Yogi Traveller's Guide to Looking and Feeling Good
As a travelling 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 and stress free as possible. Here are a few of my top tips:
1. Hydrate: Drink plenty of water before, during and after your flight. Try not to be tempted by the drinks trolley. Fizzy drinks, juices and alcohol are a big ‘no-no’ and not going to do you any favours upon landing, 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 two if it's long haul.
Keeping hydrated will help you feel better and clearer in the head, help with jet lag, help you to feel better in your body, joints and skin, as well as helping with digestion.
2. Moisturise: When travelling, skin tends to dehydrate, puff and generally look bleugh, so I make sure I moisturise on the plane and off. Always take a little moisturiser onboard (keep it under 100ml and you're fine). I like Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour Cream for flying as I can use it on my lips, the tops of my hands and even on my arms. Mini samples are perfect to pop in your bag when flying, so next time you’re stocking up ask for a tester facial moisturiser.
3. Move: It's tempting to sit still on a plane, especially with the amazing in-flight entertainment and with many people travelling with iPads. However, I highly recommend trying to get up and move around, even if nature 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 the same. You may even inspire them.
4. Meditate: Flying is the perfect time to get in some meditation. Close your eyes and everyone will simply think you're asleep. I find it helps to keep me grounded, relaxed and can also help enormously with jet lag.
5. Be comfortable: I'm not saying you need to fly in your PJs (although no judgement if you do), but being comfortable can make all the difference when flying. It'll help with circulation if you are able to move around and stretch out, and can help you to feel more relaxed.
6. Hands off: Avoid touching your face. OK, I know it sounds silly, but there are so many bugs in airports and on planes. We don't tend to wash our hands as much as usual without easy access to a sink while travelling. Avoid touching your face to spread any unwanted spots. Wash your hands and face (even a face wipe will do) and start all over again with moisturiser, doing make up just before landing (with clean hands), if desired.
7. Stretch: Plane yoga is my new favourite 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: A standing forward fold is a must. You can use the wall of the plane to do this if you want an extra stretch. Be warned - you'll get some odd looks, but it feels great and is worth it.
Hip opener: Put your right ankle over your left knee and bend your left leg with your hips on the wall of the plane. Start to lean forwards slightly, keeping your back straight and knee moving down. Do this on both sides. Interlace your hands behind your back and have a good stretch with your chest and shoulders.
With love from a flight from London to Barcelona,