Yoga is a highly effective way to relax and unwind. The best part about it is that it can be done anywhere; it isn’t just for the confines of a fitness studio or gym. There are plenty of yoga exercises that can be done at home, at the office, or even on a charter bus ride.
In fact, what better way to relieve muscle tension and fatigue during a long bus journey than with a few gentle airplane yoga moves that you can do right in your very own seat?
These are a few of our favorite yoga poses for relieving travel tension:
With both feet flat on the floor, grab the back of your chair with your left hand. Turn your hips and chest to the left. Hold the stretch for five deep breaths and repeat on the right side.
Ankle to Knee:
With your back straight, take your right foot and place it so that it is lying flat on top of your left knee. Only do this pose if you don’t have knee problems! You’ll feel a deep stretch in your right hip flexor and right glute. After several deep breaths, switch sides.
Cow Face Pose (Arms):
With your feet flat on the floor in front of you, bend your left elbow behind you so that your hand lies across the center of your back, palm up. Bend your right arm up over your right shoulder and try to clasp your left hand behind you. You’ll feel the fingers of each hand reaching to grab each other; even if you can’t quite make the grab, you’ll get all the benefits of this pose from trying. Hold the pose for up to a minute, and feel the stretch opening up the intracostal muscles between your ribs; your shoulders; and your upper back. Switch sides and repeat.
High Altar Pose:
Clasp your hands together in front of you, then interlace your fingers. Push your palms out in front of you, and lift your arms up over your head. Your palms should be facing up. From your waist, lean to the right side. After five deep inhales and exhales, repeat the move on the left side.
If these airplane yoga moves prove too challenging for you, or you find that there’s just not enough room to do them without disturbing your seatmate, do a few gentle neck stretches instead. Slowly roll your head from left to right, right to left, up to 10 times. You should feel a loosening in knotted neck muscles.
Be sure to try these poses on your next long bus trip!