I just recently got back from a long road trip. 12+ hours in the car and my body was feeling it, stiff muscles and joints and I was really tired. With the holiday season upon us, many of us will be spending at least a couple hours traveling, either in a car, plane, bus, train, etc. Whatever your mode of transportation, traveling for any extended period of time can cause the muscles to shorten and tighten. This yoga sequence was designed to prepare your body for long travel and can be done after travel to rejuvenate your body and mind so you don’t feel sluggish and sore.
Eagle Arms – Slouching in a seat for hours can cause tightness in the upper back and shoulders. This pose will open the upper back and improve posture. Hold for 30 seconds on each side.
Seated Spinal Twist – Relieve back pain and stimulate the abdominal organs with this gentle twist. Sit up tall to improve posture and keep the chest open to counteract roundness in the upper back. Hold for 30 seconds on each side.
Downward Facing Dog – This pose is everything you need wrapped into one. It will lengthen the back body, strengthen the upper body and core and energize the body and mind. Keep the neck long and draw the navel into the spine. Hold for at least 1 minute.
Low Lunge – The hips are the first to get tight when you sit for a long time, lunges will open the hips and stretch the hip flexors to keep your legs and hips happy on and after the trip! Hold for 30-60 seconds on each side.
Warrior I – This strengthening pose will energize your body and build strength in the legs to prevent the feeling of weakness you might get standing up after sitting for awhile. It’s a great pose to build core strength as well. Hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side.