Tips For Travelers
By Joy Abrams
tell you how many of my yoga students come back from a trip
telling me about their aches and pains. Needless to say that
when you are confined in a seat on an airplane for a long
time it affects your muscles and joints. You are sitting in
one place and that also affects your blood circulation. I
suggest if possible getting the seat on the aisle as this
allows more access in and out of your seat during the long
flight. Here are a few postures that you can do on your long
flight that will help release your stress in your muscles
and prevent fatigue.
for the count of four and exhale for the count of eight six
times. Then get out of your seat and walk around the aisles
of the plane as you are inhaling bringing your right foot
forward and exhaling bringing your left foot forward. This
is sure to bring circulation to the legs and is a good pick
Lift up your spine and straighten it vertebrae by vertebrae
as you are sitting in your seat. Relax your spine. Do this
again as you take in your yoga breath slowly for the count
of four. Exhale for the count of eight as you relax your spine.
Do this eight times. This will energize you and bring blood
to your spinal area.
Inhale for the count of four as you push both palms of your
hands gently on the back of the seat in front of you. Keep
your spine against the back of your seat as you do this. Exhale
for the count of eight as you remove your hands and relax
your spine. Do this eight times. This brings blood to your
spine and stretches the muscles in your hands bringing blood
circulation to both areas.
Lift your right knee and wrap your hands around it as inhale
for the count of four. Exhale for the count of eight, remove
your hands from your knee and lower your leg to the ground.
Alternate legs. Do this eight times.
Rotate your left ankle all the way around to the right eight
times. Relax and inhale for the count of four and exhale for
the count of eight. Now rotate your left ankle all the way
around to the left. Do the same posture with the other ankle.
This posture is excellent to bring in blood circulation to
the legs and hips.
Place your hands on each side of your rib cage. Inhale for
the count of four and exhale for the count of eight. Be aware
of how the ribs expand with your inhalation and contract with
your exhalation. Do this posture eight times. This will relax
you and energize you.
By doing these postures during your long flight you are taking
care of yourself in a way that is sure to pay dividends to
you and it will help you to arrive refreshed at your destination.
For further information refer to the” Joy of Yoga” audiotape.