In-Flight Yoga – 3 More Poses

Yesterday, we described two yoga poses that can stretch your muscles and pep up circulation during a long airline flight. Today, we have more poses from celebrity yoga instructor Charlotte Dodson.

Pose #3 – Eagle Arms. This yoga pose will work your upper body and relieve tension in your shoulders from sitting too long, while also building stronger arms. While standing in the aisle, stretch your arms forward and spread shoulders wide. Cross your arms in front of your body with the right arm above the left and bend your elbows. Place the right elbow in the crook of the left, then raise the forearm until the backs of your hands face each other. Press palms together, lift elbows and stretch arms upward. Hold the pose for 15-30 seconds, then reverse and repeat.

Pose #4 – Standing Forward Bend. This one can stretch your spine while calming and working your lower body. While standing in the aisle with feet apart, tilt forward with your knees bent and let your arms hang down with one hand on each elbow. With feet pressed firmly to floor, breathe deeply ten times, then stand up slowly.

Pose #4 – Thigh Stretch. This yoga pose can help to stretch your quadriceps while energizing your entire body. While standing with your feel shoulder-width apart, lift your right foot off the floor and bend your knee so that your lower leg is behind your body. Grasp your right ankle with your right hand and pull straight up. With your heel beside your buttocks, hold for five to ten breaths. Switch sides.

You may not be able to do all of these on a cramped, full flight, but doing one or two every hour or so can help you to feel less stiff and more energized when you reach your destination!

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