It's been a month since I last posted. Since then, I have been either: (1) sleep deprived from work, or (2) traveling to urban jungles and beaches. Admittedly, I have nothing much to share about #1 except that my one tip for anyone who has only 6 hours of free time in your day is to prioritize sleep...nothing else but good ol sleep! However, I have more insights to share on #2…During my holiday I visited Shanghai and Bali, so here are my tips for maintaining your yoga practice whilst traveling (assuming you're not going on a yoga retreat for your break!)…
1. Find a yoga or fitness studio not too far from your accommodation
I always try to research yoga or gym studios at my holiday destinations before I depart. Indeed, unless you are a very disciplined person and can do your full workout at a hotel gym, I prefer to look for yoga/fitness studios while I travel. It also gives me a sense of how other teachers lead their classes and you can always learn from the unknown whilst getting a good workout from your holiday.
I have been very fortunate to have visited yoga/fitness studios during my travels including LA, NYC, Costa Rica, Canada, and throughout Asia etc... ask me if you need recommendations!
2. Pack at least two-three sets of gym outfits
Of course this depends on how long you are traveling for, but you can always hand wash your gym clothes after your session. Also having them in your luggage will remind you that you should go! And you can always wear your trainers on the plane so they don't take up space in your suitcase :)
3. Go green and eat clean
Maybe this shows my age, but holidays for me are not just for drinking alcohol and over-indulging in food! I always search online for good veggie restaurants beforehand and aim to eat local, fresh produce. The best way to experience a country is to try their local cuisine... some definitely are unhealthy and yummy... just don't overdo it and know that it's best to do it in moderation! Plus, given the beauty of the earth, from the mountains to the sea... we need to protect it and support veganism to save our planet!
4. Sleep early and enjoy day time
Again, showing my age, but holidays for me means exploring new places which is mostly done during the day... if I do not recharge my body well, I will not be as energized and awake to explore the small streets or enjoy my dives in the sea. Sleeping early is just great for your body to rest and restore!
5. Be present
When we are in our usual work routine, we tend to think more about the future or the past and never stop too long to think about our present moment. Use the opportunity while you travel to be with yourself in the present... whether you are riding a bike, having a cup of coffee or traveling on the road... be fully present and appreciate the moment. Don't forget to be grateful that you are fortunate enough to hop on a plane and explore a new destination!
See you all in class :)
Love, Cam xo