Yoga Exercises for Airplane Travel [video]

Find peace when traveling by airplane

Find peace when traveling with yoga exercises for airplane travel.

Traveling for the holidays? Try yoga exercises for airplane travel!

Extended periods of sitting in planes, trains, and automobiles can leave you feeling drained and lethargic.

Get up and move! Find a bulkhead with a bit of space and try  airplane yoga. And check the short video for yoga moves to do right in your seat!

Yoga Exercises for Airplane Travel

Yoga Exercises for Airplane Travel Help You Arrive Refreshed!Dwikonasana (Shoulder stretch)

Stretch hands behind you and clasp them moving them up and moving your shoulder blades together. Keep head backwards. Hold for a few seconds and release. Repeat three times

Padahastasana (Forward bend)

Stand straight and bend forward hanging your upper body while keeping hands near toes. Relax your back, come up and repeat three times exhaling each time you bend downwards.

Ardhachakrasana (Side stretch)

Stand straight, and bring hands above head. Now bend sideways to one side. Hold for a few seconds and come up. Repeat on the other side. Repeat this cycle three times, exhaling each time you bend.

Sahaj Pranayam (Easy breath)

Sit with back straight — whether in the car or aircraft seat — and take in a deep breath. Hold for five seconds and exhale to a count of ten seconds. Repeat this for one-ten minutes and close eyes for a few more minutes after you finish.


Stretch hands above your head, interlock and pull upwards, stretching the spine. Hold for a few seconds and repeat three times.

Original article and photos of yoga exercises for airplane travel.

Photos, top: © Jorg Jahn | Above: ©Bimbo Cabochan |

Airplane Yoga Video

Here’s a 6 minute video demonstrating a variety of yoga stretches you can do on an airplane – even if you get stuck with the middle seat!

Don’t forget to drink lots of water, breathe deeply, and stretch frequently with airplane yoga.

Please share with friends so they can experience less stress and more energy from yoga exercises for airplane travel!


About LuLu

LuLu has been practicing yoga for three decades. She's done yoga at home, in yoga classes, and is currently a member at a yoga studio in the Los Angeles area. A freelance graphic designer by trade, she welcomes you to join her on this journey to learn more about the healthful practice of yoga. Namaste!
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10 Responses to Yoga Exercises for Airplane Travel [video]

  1. stacey says:

    I’m getting on a plane for 8 1/2 hours tomorrow followed by another 4 hour flight so this will be IMMENSELY helpful. thanks so much!

    • LuLu says:

      I’m jealous of your trip! But not the flight – getting there isn’t always 1/2 the fun 😉 Enjoy the airplane yoga – it will help!

  2. Romy Macias says:

    So glad you shared these stretch exercises. I could use them at my desk as well.

  3. LuLu says:

    Yes, these are great when stuck at a desk too. You can check more office yoga here:

  4. Can you imagine if the guy in coach – sitting in the middle seat starts doing his Yoga exercises – how about if the whole role does it together….. Would love to see it!
    Thanks for a great post as always – so informative.

  5. Donna says:

    This is very important from the point of view of circulation as well as stress reduction. Bravo! Now – perhaps you can make this into an article for the airline magazines. Every passenger needs to read this!

  6. Elyn says:

    These would be especially good for the killer flights across the Pacific Ocean. Great idea!

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