Trying to find a form of exercise you can do while traveling can be tiresome. You need something that has little to no equipment. You need something that can be done in a small space, like a hotel room. You also need an exercise that is still worth doing for your body and can be done with no gym. This really narrows the playing field for many people. If you are still on your search, consider Hatha yoga and the poses you can do while traveling that will still give you a full body workout.
The mountain pose can help stretch out your legs and your back muscles. It also helps you open your chest muscles and help open your lungs. The reason the mountain pose is used while traveling is because it can be the most beneficial to people who take long flights and may find stress or aches and pains from that. It also helps to stretch out the body if you are in a confined space for too long, like a long flight. The pose is done by doing a lunge position. Your front foot should be flat, the back foot should be on the ball of your foot, and your body arches back slightly to open the chest area.
Side Angle Revolve
The next pose you can do is easy to move into from the mountain pose. Keeping your legs the same as they are, in the lunge pose from mountain pose, straighten your back and then begin to revolve to the left or right. You will end up with your hands in the prayer pose in front of the middle of your chest and your chest revolved and facing out to the left or the right. This can help remove tension in your lower back and help to move the spine slightly to promote energy.
From the single angle revolve, move into warrior pose. This pose is fairly easy. Your feet will slightly change because you will stay in the lunge position, but your will go flat on both feet. Extend your arms out with one in front of you straight and the other behind you straight, palms facing down. You can extend the lunge to help flex your leg muscles.
The fourth pose in your Hatha yoga for travel routine is the pumping warrior pose. You do this pose by shifting out of the warrior pose so you move from a lunge to a position where both feet are facing outward a shoulder width apart. Your body moves forward. This looks similar to a frozen jumping jack pose. Raise your hands in the prayer position above your head and stretch.
The final pose is the forward fold. Move your legs slowly together with your arms still above your head in the prayer pose. Slowly take in a deep breath and release it just as slowly as you fold forward to your feet. If you are flexible enough, your face should be even with your knees and your fingers should be touching your toes.
These are only a few of the most common poses that Hatha yoga has to offer for travellers. You can research different poses as you see the need or if you want to increase the intensity of your yoga routine while you are traveling. You can also meet with a Hatha yoga instructor prior to leaving on your trip to learn some of the poses that may benefit you and your workout routine.