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
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.
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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.
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