One of the great things about yoga is that once you’ve mastered the poses and breathing, you can practice it practically anywhere. If you’re going to be traveling for business or pleasure in the near future, you can pack your yoga mat and do a few poses every day—even on a plane!
Celebrity yoga instructor Charlotte Dodson shared her favorite in-flight yoga moves with the US News, explaining, “The beauty of yoga is that it comes to you, wherever you are, including when traveling on an aircraft. It’ll stretch out your muscles, massage all your internal organs, improve circulation and relieve you from any nervousness or anxiety you may experience during your flight.”
Pose #1 is the seated spinal twist, which brings your mind back to center while relieving stress. To do this one, perch on the edge of your seat and cross your legs by drawing your right knee over your left knee. Keep your right hand on the armrest, spine elongated and chin tucked into your throat. Turn to the right side while exhaling, with your head looking over your right shoulder. Breathe deeply five times, then switch sides.
Pose #2 will help to wake up your legs, which is very important on long flights. Starting with your legs together in front of you, keep your left foot firmly on the floor while bringing your right thigh up to your chest. Dodson says, “Hold and breathe for five to 10 breaths, awakening your leg muscles, before tilting your knee out to the side into a hip opener.” Next, place the opposite palm onto the sole of your foot with inner leg muscles relaxed. Inhale deeply while pressing one knee to the floor, then exhale slowly while raising the knee up to your chest. Hold your knee bent and thigh close to your chest for five to ten breaths. Repeat 20 times for each leg.
Tomorrow, we’ll have a few more in-flight yoga exercises to help you stay in shape while traveling.