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De-stress During Holiday Travel with On-the-Go Yoga Gear

On-the-Go Yoga Essentials

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It's no surprise holiday travel amps up your stress. Between dealing with traffic, anticipating family time, and doing your share of the cooking, days off can quickly feel like anything but a break from work.

One sure way to keep your anxiety at a minimum: Keep your yoga routine going. And even if you can't make it to class, practicing your Vinyasa flow at home just got easier thanks to Google Yoga, the newest feature on the Google app. (Psst... Did you know about these Healthy Google Hacks?) Simply say or type the name of the yoga pose you're looking for and the app provides photos of what it looks like, a description of how to do it (you know, for when you forget the difference between Peacock and Feathered Peacock), a list of preparatory and follow-up poses, and the parts of the body the pose stretches (cat pose is an absolute must for relieving a sore neck post-plane).

Since having the right gear is just as important as the moves themselves, we've pulled together the ultimate essentials for taking your practice on the road. Pack your bags, download your favorite yoga podcast (we love the ones from Yoga to the People), and get your "om" on. It's a piece of cake—er, pumpkin pie.

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A Super Lightweight Mat

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A yoga mat that clocks in at just two pounds? Yes, please. This Thanksgiving, we're grateful for this insanely easy to pack rubber mat. ($65;

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Comfy Leggings for the Plane

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These soft, knit leggings are a party on the outside and feature a reversible, black interior. Wear the fun print during practice, then switch to the toned-down solid before boarding the plane. ($125; (We've got more Reversible Workout Clothes to Double Your Gym Wardrobe.)

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The Perfect Pack to Store Everything In

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Pockets for days! This bag has ones for your phone, tickets, sweaty gear, and laptop. Strap your mat onto the top and you're good to go. ($128;

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An Easy-to-Carry Yoga Block

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Toss this lightweight foam block in your bag to get a deeper stretch. Trust us, you'll be grateful for it after sitting behind that person who put their seat in full recline (seriously, who does that?). ($12; (Not a yogi? We've got more Lightweight Workout Tools to Pack When You Travel!)

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A Stylish Cover-Up

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This draped blanket jacket had us at the word blanket. Put it on post-"namaste" and curl up in a happy ball of warmth on the plane. Bonus: It's super easy to take on and off, making going through security a breeze. ($245;

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A Kit That Guarantees Instant Calm

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Feeling stressed from too much family time? We feel you. While you're on the go, spritz Mio Skincare's Liquid Yoga Stress-Free Space Spray on your pulse points and let the lavender scent soothe your mind. Then, when you get home, take a bath with the Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak to melt away your worries and relax cramped muscles. ($21; (Now, try these Yoga Breathing Exercises for Relaxation.)

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