You're going 'on tour' and you want to carry on your regular yoga practice. May be 'on tour' is an overly glamorous way of describing being 'in a crappy hotel for work' or 'travelling with work' or 'incredibly busy right now'! but the same principles apply....! Read Yoga Quota's three simple tips to make your yoga practice actually happen on tour.....
Thanks to my popular yoga in a hotel room blog, a couple of students approached me with a plea for more tips! One has just got promoted (congrats Tilly!) and her job is taking her away, a lot! Another (Emma whom you've met) is going for a 2 week conference (is that right? could it really be 2 weeks? that's what I remember anyway.)
So here are my 3 top tips....
Make it as easy as possiible
If you wake at 6am to do yoga, but realise that your kit is in the bottom of a bag, the mat is in the boot of your car still and you have no idea what routine you're going to do.... you're going to hit 'snooze'. Fact.
So lay out your mat the night before, or in the morning when you leave the room if you plan to do it in the evening. Wear your gym kit to bed (believe me it works!) or have it folded on the mat ready for you(!) and if possible have your laptop ready and waiting with a routine favourited on it....which brings us to....
The internet is your friend!
So yes there is a bamboozling quantity of yoga online... but no problem I did a guide on online yoga resources in my blog! Called online yoga resources, imaginatively. You'll find a teacher you like, I promise, maybe I'll get round to posting my routines like I wanted to so you can get Yoga Quota virtually too!
The blog basically recommends Gaiam TV pretty much. And Andrea Marcum. There are other teachers available and other online resources which are also on the blog. But if you want a one-blog-answer. Andrea and Gaiam.
My tip would be to bookmark the link to the routine. Have your laptop set up ready to go on the end of your mat.
If all that seems a little high tech....don't ever knock a simple self-devised routine... Five sun salutations, followed by all the postures you can remember once on the left once on the right. This will make for quite a workout. Remember to hold the postures though, and wierdly if you're on your own it's harder to maintain the pranayama, so pay particular attention to your breath.
Lower your expectations
Not to sound lazy or negative but start dreaming smaller. I'm definitely guilty of unrealistic expectations..... I say to myself
"when I'm away at this [conference/project/holiday] it is my chance to do [a full 1.5 hour ashtanga class every day/learn to handstand/become disciplined yogi goddess I'm born to be] I know I'm also running a project and doing a full time job that is [new/hard/impossible] but I will definitely find the energy to be disciplined and perfect, starting tomorrow."
Argh no! Stop! As soon as you slip, just in the slightest, you don't want to start at all and you get all guilty (please comment if this is not just me!)
Better is to go a little easier on yourself. And to "enjoy the journey". So maybe your journey is just little baby steps. Maybe Monday night all you manage is a few exhausted breaths of pranayama before you crash. Maybe Tuesday you only get through the Sun salutation bit before you give up. But little and often is better than guilt filled nothing!
For example, now on my Sundays (my only non-yoga teaching day) I go with the flow. Some days, I have the energy to work on those inversions that you have to keep ticking over. Sometimes, I do a lovely beginner class with @moaningmundy. Both times, I'm happy to have done anything at all.
Even Om Magazine suggests this... in March's issue (the one I'm in too don't you know! you've probably heard, on this blog!). There was a lady also featured who was a roadie/techie for a rock band (so cool) who said just this.
Emma, Tilly hope this helps with your business trips or 'tours!' and if any one else has tips that have worked for them... please let me know on the comments below...together we'll make the most amazing guide of doing yoga on tour!