Five Yoga Postures to Boost Your Energy While Travelling - Breathe Travel

As much as we love travelling, being constantly on the road can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.

Although travel is mostly all fun and games, there are so many things that could drain your energy while you wander. Perhaps you haven't slept because of overnight travel or due to jet lag. Maybe it's the changing of different climates  or an intense 8-hour hike. Or even, if you're really lucky, maybe it's thanks to last night’s beach party which turned out to be too awesome to head home early. 😉

Overall, these experiences are precisely what make our travels and we wouldn't trade them for anything. So whenever you're feeling a little low and missing just that extra bit of energy, but you really want to recharge so you can go and experience another awesome day, try practicing yoga.

With the right positions, or asanas, your physical and emotional batteries can get an energetic kick while providing you with a beautiful little bit of relaxation. Even if you can't get away to a yoga retreat, you'll still get amazing benefits from doing a little gentle yoga on your own.

Here are five yoga postures that may help to boost your energy levels while travelling

1. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose)

A really strong pose to start with, helping you get grounded and centered while opening up the body and mind. Stretch your arms and hands out and feel the energy reaching from the big toe up into your little finger. Warrior II pose supports your focus, helps you build confidence and wakes you up. Do this one first up and everything else will be easy.

How to get into this position

Spread your legs and turn the right foot to 90 degrees. Inhale as you stretch your arms to the side while keeping your shoulders relaxed. Then bend your right knee as you exhale into Virabhadrasana II. Turn your face to the right and gaze towards your right palm. Stay in the pose for a few breaths, then inhale as you extend your right knee again before changing sides.

Five Yoga Postures to Boost Your Energy When Travelling - Breathe Travel

Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II Pose)

2. Utkatasana (Fierce Pose)

Utkatasana – also known as Thunderbolt Pose - strengthens the legs, shoulders and arms. It opens up your chest to let the breath flow freely. Like a thunderbolt, your energy will shoot up to the next level – the sky is the limit and the experience is all yours.

How to get into this position

Start in mountain pose (Tadasana) and bend your knees as you exhale. The tailbone points towards the ground, to keep some space in your lower back. Inhale and lift your arms up towards the sky while gazing at your thumbs to complete the thunderbolt shape.

Five Yoga Postures to Boost Your Energy When Travelling - Breathe Travel

Utkatasana (Fierce Pose)

3. Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

Root down through your standing leg while stretching and lifting up your upper body, arms, hands and fingers like the branches of a tree. Tree pose helps cultivate balance and poise in a world of shaky emotions and energetic lows. Use vrksasana to find your inner strength and tread your path with grace.

How to get into this position

Stand in mountain pose (Tadasana) and lift your right knee with an inhalation, while rooting the left leg down firmly into the ground. Exhale and turn the right knee to the side, then place your foot either below or on top of the left knee. Inhale as you lift the arms up for the full tree pose. Stay for a couple of breaths, then slowly release and change sides.

Five Yoga Postures to Boost Your Energy When Travelling - Breathe Travel

Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

4. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

Bow Pose is a chest and shoulder opener which helps on those days when you're feeling sluggish and lethargic. It creates space all over the front side of your body to give your lungs the full breathing experience by reinforcing a sense of expansion. Bend your bow and breathe it through...because backbends stimulate the body and elevate the mood, too.

How to get into this position

Start by lying flat on your belly. As you bend your knees, grab your ankles with your hands. Flex your feet and find length in your spine as you exhale, then start lifting up your feet and upper body with the inhalation. Keep your core active while kicking the feet up towards the sky. Stay in the pose for a few breaths, then slowly release with an exhalation. Relax.

Five Yoga Postures to Boost Your Energy When Travelling - Breathe Travel

Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)

5. Sirsasana (Headstand)

Bring the king of asanas onto your mat and it will alter your view on life, literally, as it makes you see the world from an upside down perspective! On a metaphorical level, the invigorating yoga headstand can be great for shifting your energy or mood – with the nice side effects of boosting your circulation which benefits your digestive, respiratory and eliminatory systems all in one. Heads up – and head down!

How to get into this position

Start in a table top position and bring your forearms onto the ground, with the elbows right below the shoulders. Interlace your fingers and form a little cup with your hands. Now lift your knees off the ground with an inhalation and start walking your feet towards your elbows until your occiput is nicely placed into the cup formed by your hands, with the crown of your head pointing towards the ground.

Now press your forearms firmly into the floor and if your core has gained enough strength, it may be possible to lift your feet slowly off the ground for Sirsasana. Please only attempt this position if you're comfortable and truly feel the strength within your core to lift you up.

Five Yoga Postures to Boost Your Energy When Travelling - Breathe Travel

Sirsasana (Headstand)

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There's Space for Yoga wherever you are in your practice and on your journey. Enjoy the path, keep up your spirits high and let the energy flow freely.

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Do you have any of your own tips for boosting energy while travelling? Or any questions on yoga and travel? Let me know in the comments below.

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