Stuffing clothes into a Suitcase and your Body into a Seat
You just booked a flight to travel. It is an exciting trip that you’ve been looking for. You plan out everything and ready for the flight. But there’s one thing that you might forget before leaving for the flight- the exciting journey overshadows the cramped seat that you’re going to stuck with for hours on end. A stiff neck, leg cramp, and sore shoulders will affect your trip.
That doesn’t mean you’re screwed. Doing yoga pre-travel is a great way to prepare your body for hours to come. These 5 yoga poses will help you loosen up and get relaxed for the long flight.
1. Seated Twist (Mastyendrasana)
Twisting releases a large amount of stored tensions. This pose does not only relax your spine and muscle, but also detoxify your body by delivering fresh bloods and nutrients to organs. Simply cross one foot over the other, reach your back arm to the back floor, then look over your front shoulder to complete the pose.
2. Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
Standing Forward Bend is a common posture to every yoga practitioners. The womb-like pose involves hamstrings, calves, hips and legs muscles. Coming out of the pose, you’ll get a calmer mind and a soothing nervous system. With parallel feet, bend forward from the hips and reach your hands to the ground. Inhale, hold your breath to release the neck, then exhale. This is a perfect preparation for a stressful day of travelling.
3. Fire Log Pose (Agnistambhasana)
Sitting for an extended time can cramp up your hips. Hence, practicing for an intense hip opener pose is a good choice for stressful travel. This pose will loosen your hips, stretch the thighs and stimulate internal organs. Gently elevate your hips by sitting on a folded blanket. Then stack your foot on top of the other like stacking up fire logs. Inhale and press your sitting bones to the floor. Bring your upper body forward if possible.
4. Crescent Lunge (Anjaneyasana)
Lunge is always an important pose to prepare yourself for a long travel. It’s a dynamic pose that involves your entire body. You’ll find balance and stability, as well as keeping your torso from stiffening up. To do it the right way, bend your front knee to 90 degrees and making sure it align with your front heel. Then come to a ball with the back foot. Inhale as you raise up your torso and sweep the arms overhead. Tuck in your tailbone and hold up for one minute.
5. Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
After all, your body is much more than just the hips. This pose will help your shoulder relax from extended sitting as you will both stretch the arms and neck. Similar to Seated Twist, first cross one foot over the other. Then, inhale and reach your arm to the side. Rotate it inwardly with thumb faces the ground. Exhale as you move the arm to the neck and release.
Travelling should be a joy from A to Z. Don’t let cramp and stiffness ruin even the tiniest part of your experience. We hope these yoga poses can help you better prepare for your wonderful voyage.