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8 Places to Practice Meditation While Traveling

This post was originally published on Breathe Travel.

It’s not always easy to find a good spot to meditate when we’re on the road.

I often keep reminding myself that meditation is not exclusively limited to a calm, serene and quiet location. On the contrary; there may be times when the most unexpected, noisy and crowded place can be exactly the right space for a rewarding meditation practice.

Lively places can invite us to include the sounds, smells and sensations of our surroundings into our practice by either focusing on them or by letting them emerge and pass on in a more vipassana style of meditation.

It is not necessary to sit cross-legged in a meditation and we certainly don’t always need a bolster or meditation cushion. All it takes is some flexibility, open-mindedness and the will to practice – anytime, anywhere.

Here are eight places that make for a great meditation space when traveling:

1. Airports, bus stations and train terminals

Why not spend your waiting time in meditation? Airports, bus stations and train terminals make great spots to get into your own peaceful zone and will make your waiting time worthwhile.

Just grab one of the chairs in the waiting hall or use your luggage as a meditation cushion to sit on and tune in with yourself and your surroundings.

Just make sure you set a timer so you don’t relax so much you miss your trip!

2. Transport vehicles

It’s not only the waiting areas that work well, but the respective mediums of transportation too. Traveling time on buses, trains, planes and even ships makes room for a nice bit of meditation. Lean back into your chair, close your eyes … and travel to your inner world as the outer world passes by.

3. Museums

Museums make for a perfect location to meditate as they are often peaceful and serene spots. Focusing on an object, such as a painting, sculpture or an installation invites us to practice both dharana (intense focus, concentration) and dhyana (meditation, contemplation). You might be inspired by the displayed art and objects as well.


4. Public squares

Any open public area can qualify for a good meditation spot. Use the shady space in the corner of a city square for a seated meditation with open or closed eyes. Find the stillness within yourself as the world drifts by.

5. In bed

Practicing meditation doesn’t require you to be in a seated position. In fact, a lying meditation like yoga nidra is one of the best ways to include it into your everyday routine since you lie down at least daily!

No matter if you are in a quiet hotel room or a more lively hostel, simply close your eyes and meditate away. Nobody else around will even notice your state of meditative bliss.

To be honest, it is sometimes not easy to stay awake when meditating in bed. But if you fall asleep your body will get a little extra rest, which may be exactly what you are in need of in the given moment.

6. Religious buildings

Churches, temples, mosques or pagodas are a natural choice, as they are peaceful spots specifically designed for spiritual and inner contemplation.

You can find them anywhere while traveling, even the smallest of villages tend to have a religious venue of some kind where you can rest quietly and meditate. And you certainly do not need to be religious to enter them – being respectful to the etiquette of the place is usually all it takes.

And on top of your personal meditation practice, you may get an interesting cultural experience too!

7. Nature

Meditate on a stunning mountain top, in a lush forest, on a breathtaking beach, a vast desert or a lively city park. Relax and indulge in the abundance that nature has to offer.

Staying connected with nature in all its beautiful and diverse facets while meditating is a truly wonderful experience and in my personal favorite spot, both on and off traveling!

8. Retreats

Retreat centres are the most obvious of places and certainly the best when you want to dedicate some exclusive time to deepening your meditation practice. Pick your choice from a wide variety of retreats such as a silent retreat in Bali or a meditation weekend in an old monastery in Tuscany.

Anything that feels right for you will make for a rewarding meditation experience!

This article was written by Helene. She is a yoga teacher and traveling yogini, taking the practice with her wherever she goes. She teaches yoga and hosts retreats in Europe, mainly in Spain and in her native home, Austria. Helene blogs about her passions, yoga and travel via her project ‘Space for Yoga’ – http://spaceforyoga.eu/en/.

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Go Glomad: Destress and Revitalise

In a world where most of us are constantly on the go, it’s important to remember to take the time to destress and get in touch with yourself and your needs.

That’s where Glomad comes in. Founder of Glomad, Josh Murray, understood that there was more to life than his career and constantly running around and being stressed. He wanted to do something more. So he founded Glomad, the top destination for finding incredible yoga workshops, retreats, teacher training and festivals around the world!

We were lucky enough to catch a quick interview with Josh about Glomad and what it’s all about.

Check it out below!

Feeling inspired?

Find a charity challenge and do something good for others, whilst also inspiring yourself. Visit our adventure calendar.

Head to Glomad.com for more info on where you can go to destress and revitalise.


5 ‘need-to-knows’ for the travelling yogi

Most yogis have a natural sense of wanderlust, an attitude for adventure and feet that can’t quite stay in the same place for too long. Travel is a way for us to explore our practice through new perspectives and expand on our experiences off the mat.

Whether you have a regular self-practice, or you’re just in need of a stretch between international flights, yoga could be just the thing you need to centre while travelling.

Sitting for long periods of time can pose a serious health risk to your body. Joint pain and decreased blood flow is not the ideal way to start your next holiday. To make sure your body is ready for adventures the moment you get off the plane, practice these simple poses while you’re in the air…

Baby back bend
Come to sit at the edge of your chair. Place your hands directly behind your hips. Inhale as you expand from the chest. Take five deep breaths here with your gaze forward then slowly tilt your head back, pushing your throat forward. Remember to keep your shoulders away from your ears.

Simple spinal twist
Sit upright in your seat. Inhale as you twist to your right, bringing your left hand to your right knee, and your right hand directly behind your right hip. Engage your stomach muscles and, with every exhale, twist further to your right. After eight deep breaths, repeat on your left side.

Bring your mat with you
Make the commitment to your practice before you even get on the plane. By bringing along your yoga mat, you will be much more likely to prioritise your practice. Lay it out on your hotel floor before bed. This will serve as a simple visual reminder that your practice is ready for you when you are. If you travel often, I would suggest investing in a lightweight travel mat.

Be culturally aware
Make sure you are sensitive to the culture of the place you are visiting. Yoga tights and a sports bra may not be the most appropriate attire in your new surroundings. Western yoga practices are very different to Eastern traditions and, as a yogi, it is best to educate yourself so you may respect the practice in each destination you visit.

Best practice, of course, will depend on where you plan to lay out your mat. If you have booked into a private retreat or only plan to practice in the seclusion of a studio or hotel room, you will have more freedom in your attire. If you plan on practicing on any dirt-road that you come across, or in ashrams and religious places you pass, remember to be mindful of your etiquette on the mat.

Find your tribe
The best thing about yoga is that it is a global community. You can hop off a plane and find a community of yogis ready to practice with you. So do a bit of research before you head off, and find your tribe!

Practice letting go
Travelling can really take you out of your comfort zone. From unstable schedules, unfamiliar environments and unexpected turns, travelling does not always give us time and space to practice. If you missed a practice, let it go. If you can only squeeze in a sun salutation, let that be enough. Focus instead on other elements of yoga: mindful breathing, Pranayama or meditation.

Just breathe, be in the moment and enjoy exploring!

About the author…

Kimberly Kay is the Founding Omologist at Omology Yoga. A Sydney-based social enterprise, Omology offers ashtanga yoga classes to the community to fund education projects for women and girls around the world.

Having already worked with One Girl and UNICEF Australia, and with upcoming classes with Project Futures, Kim is dedicated to guiding each individual toward their union to the universal.

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