Travel with Yogamint

Surprisingly, “why” can still be found in the same sentence as “travel”. Yogamint keeps it simple, motivating and, once on that short or long-haul flight, healthy… Both articles (as well as many more on Yogamint) are perfect for our summer holiday prep and in-flight activities.

Passport to Growth

Expand Your Horizons

Traveling offers a chance to explore the world outside of the ordinary boundaries of your daily life. It takes you out of the familiarity of your home and work environments so that you can see the world through fresh eyes. In fact, trying anything new stimulates your brain and helps you to learn ways of behaving outside the “well-worn paths” of your daily routine. When you travel, you have to pay attention to things that are novel and even startling…a great way to keep those brain cells firing!

Travel also brings with it the “uncertainty factor” that allows your brain to grow as new neural pathways are created and the body’s sense of space in relation to self (proprioception) increases. Research has shown that traveling to a new place is a great way to increase your brain power. Traveling also develops your sense of self-reliance. As you learn to successfully negotiate new situations (like bargaining in a bazaar or ordering food at a foreign restaurant), you will begin to trust whatever comes your way.

Let’s not forget about increasing your power of perception. As you enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of your new environment, let yourself expand your awareness of the little things around you. This is the perfect time to bring out your journal and start writing, or to take photos and record your perceptions of a new culture or way of being. When else do you have the time to listen to yourself as you fly high in the skies or journey on a train with no interruptions? Traveling is the doorway to adventure. Why not make travel your passport to growth and exploration this year?

– Haridass Kaur/Thi Kim Hoang, PhD
Travel Enthusiast, Writer, Producer, Yoga Teacher

Yoga for the Jet Set

Fitness While Flying

The season of travel is just around the corner, bringing fun and adventure. However, if you’re not looking forward to sitting for several hours on a long flight, then airline yoga is just what you need. Here are some simple moves to keep you flexible, energized and your lymph and blood flowing, even while seated in your favorite window seat.

Camel Ride: Scoot forward in your seat and do some spine flexes. Twists: Place your hands on your shoulders and twist, inhaling left and exhaling right. Arm lifts: Adapt some chair yoga postures to stretch your shoulders. Inhale and raise both arms, exhale and bring the hands back to the shoulders. Finish with some slow neck rolls in both directions. After completing the movements, inhale, face forward, close your eyes and breathe slow, long and deep breaths. Don’t worry about how you look – your fellow travelers might join you!

– YogaMint