Five plane friendly yoga posturesSeptember 8, 2018
It seems that our holidays coincide with escaping from the cold Perth winters. Yes I said cold – we do get below 5 degrees here and yes jackets are essential!! Last month we had the pleasure of discovering California in the summer.
Getting to anywhere that isn’t South East Asia is an epic journey. Our combined flight time was 22 hours each way, not including stopovers, delays, getting to the airport, getting to the hotel… the joys of travel! So finding ways to cope and maintain our sanity was important!
The excitement of food, no internet access and endless TV and movies started to wear thin. My lower back was tight, sternum felt compressed and all I wanted to do was lengthen my spine and twist my insides. Movement in a plane is limited at the best of times – so a full round of sun salutation A was not going to go down well with my fellow travellers.
Enter the friendly flight attendants! After meal services we’d sneak into their kitchen area to move our bodies.
My first move? Forward bend to let my spine waterfall forward and decompress – bliss! Hands sitting on top of my feet (I’m a germaphobe so no hands on ground happening here!), knees bent to give my tight hammies some relief. And then it was time to get creative with the props available!
You’ll see that slippers come in handy to keep those hands clean 😀
Hips need some loving? Always enough space for malasana (yogic squat)!
How about testing that balance miles above the earth, little bit of wobble to fire up the core muscles?
And my favourite downward dog modification – using the wall!
But the fun didn’t stop there! Back in the chair, more forward bends and then some twists – binding to make sure there were no elbows where they shouldn’t be.
And once we hit the ground? Heading straight to the studio for class 😍
Where we’d love to see you too! So you can learn asana (yoga postures) to keep your energy flowing and body feeling great as you move through life. We’d love to know your favourite travel asana – leave us a comment in the box below!
Next week I’ll share with you my must have essential oils for travel – I may have overpacked but it was worth it 😊