A Guide To Planning The Perfect Yoga Staycation
Author credit Jennifer Dawson
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The staycation continues to rise in popularity as millions of people are spending their weekends at home or at a nearby hotel or AirBnB. Last year, summer staycation searches and bookings were up by 33 percent in the UK, and more holidaymakers are opting to go on domestic getaways. Going on a staycation is one of the best ways to spend a weekend, as you can save on travel costs while having a stress-free holiday. But to make the most of your free time, why not go on a yoga staycation sometime this year? Not only will it rejuvenate your mind and spirit, but it will also enable you to stay active while you’re having a relaxing time in your hotel room. Here’s a guide to planning the perfect yoga staycation.
Where to stay
Picking the right place is crucial for a successful yoga staycation, and basically, there are only two options for this: either you stay at a hotel or AirBnB, or you can just stay at home. The latter enables you to save money, but if your place doesn’t have a serene or peaceful vibe, then it may be better to look for a nearby hotel to spend your weekend. Pick a place that has spacious rooms so you can do yoga indoors, or better yet, ask for a room with a balcony so you can do your asanas out in the open air. Once you’ve checked in, plan your activities for the following day, but take some time to relax by watching classic summer movies or reading a new book. You should also dress as if you’re on an actual holiday, so no ratty sweats or holey t-shirts. Instead, wear presentable yet comfortable loungewear, such as a soft pair of drawstring trousers, or shorts paired with a loose shirt or a printed tank top.
Planning your yoga sessions
Planning your yoga sessions can help you get the most out of your staycation. To create a healing yoga routine, ask yourself how you’re feeling. Do you feel stressed or tired? Then plan on doing more resting poses, such as Balasanas, Shavasanas or Shashank asanas early in the morning to restore your energy before moving onto more dynamic poses. Meanwhile, if you’re feeling restless and energetic, do challenging poses to channel that excess energy, such as a Firefly pose or a Peacock pose. Of course, only do these poses if you’ve already mastered them, as attempting a complicated pose can do more harm than good, especially if you’re a beginner. Do at least 30 minutes of yoga in the morning to energise you for the day ahead, and end the day with some relaxing poses to help you get a good night’s sleep.
Indulge in a pampering experience while you’re on your mini getaway. After doing yoga in the evening, go ahead and have a long and luxurious bath while sipping champagne and listening to soft music. If your accommodation provides spa services, schedule a facial or a soothing massage before tea time. You may also want to treat yourself to a decadent dessert - whatever it is, don’t feel guilty about indulging. Remember that this weekend is all about you.
This year, treat yourself to a wonderful weekend getaway to restore your mind and body. Try going on a yoga staycation, and see how it can heal and energise you from within.