Have a road trip or a long-haul flight coming up? Here’s something to make your trip comfy and pain-free! By Aishwarya Menon
We all love to travel, to explore the world and experience different cultures. What we certainly don’t love are the unending flights, uncooperative passengers and uncomfortable seating. While we can’t help with all of the above, we can certainly help you get to your destination in great shape. Here are 5 yoga asanas to relieve stress, soothe aching limbs, and open up your flexes on the go. And the best part? You don’t need much space to do these in!
How To Do The Bhujang Asana
Lie face down on the floor. Place your palms on the floor, on either side of you, slightly lower than your shoulders. Lift your upper body off the floor by pushing your palms against the floor. Get into a cobra pose by using your back and abdominal muscles. Keep your thighs firmly on the ground as you arch your back upwards. Maintain the pose for a full 10 seconds.
Start your day on a fresh note, salute the sun and feel rejuvenated the entire day.
Strengthens: Vertebral column
Pose Type: Prone
Also Known As: Cobra Pose
How To Do The Tadasana
This simple asana sets the base for all other yoga poses. Stand straight, placing both your legs slightly apart. Your hands should hang freely alongside your body. Raise your arms and stretch upwards, from feet to your head. Exhale and release. Repeat.
To relax yourself after a long flight or a car ride, Tadasana is the perfect yoga pose to wake up your muscles, limbs and joints.
Strengthens: Knee, Thigh, Ankle
Pose Type: Standing
Also Known As: Mountain Pose
How To Do The Garudasana
Begin by standing in the Tadasana. Move your left leg up and cross it over the right one. Try to hook your left foot behind the right calf. Bend a bit, if you must. Now bring your arms forward and bend them at the elbows. Cross the right arm over the left one and bring the palms together. Stretch your arms upwards.
Got off a long flight, or a road trip and have a stiff neck, back and limbs? A quick Garudasana will come to your rescue!
Strengthens: Ankle, Calf
Pose Type: Balance, Hip opener, Standing
Also Known As: Eagle Pose
How To Do The Utkatasana
In a need of some serious stretching on a road trip? Stand with your feet slightly apart, stretch your arms to the front and over your head. Bend your knees and lower yourself slightly as if you are sitting on a chair. Be comfortable.
Missing your intense gym workout but on a vacation? Compensate with this advance asana!
Strengthens: Vertebral column, Thigh, Ankle, Calf
Pose Type: Standing, Core
Also Known As: Chair pose
How To Do The Shavasana
Shavasana is perhaps one of the easiest, yet most important asanas in yoga. Lie flat on your back (make sure not to use a cushion) with your legs slightly apart. Leave your palms open, facing upward. Close your eyes, breathe deep. Relax your entire body.
Wind up your yoga session with Shavasana to develop a deep, meditative state of rest to your body.
Strengthens: Relaxes body and mind
Pose Type: Restorative
Also Known As: Corpse pose