These past few years, I have spent many hours in airports. During my travels, it is important for me to find zen time. Here are some tips on how to incorporate airport yoga during your travels.
February 2014, I was traveling from Denpasar to Seoul. I had completed my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Ubud, Bali and had left with a life changing experience, minus the Dengue. Having gone through a myriad of different types of meditations and breathing techniques, I had come to use them in everyday life. All though these methods were not foreign to me, thanks to mom and dad, I had only recently started to incorporate these methods into my travels.
I had a 10 hour layover in Seoul and there was only so much Kimchi one can eat during that time. So, having my yoga mat with me, I decided to find a quiet corner by the departure gate and unrolled my mat. I did a very slow flow, moving with the breath. I am not one to care a great deal about what people think or say, but this being my first yoga practice in an airport, I was a little nervous. That was the beauty of the practice. I turned inwards, pulling myself away from my surroundings and surrendered to the moment.
After this first experience, my travel and yoga practices continued. From Vancouver Airport to Sydney, and Amsterdam to Honolulu Airport, I continued my airport yoga practice. Flights and layovers tend to be long and treacherous for many. Sitting in an uncomfortably tight seat or even sitting in first class but on the bum way too long. When one has connections, never be disappointed with a layover. It gives you time to walk around and even find a quiet space to do some stretches or yoga. You don’t necessarily need a yoga mat for standing or seated postures.
During flight or even in preparation of it, people can get very stiff and sore. According to the American Heart Association, sitting still for long periods in cramped conditions, dehydration and low cabin pressure can all contribute to Deep Vein Thrombosis. So movement before and after a flight, and even during, is helpful.