Have Yoga, Will Travel

Starre Vartan does yoga on the California Coast.

The thing that I love most about yoga is how flexible it is; I practice to focus energy during the workday, to relax at the end of the day, and in the morning when I feel tight or have slept weirdly. I do 10 minutes of yoga to cool off and loosen muscles at the end of a good run, but can also rely on it as my workout on the days I don’t want to run or cycle.

But I especially love to do yoga when I’m travelling (and, as you can see here, especially on beaches or near bodies of water). But also on mountaintops in the midst of a hike, or in a city park during a day of walking around. Not a full-on, yoga-outfit situation, but a few poses, ideally sans shoes, to just connect to the moment and the world around me more fully.

A group yoga class on the beach.

One of the best ways to keep up your practice while on the road (or if you are sojourning somewhere without a yoga studio or teacher nearby) is to keep a few podcasts saved in your phone or mobile-music device. And some hotels, like those in the Kimpton family, provide yoga mats and blocks for your room, so you can practice there or in their gym with your own mat that’s cleaned for you. There’s nothing like a focusing practice before I begin a day of walking, or post-flight (even five minutes of yoga before you pass out, exhausted, is amazing! It will help you sleep better and you’ll wake up more refreshed).

One of my favorite options is Yogaglo, an online service that provides hundreds of yoga classes by teachers you’ve heard of, like Elena Brower and Seane Corn. For just $18 a month, it is less expensive than a drop-in yoga class, and offers all kinds of flexibility (pun intended). You can take a 10-minute relaxation, a 90-minute vinyasa, and everything in-between. There’s even a special travel yoga page so you can choose from among the classes specially designed for the road warrior.

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About Starre Vartan
Starre Vartan is editor-in-chief of Eco-Chick.com and the author of the Eco-Chick Guide to Life.


  1. hi Starre~
    love doing Yoga outside*! in fact, that is where i practice most of the time.. Cali. is great that way~

  2. I think outdoor yoga is going to become a really popular thing in coming years – so important to get outside – we already spend so much time inside and I don’t want to practice indoors unless I have to!

  3. Hi Starre,

    So glad you’re able to find the time for yoga while traveling! It’s such a good reminder that yoga goes beyond the studio. Thank you again for sharing about our services. We love when people really are able to do yoga whenever, wherever!

    Happy Glo-ing,

    Lisa @ YogaGlo
    Social Media Manager

  4. I’d certainly give http://www.myyogaonline.com a try. Love practicing their outdoor classes. Makes me feel like I am actually there. Beautiful scenery.

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