Doing yoga while traveling helps to improve blood circulation, relieve stiff muscles, and reduce travel stress. Here are 5 simple yoga poses you can do anywhere!
Whether you’re embarking on a late-summer road trip, or flying across the country for a beach vacation, yoga can go wherever you do! This comes in handy, as there’s nothing like 9 hours in a car to leave you feeling stiff, achy, and downright sore and grumpy… Fortunately, the yoga poses below can provide relief – in fact, you may even reach your destination feeling practically fresh and rested!
All you need to do is take a few stops during your journey (or find a quiet corner in the airport during a layover), and do these 5 quick do-anywhere yoga stretches. You don’t even need a yoga mat, although of course feel free to bring yours along if you have space in your luggage.
1. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)
The standing backbend version of Half-Moon Pose is easy to do anywhere, and helps stretch and align your spine and release tension in the lower back that comes from sitting for hours.
2. Wide-Legged Standing Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana)
This pose stretches the spine and the back of the legs, which tend to get tight and stiff when sitting, and helps relieve back pain and tension.
3. Standing Forward Bend (Sahaja Uttanasana)
This pose is a great one to do when traveling. It helps to relax the entire body, and reduce anxiety and fatigue. It may even help to improve digestion, which as we all know, can get a little “off” when we travel.
4. Intense side stretch, hands behind in Namaste (Ardha Parsvottanasana left and right)
This pose stretches the entire body from head to toe, and increases circulation in the abdominal area to help improve digestion.
5. Left/Right Waist Rotation (Katichakrasana)
Katichakrasana gently stretches and twists the spine, and helps to relieve stiffness in the neck and shoulders caused by carrying heavy luggage halfway across the Universe (or at least it feels that way sometimes)!