Yoga For Travelling Beings
Yoga is a relaxing practice that not only caters to the mind, but also the body as well. It’s a perfect way to reconnect with your roots and find inner peace, and it helps you strengthen your balance as well. While it may look intimidating to be done by a beginner, it is actually quite easy once you get used to the poses and stances that could change your life forever.
Travelling a lot is no excuse to stop yoga, yoga poses don’t require anything except your body and can be done anywhere. It doesn’t even need comfy clothing – you can do it even with tight jeans and a shirt on. Just find a quiet place wherein you can do yoga and start your journey to bliss.
Here are the easy stances and poses you can do while you’re in your hotel room:
Upward Salute with Side Stretch. Have you sat for too long during the flight and you seem to feel that your legs are close to nonexistent? Perform this by standing your legs slightly apart, almost the same width of your hip and practice Mountain pose.
Stretch your arms upwards and let your left palm turn upright and gently grab your left wrist. Let your shoulders loose and inhale to stretch the spine then exhale while arching over to the right side. Twist your legs to opposite directions and hold the pose for 5 deep breaths.
Standing Heart Opener – helps to release tension in your back and open your heart.
Maybe your spine had enough carrying for one day and needs a bit of a good stretch. This lets you release the tension on your back and feel more relaxed as you perform more deep breaths with this pose.
Place your hands on the small of your back and point your fingers upward. Inhale to stretch your sternum comfortably then exhale to arch your upper back backwards. Press your hips forwards and lift up behind your heart. Enjoy relaxing breaths and relaxation of this pose for 5 breaths.
Upside down Pigeon – to alleviate tight hips.
This pose is great for opening the hips, stretching the hip flexors and releasing any lower back tension. It’s also a great preparation pose for meditation.
To begin, come onto your back with your knees bent and your thighs parallel and hip-distance apart. Next, cross your left ankle over your right thigh, making sure that your ankle bone clears your thigh. Actively flex your front foot by pulling your toes back. Pull your right knee in toward your chest, thread your left arm through the triangle between your legs and clasp your hands around the back of your right leg. If you can hold in front of your shin without lifting your shoulders off the floor or rounding the upper back, do so; otherwise, keep your hands clasped around your hamstring.