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I am currently studying abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for 6 months and was not able to bring my favourite lululemon yoga mat with me because of baggage restrictions. Are there any poses that you can suggest for someone who is traveling abroad and has a limited amount of space to work with? "Tak for hjælpen," or "thanks for helping" in English! -Samantha

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Hi Samantha!

Thanks for your question!  There are many poses you can practice within a limited space. For a more relaxing practice or to release tightness/stiffness, I recommend the following reclining poses:  single knee to chest pose, simple spinal twist, knee down twist, hand to foot pose variations, thread the needle, happy baby, bridge and reclining bound angle pose. There are also many seated poses that require minimal space including the following:  simple cross legged forward bend, half lotus, full lotus, double pigeon, cow face pose, seated spinal twists (think ardha matsyendrasana and marichyasana), head to knee pose, bound angle, seated forward bend, and staff pose to name a few.

For a more active or energetic practice, I suggest the following:  boat pose, tabletop pose, cat and cow, downward facing dog, chair pose, half sun salutations, sun salutation A series, low lunge salutations, standing balancing poses like eagle, tree and dancer poses, arm balances like crow, camel pose, bow pose, wheel pose, and headstand or forearm balance if you have an inversion practice. Remember to make time for final relaxation, savasana!

Hope this helps!  Best to you and enjoy your practice!
-Danielle Tridenti, St. Louis, Plaza Frontenac ambassador

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more about danielle!

Danielle Tridenti is a yogic guide and Thai Yoga Therapy practitioner.  She is owner and lead instructor at D'sYoga Home in Saint Louis, MO, and assistant to Saul David Raye.  She brings over fifteen years of experience in movement, bodywork, and devotion into her teaching and healing arts sessions. Danielle has studied extensively with Shiva Rea, Saul David Raye, Rod Stryker and Erich Schiffman (to name a few) and is influenced  by the wisdom of the Krishnamacharya lineage, Tantra, Ayurveda, and the Bhakti path. More about Danielle:

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Comment by carolyn — August 28, 2010 @ 9:18 am

For a warmup I’d suggest doing the standing half of a Sun Salutation: Forward Fold – Halfway Lift – Chair – Hands at Heart and repeat!

Comment by lululemon Northpark — January 10, 2011 @ 9:17 am

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