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Video: Tara Stiles’ Yoga Moves For Travelers

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Tara Stiles shows Birchbox's Mollie her yoga moves for travelersWe're fast approaching full-blown Summer Travel Season, with all the joys and disruptions that it brings. Attempting to stick to a stringent workout schedule while traveling is not recommended (come on!)—but staying active certainly is.

Hiking, hang-gliding, the Chicken Dance, whatever—let your travel plans guide your activities when you can. No matter what you're doing, however, there's always room for yoga. Here are a few good reasons to incorporate yoga practice into your on-the-road routine.

1) Travel is stressful! Yoga provides mental as well as physical exercise; even a short, gentle yoga session can help calm you down, focus and feel recharged.

2) It can be done almost anywhere—hotel room, beach, airports, back porches, grassy knolls—with no equipment necessary. Travel yoga mats are nice, but a beach towel, blanket or any soft surface will do.

3) No guidance is required. If you've practiced yoga in the past, you know the basic moves. Try to remember sequences from classes or videos, or just go hog-wild and put all your favorite moves together in whatever sequence you want. As long as you're attentive to your breath and holding the poses correctly, you'll benefit.

4) Guidance is yours if you want it. For those not feeling the self-directed yoga practice route, there are approximately 2.5 billion yoga videos available online. Some are free on places like YouTube and Hulu, others are part of subscription-based exercise video sites, and still more are available through web video clearinghouses like Netflix and Amazon. If you want to stream yoga videos in any style on just about any device, you really shouldn't have a hard time doing that.

Which brings us to …. this yoga video from Tara Stiles, founder of New York's Strala Yoga and a resident favorite around here. Stiles designed it specifically for travelers, and the sequence will “energize you, banish jet lag, soothe upset stomachs, and relieve other travel-related troubles,” she says. Check it out:

For more yoga videos from Stiles, visit her YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/TaraStilesYoga