Yoga For the Traveler-Staying in Balanced on the Road

Today, I have a guest blogger! Wes would like to share with us how to stay on the yogic path while traveling. Here he is:

My name is Wes Vonn and I am a fitness and healthy living devotee. I stay fit and eat healthy less for my body but more for the energy levels, better mood, and the ability to sleep through the night that a healthy lifestyle seems to provide me. My new blog is located at http://vonnpumpup.blogspot.com/

Yoga For the Traveler-Staying in Balanced on the Road

It’s easy for people to fall completely off track when a person has a hectic travel schedule.  Professionals who frequently travel now have more options than ever to help them stick to their yoga routine while on the road.  Yoga for the traveler has never been so easy.

Keeping up with Yoga on the Road

One can find hotel establishments that offer yoga classes before booking accommodations.  Hotels now understand the importance of being able to accommodate their travelers, and many are now offering yoga classes for their customers.  Some hotels even offer in-room equipment to their travelers. Performing some due diligence before booking hotel options is definitely a recommendation of mine. On a recent trip to Las Vegas I was able to book a hotel with great yoga classes because I looked into it before I even booked the hotel. I searched many different reviews of the top Las Vegas Hotels and found that the hotel that I eventually booked had the best amenities for my personality and fitness level. Doing due diligence on hotels before traveling absolutely goes beyond just price and luxury. Looking at prices and then going from there to reviews of the hotels that are comparable in price is the best way to do it.

Downloading yoga videos is another way to keep up with the routine while traveling.  Many of the gurus and yoga experts create and publish content online for business travelers and those who enjoy practicing it privately.  This options allows a a person to practice when it’s most convenient.

Joining a gym with locations nationwide is convenient for traveling professionals who practice yoga.  When signing up for a membership, a person can request information on locations in areas where he or she conducts the most business on the road.  Many of these facilities publish their class schedules completely online.

Some airport locations are now offering yoga rooms to their patrons.  In a major airport in San Francisco, a person can get in a quick session by stopping by the yoga room.  The San Francisco International Airport is one of the first airports to offer such amenities to travelers.  The Dallas-Fort Worth airport now has its own yoga room and has even created walking trails to serve the health-conscious crowd.

What are the benefits of yoga?

Yoga has been shown to lower stress and blood pressure for people on all levels.  Research published by the University of Westminster showed yoga intervention to be extremely effective in treating people with depression.  It improves balance, mood and memory.  It’s also known to improve flexibility and reduce pain symptoms in some.

Busy travelers find it stressful to achieve proper work life balance.  Sticking to a workout routine is the hardest for traveling professionals.  Busy travelers who practice yoga can maintain their schedules on the road in various ways by taking advantage of gyms, media downloads, and generous amenities offered by hotels.

50 Health Conditions Benefited by Yoga

(as shown in scientific studies)

A great list compiled by the amazing Dr. McCall of “Yoga As Medicine”
I have the PDF of the references of the studies, or you can find it on his website, link at the bottom of this post.

1. Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse
2. Anxiety
3. Asthma
4. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
5. Back Pain
6. Balance Problems
7. Cancer
8. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
9. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), e.g. Emphysema
10.Congestive Heart Failure
11.Depression
12.Diabetes
13.Drug Withdrawal
14.Eating Disorders
15.Epilepsy
16.Fibromyalgia
17.Heart Disease
18.HIV/AIDS
19.Infertility
20.Insomnia
21.Hemorrhoids
22.High Blood Pressure
23.Hyperkyphosis (Excessive Curvature) of Thoracic Spine
24.Irritable Bowel Syndrome
25.Kidney Failure
26.Mental Retardation
27.Menopausal (and Perimenopausal) Symptoms
28.Migraine and Tension Headaches
29.Multiple Sclerosis
30.Neuroses (e.g. Phobias)
31.Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
32.Osteoporosis
33.Osteoarthritis (Degenerative Arthritis)
34.Pancreatitis (Chronic)
35.Pain (Chronic)
36.Pleural Effusion (Fluid Collection in the Lung
37.Post Heart Attack Rehabilitation
38.Post-Polio Syndrome
39.Post-Operative Recovery
40.Post-Stroke Rehabilitation
41.Pregnancy (Both Normal and Complicated)
42.Premature Ejaculation
43.Psoriasis
44.Rheumatoid Arthritis
45.Rhinitis (Inflammation of the Nose)
46.Schizophrenia
47.Scoliosis (Curvature of the Spine)
48.Sinusitis
49.Tuberculosis
50.Urinary Stress Incontinence

from Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing (Bantam)
© 2007 Timothy McCall, MD (Updated June, 2009)
www.DrMcCall.com