Road Trip Yoga: 9 Poses You Can Do on the Road
Setting out on a grand adventure can be incredibly inspiring. The wind in your hair. The sense that anything is possible. Wanderlust finally satiated!
And…oh, that pain in your low back. And now that dull ache in your neck. And that twinge of a headache. When preparing for a road trip, long or short, remembering the benefits of yoga, stretch breaks, and breathing can help make your excursion enjoyable.
The Effects of Sitting for Long Periods of Time
While a spontaneous trip to see your favorite aunt or to catch the views at a nearby national park is highly beneficial for your mind and spirit, it can certainly take a toll on your body. Sitting for extended periods of time, whether at a desk or in the car (or on a train, bus, plane, or boat!), has been linked to increased blood pressure, risk of cardiovascular disease, and other health concerns. Taking regular breaks to move, circulate the blood, and breathe intentionally can help keep you calm and agile for your journey.
Besides, finding mobility in the hips, back, shoulders, chest, and spine makes it possible to stay safe on the road. That range of motion allows you to look and make sure your passengers are buckled up, to check carefully for motorcycles and other drivers, and to quickly make any number of unplanned “I gotta pee!” exits.
Skip the squabbles, boost your travel stamina, and make your trip a mindfulness journey with these on-the-road inspired yoga poses.
“Do We Have Everything?” (Downward-Facing Dog)
- Bring your hands to the upper edge of the window or car door.
- Keep your arms straight as you step back and hinge slightly forward.
- Allow your head to hang heavy and bend your knees as needed.
- Pedal your feet for extra calf muscle stretches.
- Take a look in the windows as you stretch to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything!
“Check the Tires!” (Malasana)
- Stand with your feet a little wider than hip’s width.
- Bend your knees and squat down.
- Let your hips get heavy and lift your heart.
- Rock gently foot to foot.
- Settle into stillness and bring your hands together at your heart or rest your hands on the car for support.
- Hold for three to five breaths.
- Take a look at the tire pressure while you’re at it!
“Before We Go …” (Figure Four)
- Take a seat in the car.
- For best results, do this stretch before putting on your seat belt.
- Sit up tall.
- Cross your right ankle over your left thigh.
- Flex your right foot.
- Bring your hands gently to your right knee and ankle.
- Breathe into the sensation at the right hip, hold for three to five breaths.
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Source: Deepak Chopra