I have been traveling back to back this last month and will travel more this summer.
So I created this little yoga routine to feel sane, stretched, and comfortable. Even if you only have a few minutes before your flight, there are plenty of yoga poses you can do right in the airport. From downward dog to warrior II, these simple poses can help you release tension and find a sense of calm amidst the chaos of travel. So next time you're feeling stressed at the airport, give airport yoga a try and see how it can benefit your mind, body, and spirit.
Here are a few simple poses to get you started:
1. Neck rolls: sit or stand with your shoulders relaxed and your head facing forward. Slowly roll your head to the right, bringing your right ear towards your right shoulder. Hold for a few breaths, then roll your head to the left side. Repeat a few times in each direction.
2.Side stretches: stand with your feet hip-width apart and raise your arms overhead. Interlace your fingers and turn your palms towards the ceiling. Lean to the right, keeping your feet firmly planted on the ground. Hold for a few breaths, then switch sides.
3. Forward fold: stand with your feet hip-width apart and fold forward, hinging at your hips. Let your head hang heavy and reach towards the ground. You can bend your knees slightly if that feels more comfortable. Hold for a few breaths, then slowly roll up to standing.
4. Downward Dog: Begin on your hands and knees, with your wrists directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Press your hands firmly into the ground, tuck your toes under, and lift your hips up and back into an inverted V shape. Hold for a few breaths, then release.
5. Warrior II: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, then step your left foot back about 3-4 feet. Turn your left foot out at a 90-degree angle, and your right foot slightly inward. Raise your arms to shoulder height, with your palms facing down. Bend your right knee, keeping it directly over your ankle, and gaze out over your right fingertips. Hold for a few breaths, then switch sides.
6. Tree Pose: Stand with your feet hip-width apart, then shift your weight onto your left foot. Bring your right foot up to rest on your left thigh, pressing your foot into your thigh and your thigh into your foot. Bring your hands to your heart center, and hold for a few breaths. Switch sides.
7. Seated Spinal Twist - Sit cross-legged on the floor or in a chair and place your right hand on your left knee. Inhale and lengthen your spine, then exhale and twist to the left. Hold for a few breaths and repeat on the other side.
These simple airport yoga poses can help you release tension and find a sense of calm amidst the chaos of travel, even when people look at you weird. Give them a try and see how they can benefit your mind, body, and spirit.
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