Yoga for When You Are Traveling Abroad

 

Yoga for When You Are Traveling Abroad

Traveling is an enriching experience and in these modern times, it’s so much easier to do. When you have a yoga practice, there is often a concern that you won’t be able to keep it up while you travel. Travel is exciting and fun but it also has a tendency to bring on stress. Uprooting yourself from home and dealing with flights, packing, immigration, and a brand new place, can bring on stress. Yoga becomes even more important to alleviate all that stress you might be feeling. Yoga also helps with the hours you spend sitting on a plane or hauling your luggage.

There are poses you can do while you travel. They will ease your tension and can be done anywhere. You can do them while you sit on the plane or stand in line and they help alleviate the negative side effects of travel.

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Yogic Breathing

Getting on a plane comes with its challenges. If you’ve ever been stuck in an airport for hours, experienced long delays, lacked sleep, and felt exhausted, there is a fear that every time you travel, you might experience the same thing. You might begin to ruminate about all the things that could go wrong. In this day and age, you may even feel a little unsafe to travel around the globe. The central nervous system may cause you to feel on edge. When this happens, deep breathing is extremely helpful. You can relax your central nervous system, which calms the mind and body. If you have a lot of time waiting around anyway, it’s the perfect way to pass time.

Deep breathing exercise

Put your left hand on your chest and your right hand on your lower belly.

Inhale through your nose deeply. Your belly will expand.

Hold your breath for a count of four.

Exhale through your mouth. Let all the air out of your stomach.

Do this exercise a few times.

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Yogic Shoulder Stretches

Your shoulders can become sore from stress and carrying luggage. There are a few discreet yoga poses you can do while you’re at the airport to relieve this tension. This simple shoulder exercise helps relax the neck, the upper back, and your shoulders which are all connected. Also, when you open up your heart center with the following practice, you allow more air to come into the lungs. This will help you relax.

The shoulder exercise

Start by putting your hands behind your back. Your palms should be touching.

There should be a micro-bend in the elbows but you still want to stretch your arms back.

To do the stretch for maximum effect, envision your shoulder blades coming together.

To deepen the stretch, lift your heart to the sky.

Hold this pose for up to a minute and breathe deeply into the belly.

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Yoga for the Lower Back

Sitting on an airplane for hours can cause your lower back to ache. The good news is there is a yoga pose you can do while you’re in flight that helps alleviate that pain.

Lower back exercise

Start with your feet flat on the floor.

Take your right arm to your outer left knee. Use the left knee as leverage to twist your upper torso to the left.

You can hold this pose for up to a minute. Focus on breathing into the tense spots of your lower back.

Slowly bring yourself back to center.

Take your left arm to the outer right knee and repeat.

Do this at least five times on each side.

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Yoga for the Hips

You’ll find that your hips will hold a lot of tension from sitting for so long. There is a great pose to alleviate this tension, which can also help relieve lower back and hamstring tightness.

Hip exercise

Start with both feet flat on the floor.

Cross your right foot to your left knee.

Lift the left knee up with your arms. This is a sitting modification for threading the needle.

Hold this pose for up to 30 seconds.

Bring your foot back to the ground.

Cross your left foot to your right knee and repeat.

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Yoga for the Upper Back

Giving yourself a hug can make you feel safe and protected. It’s a nice thing to do for yourself and it also stretches out your upper back nicely. The upper back takes on a lot of stress while traveling. It can become taxed from carrying around backpacks, laptop bags, and rolling suitcases. Shoulders can become quite tense during times of stressful travel. This pose helps quite nicely to de-stress you. It also quickly relaxes all the shoulder tension.

Upper back exercise

Wrap your arms around yourself.

Aim on touching your fingers to your shoulder blades for the deepest stretch.

Hold this pose for up to 30 seconds.

This simple travel yoga poses to keep the blood moving and helps you to stay more relaxed. You can do them while you’re on the plane or waiting in line-ups. They help get rid of travel stress and pain. You get in a little bit of the yoga that you need for greater mental and physical well-being. Once you get to your destination, you know there is always a yoga studio. If there isn’t, there are many online tutorials and classes you can take part in. There really isn’t any reason you can’t maintain your yoga practice while you travel.

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Guest Post by Yoga Teacher Meera Watts

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga.

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Yoga for When You are travelling

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