Travel can be exhausting for the body and spirit and, at times, stressful. It’s important to maintain a sense of groundedness and balance so that we keep our spirits and energy elevated.
Yoga is one of the simplest and easiest way to do this. And it’s not so difficult to keep up yoga when you travel – online yoga classes is how I now do it, even when I am at home.
It works best for my nomadic lifestyle. But, if you love yoga classes, I’ll show you how you can also find these when you travel.
Yoga calms body, mind and spirit and can also give you a much-needed workout combined with a stretching and easing out of the tension.
Yoga is now my go-to form of exercise, which I developed a passion for while on our road trip around Australia.
It’s not easy to form habits when you travel, but here are some easy ways to keep a yoga practice when you travel and retain a little of your sanity.
Easy Yoga Travel Tips to maintain your yoga practice
1. Roll out a mat and do your own
You might have enough self-motivation to roll out your mat and practice your yoga sequences. (For me, I like to have a teacher lead me through it.)
I’m sure your travels will lead you to the most exquisite places to practice a few yoga poses: beaches, cliff tops, canyons, and ancient forests. Your inner yogi loves nothing more than postures in pretty places.
Here’s an easy 7-minute morning yoga routine you might want to follow if you struggle to put some kind of routine together or find the time. Even 7 minutes is enough to make a difference.
If you’re road tripping, you’ll have plenty of room to carry a yoga mat. I have one like this which has extra padding and stickiness. It will last longer and is better for more challenging poses.
But, if you have no room in your travel backpack, a towel or a piece of beach or grass will work.
While there, spend some time in meditation! It’s also a form of yoga, can be done anywhere and will help calm and focus your mind.
2. Find classes in the area you are in
My friend, Em, who we traveled the Top End of Australia with, discovered the Iyengar yoga classes at the Buddha Sanctuary in Broome. It became my 6am 90-minute daily habit. We stayed in Broome for 5 weeks so this was where I really fell in love with yoga and became quite addicted to it.
Classes here were $15 each or you could buy 10 classes for $100. I grabbed that bargain and took my daily mummy time out. It was bliss.
And my teacher was an old work colleague when we worked on the pearl farm 10 years ago. She used to run yoga classes for the few of us girls working at that farm! How cool is that?
And don’t forget cool yoga experiences like goat yoga!
How to find yoga classes on your travels
Local community notices
I saw a sign poked into the grass at Yallingup in Margaret River advertising for yoga on the beach. It was just a five step shuffle from my campsite. You can’t beat those yoga views right?
I’d also check out notice boards in shopping centres and visitor centres as well.
Ask the locals
The locals told me about yoga classes in Exmouth that I visited – again one was at the yacht club with views over the ocean! Just stop people on the street, or ask those working in stores etc. We always discover many gems by asking the locals questions.
Search Google and Yogatrail
I’d often just use Google to find yoga classes in the area I was visiting. But, I found that was often a futile task as Google can return junk, AND many yogi’s don’t have websites for their classes.
If you’re a yoga teacher you need to have a website advertising your services!!!
But within my Google search, I one day found Yogatrail, which is an awesome search directory of yoga classes for areas near you around the world.
Through it I discovered rooftop yoga in Perth. That was a fantastic 6am vibrant start to the morning, along with many other keen yogis.
Through Yogatrail, I also discovered that Lululemon stores hold free yoga classes once a week! Not all of them so check on their site if they do in the area you are visiting. I thought that was awesome and I attended one class on a Friday in Perth.
3. Stay at accommodation that offers yoga classes
Yoga classes are something I keep my eye out for now when booking accommodation.
Our Big 4 Beacon campground on the Bellarine Peninsula in Victoria had yoga classes every Saturday morning. I loved that! Kalyra and I followed the yoga teacher into town one morning do a yoga class together.
The Karijini Eco-retreat in the Karijini National Park had morning yoga classes for $20. It was a gentle start to the day with gorgeous views out over the red dust wilderness.
We recently stayed at Jacob’s Creek cottage and enjoyed a morning yoga class.
I’m noticing it appearing more often now as a feature of an accommodation stay. The SoMeT conference we attended last month also offered morning yoga classes!
4. Enjoy a yoga retreat
What better way to practice yoga on your travels then to go on a yoga retreat. I bet you’re already planning it if you’re visiting Bali or India. I did a lovely yoga retreat a couple of years ago at the Billabong Retreat just outside of Sydney.
It’s actually on my list to escape on more of these on my own. Imagine that luxury as a mum! Byron Bay or Bali is first on the list!
5. Online yoga classes – grab a membership
I discovered online yoga classes when we were on our Australian road trip. The online yoga classes did help me keep up my yoga practice, but as you stream classes it was dependent on internet connection. (This post will explain why that was a problem.) In some places, it didn’t work so well.
I started using YogaGlo, but have now switched to Grokker. I much prefer Grokker and not just because it’s cheaper! It offers a lot more variety in the way of health, wellness and fitness than Yogaglo. Although I feel Yogaglo possibly had more advanced online yoga classes. Grokker is more beginner to intermediate.
Grokker has similar expert-led instructional videos, but in four wellness areas: yoga, meditation, fitness & exercise and cooking. I’m not just interested in doing yoga, so the other exercise videos are useful to me. PLUS I’m always on the hunt for healthy recipes and there are plenty of them within the membership site with instructional videos as well.
I love how Grokker has challenges you can sign up for. I have signed up for the intermediate yoga challenge, the pilates challenge, and the core workout challenge. I select the videos I’d like to do and they slot it into a schedule for me, which is quite motivating for me to show up. You calso collect wellness points which can be motivating to see how well you are doing with your exercise.
You can try it for free for 14 days, after which it’s $14.99 a month or you can sign up to a yearly plan which reduces it to $9.99 a month whereas Yogaglo costs $18 a month. With that, I get unlimited classes. Plus, what I love about it, is that you can search for any kind of class you like of any duration.
It’s a no brainer for me. Considering one yoga class would cost me around $15 on the road, I’d only have to use it once a month to get my value.
So far, it’s the best I’ve seen online.
There’s no way I’d maintain a yoga practice without my online yoga classes.
As a working mum, it’s so hard to find an hour in your day to get to a class.
But, I can find pockets in my day where I have a spare 30- 60 minutes. I don’t have to worry about leaving the house. I quickly search for a class of that length and in the style I like.
I recently spent a week traveling for a conference. I had barely any spare time, but thanks to my online yoga classes, I could squeeze in a 20 minute yoga class each day. I felt so great because of it.
You could also search YouTube for lots of free online yoga classes. Although I find that time-consuming to find one you like and trust. I prefer to save time and have the online yoga membership.
Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube is brilliant for the kids. My girls do it all the time, especially when we travelled. Why not get them maintaining their own yoga practice on their travels?
If you know of any other great online membership sites like this please share in the comments below. This is the only one I’ve ever used.
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Do you have any tips to share for maintaining a yoga practice on your travels? Where’s the best place you’ve done yoga before?