As a traveling yoga teacher, Co-founder of The Retreat Collection and Team Manager of a race team it's safe to say that I travel A LOT! So with lots of time on the move and many hours up in the air I've definitely picked up a few tricks along the way to help make this time as healthy & stress free as possible. I wanted to share with you a few of my top tips, so here they are.
Yogi Traveller's Guide to Looking & Feeling Good...
1. Hydrate A lot! Drink plenty of water, before, during & after your flight. Don't be tempted by the drinks trolley.. Fizzy drinks, juices & alcohol are a big no no and not going to do you any favours on land, and definitely not in the sky! I take a litre bottle of water on to any flight, even if it's a short one, and 2 if it's long haul. As much as you can get plastic cups of water from the flight crew it is no where near enough. Keeping hydrated will help you feel better, clearer in the head, help with jet lag, feel better in your body, joints, skin as well as helping with digestion.
2. Moisturise. When traveling, skin tends to dehydrate, puff and generally look blugh, so I make sure I moisturise on the plane & off! Always take a little moisturiser on board with you (keep it under 100ml and you're fine). I like Elizabeth Arden 8 hour cream for flying as I can use it on lips, tops of my hands and even on my arms if they get dry. Mini 'tasters' are perfect to pop in your bag when flying so next time your stocking up ask for a tester facial moisturiser... I love the little Liz Earl one that is always on hand.
3. Move. It's tempting to sit still on a plane, especially with the amazing on board entertainment they have these days & with many people traveling with iPads. However I highly recommend trying to get up and move around, even if the toilet isn't calling. Find a little space at the back of the plane and have a good stretch. Don't worry about looking silly, the truth is everyone wishes they were doing exactly what you were, you may even inspire them to do the same.
4. Meditate. Flying is the perfect time to get in some amazing meditation time. Close your eyes and everyone will simply think you're asleep and then you have plenty of time for a nice meditation. I find it helps keep me grounded, relaxed and can also help enormously with jet lag. For tips and guides on meditating you can check out our other blog posts on meditation.
5. Be comfortable. I'm not saying you need to fly in your pj's (although no judgement if you do) but being comfortable can make all the difference when flying. It'll help with circulation if you are more able to move around and stretch our and can help you feel more relaxed.
6. Plait Away! This is a crucial one for my frizzy untamable hair. Plait it, leave it, and take it out when you land! Job done! Worst case scenario, pop a cute clip or hair band in it and you're good to go till you can wash it when you arrive. Hair tends to get extra greasy when flying so a nice double wash and conditioner is a must, or in an emergency if you're heading straight to an event then dry shampoo is a winner. If you're planning on being in the sun try a hair mask or leave in treatment. This was a game changer for me.. Say goodbye to frizz ladies.
7. Hands Off. Avoided touching your face. Ok, I know it sounds silly, but there are so many bugs in airports and planes, and we don't tend to wash our hands as much as usual as we don't have such easy access to a sink while travelling. So avoid touching your face to spread any unwanted spots.. They tend to erupt mid flight so it can be tempted to reach for them then.. Stop! Wash your hands and face (even use a face wipe if needed) and start all over again with moisturise and make up just before landing (with clean hands)
8. Stretch. Plane yoga is my new favourite thing... Yes it's now a real thing! Here are a few ideas to get you going..
In your seat- circle your ankles to help circulation. Roll your shoulders both ways. Twist both ways on your seat (pretend to be smiling at that cute baby a few rows back) by holding on to the back of your chair. Stretch your arms up above your head, as if reaching for the air vent (try not to elbow the person next to you)
At the back of the plane -
Standing forward fold is a must! You can use the wall of the airplane to do this if you want an extra stretch (be warned- you'll get some slightly odd looks but it feels great and is so worth it)
Hip opener- put your right ankle over your left knee and bend your left leg with your hips on wall of the plane, then start to lean forwards slightly keeping your back straight and knee moving down. Enjoy on both sides.
Interlace hands behind your back & take a good stretch of chest and shoulders.
9. When you've finally reached your destination, don't forget to stretch & wind down with some gentle yoga.
Here's a little flow to gve you some ideas -
With love from a flight London to Barcelona