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No tension allowed on this trip.

Return home feeling refreshed; not like you need a vacation from your vacation. Practice holding each pose for one minute.

1. Forward Fold

Allow your upper body to hang loosely over your legs in a forward fold. Listen to your body and move organically in this posture. Try bending bend both knees, then alternate as you straighten one at a time. Sway gently from side to side. Let gravity do the work here.

2. High Plank

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Plank pose is one of my favorite exercises for strengthening and toning from head to toe. Better yet, it requires absolutely no equipment. Therefore, no excuses.

3. Downward Facing Dog

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Downward facing dog is an active resting pose and a great way to “reset” yourself.  In this inversion, allow your head to hang below your heart. Doing so will increase your blood blow and energy. Let gravity pull your heels towards the ground and your hamstrings to open.

4. Chaturanga (Low Plank)

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What doesn’t challenge you, doesn’t change you.

Yes, Chaturanga is hard. Yes, it is worth it. This pose is perfect for building the upper body strength that you need to make the most of your vacation. And hey, your luggage will seem lighter!

5. Upward Facing Dog

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Up dog is such an important pose to do when you travel. Shine your heart forward; open your chest. This posture counteracts the forward “C” shape that we are all guilty of making, especially when seated for a long time.

6. Child’s Pose

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I actually find myself craving the need to stretch back into child’s pose after sitting or standing for awhile.  It offers restorative benefits for your mind, body, and soul. Child’s pose is also a delicious way to stretch your hips, thighs, ankles, and back.

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