Yoga in a GIF-y: Mindful Movements for Travel

May 12, 2017

Tight airplane seats with giant headrests, cars crammed with beach balls and suitcases - travel isn’t always a yogi’s best friend.

 

Our legs, in particular, get the worst of it - dangling off the edge of a seat with little to no movement for hours is a recipe for lower back pain.

 

Just because you can’t roll a mat out on the bus doesn’t mean that yoga is out of the question. Start with the leg and feet exercises below and feel free to add more, be it the Five Elements Mudra or Sun Salutation Arms (if space allows).

 

Here’s a step-by-step guide:

  1. Sit well with a long spine, feet planted firmly on the floor.

  2. Take a moment to absorb the different sounds, smells and colors around you.

  3. On an inhale, lift your feet up off the floor bringing.

  4. On your exhale, flex your feet, reaching the toes back towards the knees.

  5. As you inhale, point your toes forward.

  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 from 30 seconds to a minute.

  7. Step your feet back onto the floor and when you’re ready, repeat steps 3 to 6 twice more.

 

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