Yoga in Motion – What to do while you travel

by on March 11th, 2011 at 7:00 am

Some of us have careers which require us to leave the comforts of our homes. Unfortunately, getting to and from destinations can sometimes involve long car or airplane rides and cause havoc on our bodies. When we are crammed into small spaces during transportation, our bodies start to feel tense and rigid, which can lead to muscle cramps.

For most of us, it’s not an option to quit our job, so we have to learn how to keep our bodies in shape while traveling. The trick isn’t to have to stop the car to stretch or impatiently wait until the flight attendant turns off the seat belt light to get up; it’s to know what type of poses you can do while you are in these situations.

Below is a list of the best yoga poses for traveling people:

Shoulder Rolls- One of the easiest poses to perform is the shoulder roll. Bring the shoulders up to the ears, and then roll them back down pushing them towards the back of your chair. Switch this position by repeating the first step and then rolling the shoulder towards the front. Shoulder rolls help relax the shoulders, where many of us carry stress, which can cause tension in the rest of the body.

Neck Stretches- Drop each ear to each shoulder (right to right, left to left) and use the breath to guide your way. Inhale and drop your head to the right side, and then when you exhale, bring your head back to center. Repeat on the opposite side. This is another great technique to rid yourself of stress and keep headaches at bay.

Forward Fold- This by far is one of my favorite stretches to do. Coming out from your torso, bend over your legs towards the floor allowing your hands and face to fall toward the floor. If the seat in front of you is in the way, this may be one of those perfect times make a pit stop. I like to sit in the front row of a plane, and therefore I have a little more room to move. If by chance you feel a little silly doing a forward fold, act like you are getting something out from under your chair.

Learning how to stay relaxed while traveling is key to keeping your body agile. Before you getting in that plane, train or automobile, try to practice at least 15 minutes of yoga before you start your trip- this will help you stay relaxed and limber during your travels.

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