exit:) ). If you’re not allowed to stretch in the back of the plane, try to get up every few hours to walk around and stretch from your seat. It’s amazing how much better you’ll feel when you arrive!
When I get to my hotel, the first thing I do is put my legs up the wall for 5 minutes to help alleviate the swelling in my feet – flying makes me feel like a puffer fish! My hips also get really tight, so I’ll also do ankle knee pose with my legs up the wall. It’s a great way to get the circulation moving in your hips so you can hit the streets and check out the local scene.
Keeping up with your practice while you’re out of town is simple with online classes from myyogaworks.com. You can also find a local yoga class and see how it’s done in other cities. We all have our favorite style of yoga and teachers, but it’s nice to spice it up with something different once in a while. Last summer while I was in Ibiza, Spain, I took yoga on the beach. It was mostly stretching and very different from the rigorous vinyasa that I practice, but it was refreshing to tone it down, smell the ocean air, feel the sun on my skin, the breeze blowing through my hair, and to luxuriate in the simplicity.
Yoga reminds us to be flexible in our bodies and more importantly our minds so we can adjust to the challenges we face. Traveling can be full of obstacles, so take some time to practice so that you can feel centered, balanced, and in gratitude. Where we stand on the earth is always in flux, but how we stand is a choice. Take a deep breath and as you exhale into your summer fun and travels remember, “wherever you go, there you are.”
Enjoy and celebrate your light!
Mia Togo grew up in the small town of Murrieta, Ca. She was an avid equestrian and dancer, both of which helped pave the way to her love and devotion of yoga. It was in the practice of Vinyasa yoga that she began to feel her body as a temple for healing rather than struggle. She studied with many teachers, finding wisdom from different styles and philosophies. With much respect for all forms of yoga, her passion is Vinyasa. She has been a Yogaworks certified teacher and teacher trainer since 2004. She is also a mentor for the 300-hour program at Yogaworks. Mia teaches with an emphasis on detailed alignment so there is an intelligence and a purpose to her sequencing.
You can practice yoga with Mia Togo at YogaWorks or online with her online yoga classes with MyYogaWorks.