“Travel Light, Live Light, Spread the Light, Be the Light.” ~ Yogi Bhajan
Both travel and yoga have a similar effect - both reinvigorate the soul and lets you relax. But, when it comes to traveling, often at times it is seen that yoga aspirants and yoga practitioners have to face the burden of traveling with heavy loads. That is because they have to travel with props and yoga products that are not suited for travel. However, a little research can make travel a lot easier with the right selection of yoga props and tools. So, here are a few recommendations on how to choose the right prop for your yoga exercise to make your travel light, easy and convenient.
Travel-Friendly Yoga Bag
It is always a good idea to keep all your yoga props in one place while you travel. Therefore, opt for a yoga travel bag where you can all gather all your yoga accessories like straps, mat, blocks, towels, etc. Ensure that the mat is held vertically in the bag like the one from Feeker so that you are able to easily slide the bag into the overhead compartment of an airplane or even under the seat of a bus.
Lightweight and Sturdy Yoga Mat
Among all the yoga props, a yoga mat is probably the most essential for yoga practitioners. Unlike, the regular yoga mats, a travel yoga mat is much lighter, thinner and takes up less amount of space. Ensure that the thickness of the mat is not more than 1.5mm to 2mm and it should be foldable. Also, make sure that the mat comes with moisture resistance and a high grip along with anti-microbial properties. After all, you will be sweating and using the mat at various places which is why it is important to consider these qualities.
Yoga Wheel – lightweight and protective
You’re probably wondering, why the heck is a yoga wheel an excellent travel companion. Everyone who is traveling on a regular basis knows how the back feels after a long flight or car drive. The spine is extremely compressed and misaligned in a car chair or airplane seat. Having a yoga wheel in your luggage is not only as a stress reliever in general, but it also decompresses the spine and the nerves. It increases the blood flow and removes toxins and accretion from the spinal area. In addition, if you have something breakable in your bag or something that you don’t want to be all wrinkled if it comes out of your bag, you will love the sturdy frame to put a lot of things in there. The wheel also only weighs 3.5 pounds, so you have more than 25 lbs left for the rest!
Inflatable Cushion for Meditation
Travel takes you to different places and not all inspire meditation especially when it comes to dirty hostel floors, carpets in the hotel, etc. If a yoga mat is not your thing for a peaceful and relaxing meditation then, go for an inflatable meditation cushion. It is lightweight, provides comfortable seating and also helps in maintaining the right posture. So, bring mindfulness to your meditation practice and travel without a worry.
As far as yoga straps are concerned, they do not take up much space and can be carried anywhere without a hassle. However, if you travel a lot, the best idea is to go for a nylon yoga strap as it is hardy and doesn’t tear easily. Also, look for qualities like adjustable length, anti-slip buckle, so that wherever you go, your yoga practice remains with you.
Well, you must be wondering what the use of a yoga towel is since you are not hitting the gym. Yoga can make you sweat a lot especially some of the more contemporary forms that have come up recently. There are plenty of lightweight, absorbent yoga towels in the market and choosing one for travel might become a bit tricky. So, go for a towel that is thin yet durable and soft. The yoga towel from Gaiam is quite popular among travelers as it can be folded to a small square and takes little space. The microfiber in the towel also helps in quick absorption of sweat.
Hygiene should be of utmost importance when you travel. Soaps that are provided in hotels may contain harmful chemicals that may do more bad than good. As a yogi, you should always be mindful of what you are using. Opt for natural toiletries that are free from sulfates, parabens, phthalates, etc. and only contain natural ingredients. You will also find that these toiletries are provided in small, easy-to-use pouches that make it extremely easy to carry anywhere you go.
Though, plenty of people believe that yoga doesn’t require any props but, the truth is, all these props complement the practice of yoga. People also tend to give up on their yoga practice while traveling simply because they didn’t bring their props from home. Think no more, travel with these easy to pack props and enlighten yourself in the ancient science of yoga.
Author Bio: Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Ayurvedic Treatment In Kerala. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.