Traveling Light

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Christmas time is nearly here and for many of us that means some sort of journey is about to take place.

Traveling in general, is often a stressful experience.

Add a heaping dose of family, presents, home away prep and all the other people trying to get out of town and whoa…cue the anxiety.

                        We know traveling takes a toll on us,                                                                        so let's be good to ourself this year. 

Whether driving or flying to your holiday destination, these practical travel tips are designed to help bring balance and ease to your mind + body, allowing you to travel lightly within your entire being on whatever journey you take.

Travel in wellness and shine bright from the inside out!


|| Before you leave ||

 

Mind: Mantra, mantra, mantra! If there's ever a time to start practicing some positive self talk, it's when you uproot from a place or situation in life. Creating a short, memorable script to use in times of stress is a powerful way to channel an anxious mind. Choose happiness and ease today. 

Here is a mantra I like to use while traveling:

I am grounded and calm. I have everything I need, right here with me. I am safe, I am present, I am at ease. (Repeat internally, all day long)

Body: Move your body before you leave, even if it's just a little bit. If your ETD is crazy early then try a few jumping jacks, bust out a few dance moves and voila, that's all you need! If you have a bit more time try a few rounds of yoga's famed Sun Salutations to get your blood moving.


|| During the Journey ||

 

Mind: Drink more water. When we are dehydrated our mental state becomes heavy, dull and totally bleh (for lack of a more refined scientific terms). Skip the booze, soda, energy drink or that third round of Starbucks and opt for H2O instead. 

Body: If your body is talking to you in the middle of the journey, it's time to give it a little attention. Try these easy yoga poses to relieve travel induced aches and pains.

<< Standing Pigeon Pose >>

 Find a chair or bench back and stand facing it. Cross your right ankle over your left thigh, and flex your right foot to activate your leg muscles and protect the knee. Sink your hips down into a squat, and extend your arms in front of you, holding on to the chair back for balance. Hold this hip-opening pose for five breaths before rising back up and repeating on the opposite leg.

<< Standing Forward Fold >>

 Stand with your feet hips width apart (2 fists distance). Soften your knees and let your upper body fold forward. Let your head and arms dangle towards the earth. Take 10 deep breaths and work to relax your body from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. Roll up slowly on an inhale and stand tall on the exhale, to avoid dizziness.


|| When you arrive ||

Nadi Shodhana | Alternate Nostril Breathing 

Nadi Shodhana | Alternate Nostril Breathing 

Mind: Nadi Shodhana, also known as alternate nostril breathing, is a yogic technique used to bring balance to the right and left-yin and yang-energies of our being. A great practice to do before your hit the hay at night. Simply sit or lie down somewhere comfortable. Take your right thumb and hold your right nostril closed. Inhale, through the left nostril. Release your thumb and close the left nostril with your pointer finger. Exhale, out the right side. Now, inhale right, exhale left. Repeat for 10 cycles of breath.

Leg up the wall

Body: A nourishing, grounding and calming pose, Viparita Karani, or legs up the wall pose, is a great way to end a long day of travel. Simply find a wall, scoot your hips to the baseboard and gently lift your legs up, creating an "L" shape with the floor. If you need extra support for your low back, place a sturdy pillow underneath your hips. Now, take a deep breath and relax. Surrender to the earth beneath you, feel your heartbeat easy in your chest, release the days events and smile. You made it!

Happy Holidays!