Doing yoga while you are on the road is not as easy as you might think. We are travelling around Australia since a week now but I have only practiced once. Yup, that’s not much right? I know, I think it’s a shame as well.. But, I know that there will come a time that I can do my practice every day again, like I did in Bali. So what makes it hard to do Yoga on the road? And what made me think that it would be super easy and beautiful? ;-) I call it; “Romanticising-my-yoga-road-trip-life”.
The Super Easy Stuff
- We all know that Pinterest changed our lives. We are pinning so many beautiful images every day that we think life is like our Pinterest account. The same for me, I pin gorgeous yoga photos to my Yoga Board but in real life it would be very difficult to practice yoga like these people do. Have a look at these photos;
- These photos inspired me to look for remote areas, beaches or accommodation to practice but in real life it’s hard to find a remote area. Even in Australia!
- Something that’s very easy to do when you travel around in a car and tent is waking up early. As soon as the sun comes out, you burn away in your tent.
The Hard Stuff
What is the real hard stuff to practice yoga when you are on the road? I mean, at the end it’s all about where and how you feel comfortable while practicing yoga. But what makes it hard to practice?
- Sand, dirt, mud, branches or anything that’s on the ground in nature :-) Have a look at the following images of me practicing in a National Park.
- Not having a shower after yoga. Yup; we are travelling with a car and tent on top without a luxurious shower. We’ve bought a solar shower and this works well for a quick rinse but not for a good clean and shampoo.
- People wandering around on the campsite early morning and looking at you (just when your bum sticks up in the air!) while you are practicing.
- And funny enough, after doing so much yoga in Bali in the humid climate, I miss the sweating after only 2 Surya Namaskara’s. I was so cold when we just arrived in Australia that I had to wear 3 layers to produce a bit of sweat after the practice. Tell me, how do you practice when it’s winter? I’ve heard people take very hot showers just before practicing, does this help?
My Latest Practice..
was in The Lakes National Park in the East of Victoria. The same state where Melbourne is located. We camped here for 1 night with only a few other people a few dozen metres away. Perfect! Gorgeous beaches and nature and also very remote and basic. I woke up early and had a short practice. Better than nothing!
This is where we parked our car and pop up tent. Isn’t it genius? And it sleeps very good as well. This photo was very early in the morning. We fold in our chairs and table to avoid getting it wet when it rains during the night. That blue weird thing you see on the right is my yoga mat on top of all the things that are normal in bushes :-)
I don’t want to be to picky but this wasn’t the most ideal spot I’ve ever had. My yoga mat is a light and thin travel one from Lululemon so it’s not really suitable for these conditions I guess.
But I had to practice because when you roll out the mat, you have to do something with it right?
The seating postures were a bit painful because of the ground, so skipped a few. If you are planning to go travelling, doing a road trip and practicing along the way or if you already did and you’ve got some tips for me; please do share them in my comment section down below.
One TIP I can give you is; wear a bikini while you practice because when you are camping in the wild, or in a National Park, there is no space to change from yoga clothes to a bikini to take that solar shower in the bush. This way I just take off my leggings and shirt and ‘hop in’ the solar shower ;-)
How is your yoga journey going?? Practicing somewhere in the wild or nice and comfy inside?