Movement

Why Yoga Is Your Ultimate Travel Workout

Travel is great for expanding the mind and enriching the soul, but let’s face it, being out of your normal routine can mess with you emotionally and physically. Thankfully one of the best tools in your self-care arsenal is also one of the easiest to use no matter where you go–yoga.

Not only can you practice yoga virtually anywhere, it’s amazing at tackling the ups and downs of travel–from easing jet lag, stress, and the tightness that comes with being in small spaces, to providing a boost of sheer energy when you’re dragging. And with the adidas ALL DAY app, you can take Chad Dennis’s Yoga for the Road Discovery with you everywhere.

Each of Chad’s four short, but powerful sessions is designed to keep you grounded, focused, and feeling strong. And considering Chad has worked with performers like Harry Styles, No Doubt, Train, and One Republic, and was the on-tour yoga instructor for Maroon 5 for eight years, he knows a thing or two about keeping a sound mind and body while away from home.

Here, the rockstar yogi shares some tips for getting the most out of your mobile yoga practice:

UNROLL YOUR MAT FIRST THING.

WHY YOGA IS YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL WORKOUT

“When you’re dealing with a shifting landscape–different time zones, different beds, different languages–a steady means of comfort is the practice of yoga. It grounds and calms the nervous system in a constantly changing world. No matter how tired you are or how long the plane flight, practicing a little yoga first thing will reset you physically and psychologically,” says Chad.

Didn’t pack a mat? Don’t worry, just go outside or dim the lights, lay out a towel, use pillows or books as props, and follow along to one of Chad’s sessions in the app.

LET YOUR BREATH GROUND YOU.

WHY YOGA IS YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL WORKOUT

Chad’s go-to flow, whether he needs to unwind after a long day or rev up for an event, is a series of Sun Salutations. “When I need to ‘come down’ I take a slower more deliberate pace, being compassionate with my muscles, joints, and nervous system. On the flip side, if I need to wake up, my Salutations will become more vigorous and stimulating.”

Either way, he always takes a few minutes before his physical practice to rest quietly and reclaim his breath. “This can be as simple as just sitting with your eyes closed and watching the breath move in and move out. Practicing mindfulness is this easy and this challenging.”

TWIST TO UNWIND.

WHY YOGA IS YOUR ULTIMATE TRAVEL WORKOUT

Spending long periods of time on planes, trains, and in automobiles can leave your body tight and achy, and your digestion, well, sluggish. Practicing a few opposing poses will help unwind those tight spots and get things moving.

“If you’ve been sitting all day and your front body is contracted and angry, move it the in exact opposite direction using hip openers and any form of back bends. I also highly recommend twists–either seated or standing–to ‘reset’ your digestive tract and help with elimination.”

And don’t forget to add Chad’s secret weapon–super hydration. “Anytime you’re flying, be sure to drink ridiculous amounts of water!”

TRUST WHAT 5 MINUTES CAN DO.

Squeezing in full workouts can be a challenge when you’re traveling for work or on vacation, but yoga can literally transform you in no time flat. “You can accomplish a tremendous amount in just five minutes,” says Chad. “You can do five Sun Salutations, or simply sit comfortably for five minutes watching your breath without letting your mind get pulled into its drama. Two different routes and manifestations, one similar result–a calmer, more focused, and less reactionary mind!”