We love us some yoga here at eBags—and we also love us some ultra-stylish, super-soft and uber-stretchy clothes that can take us from mountain to museum and beyond. So imagine our excitement at welcoming popular fashion-tech apparel company Lolë to our ever-growing lineup of amazing brands!
In celebration of National Yoga Month, the Lolë team helped kick off the new partnership by sponsoring a corporate yoga class at eBags last week, taught by our favorite in-house yogini, Christina Lewis. We asked the experts to share a few tips for taking your practice on the road…here are the top four.
1. Stay stretchy while you’re en route.
Here’s a genius travel hack yogis have been doing for decades: wear your workout clothes on the plane! And we’re not talking sloppy sweatpants and droopy hoodies, either. A true pioneer of the athleisure trend, Lolë meticulously designs all their apparel to look sleek and stylish in the studio, on the street or even in your airline seat.
Layer the cozy, hooded Elektra Dress (in Black Heather) over the Salutation Leggings (in Black Griffintown) to be completely comfy in-flight AND look perfectly polished on arrival. Another on-point pairing: the longline Miu Cardigan over the metallic Panettiere Leggings with a color-pop t-shirt and tall boots. Done and done.
2. Keep calm and carry on…literally!
Having your yoga gear with you on your trip will dramatically increase the chances that you’ll actually practice while you’re out of town. A versatile bag like the Lolë Deena Duffel can double as your carry-on; pack your yoga clothes in your suitcase to make room for in-flight essentials like your book, headphones (we love the Bose Quiet Comfort Wireless Headphones for their crystal-clear sound and noise-cancelling capabilities) and water bottle.
The Deena even has a convenient carrying sleeve for your Lolë Pose Yoga Mat; weighing in at a feather-light 8 ounces, the Pose Mat’s slip-resistant surface can help boost stability with without adding extra weight to your gear.
3. Carve out some space—both mental and physical.
The wonderful thing about yoga is you don’t need a studio to get your asana moving. Americans are relatively new to this 5,000-year-old practice, and we’re used to having all the modern conveniences—smooth bamboo floors, climate-controlled rooms and the hushed guidance of a professional yoga teacher.
But while they’re certainly nice to have, all of these things are really just environmental extras; all you ACTUALLY need is a relatively flat surface and a little bit of intention. Before your trip, review your schedule and mentally set aside at least 30 minutes each day for your practice. Then find a quiet spot in your hotel room or a nearby park, roll out your mat and go within.
4. Take your motivation wherever you go.
If you don’t have a robust personal practice—i.e., if you’re like most of us, and need an actual instructor to lead you through the sequences—we’ve got three exceptional ideas to keep you relaxed on the road. First, start by asking your hotel concierge; they probably field this question ten times a day, and you may learn that there are yoga classes on site.
If your hotel (or Airbnb owner) can’t steer you in the right direction, download the free YogaTrail app—it can help you find local yoga and meditation classes in your destination city, with class descriptions and ratings to help you decide which studios, teachers or flows are right for you.
Rather not leave your hotel room? There’s an app for that, too. For $3.99, Gaiam’s Yoga Studio app gives you access to 24 hours’ worth of world-class yoga classes, with a gorgeous HD interface that enables you to focus on alignment and form.
There are 65 classes serving all levels of practitioner, ranging from 15 minutes to a full hour. Search by focus (strength, balance, flexibility, relaxation or all of the above) and set reminders to make sure you don’t forget these precious minutes you wisely set aside for yourself.
Ready to take your downward dog on the road? Shop all Lolë gear before you go. Bon voyage and namaste!