5 Best Yoga Moves To Stay Fit While Travelling
“A sound mind in a sound body”, this is a never-failing theory and this holds good even while you travel. However, travel makes the fitness schedule lopsided. So here’s a quickie on five of the best yoga moves one can do to stay fit while travelling. Don’t let that extra fat sag around you and upset your travel plans. Do these simple yoga moves to rest and revive you with new energy.
1. Neck stretches and hand rotation: When you are back after a full day, a tight scheduled trek or sightseeing in a bus, or you had to be upright for too long, sit back, relax, breathe in deep and slowly start rotating your neck. Rotate your neck clockwise and anticlockwise repeatedly for 2 minutes. Then touch your right ear to the right shoulder and stretch and let the muscles tighten. Do it for a minute and repeat it on the other side too. The neck will feel lighter and better.
Also rotate the fists slowly in clockwise and anticlockwise direction. Then rotate both the hands. This will loosen the tight muscles and help you relax.
2. Forward bend: The back gets cramped and too stressed and we might feel uncomfortable to continue to travel with the onerous back. You can do this posture: forward bend. Raise both your hands and breathe in deep and slowly while exhaling the air, touch the ground with your hands and make sure the knees are straight. Do not bend the knee. This will strengthen the calf muscles and help your back restore its strength.
3. Tree posture: This posture helps to stretch and strengthen the back and sides of your legs that gets stiff while commuting long distances. In this pose, you have to plant your one leg on the calf muscle of the other leg, or just above on the thigh. Join your hands and make sure to keep the forearms parallel to the floor. Then breathe in and out slowly and repeat this on the other side too. Do it alternatively. This will improve your balance, ankle stability and opens your hips.
4. Garland pose: Hip flexibility becomes an issue after a long journey in train or plane. Sitting for long periods can tighten the inner thighs and groin and hip flexors. This can cause poor back posture and back pain. Step your feet as wide as the mat, if you have, bend your knees and lower your hips, coming into the squat. Drop your torso slightly forward and then bring your upper arms to the inside of your knees. Bring your palms in prayer position and keep your forearms parallel to the floor. Garland pose will help you stretch the ankles, groins and back.
5. Half gas release pose: With better digestion comes better energy, and for better digestion exercise is a must. While we travel we are haunted by the digestion related problems. Worry no more. Do this simple pose that will help better digestion. This pose compresses the ascending colon on the right side and the descending colon on the left, stimulating the nerves to help elimination. First hug your right knee in toward the right side of the ribcage. Keep pressing your straight left leg into the earth as you hold your hands around the right shin to pull it closer to the earth. Hold for 1 or 2 minutes and then repeat on the other side. This will release the gas and help you get rid of the accumulated gases due to indigestion.
These yoga poses will surely rest your body and muscles and prepare you for a new day with great zeal and energy to enjoy the travel to the fullest.
Remember do not over do with your body. Every body has his/her own limitations and do not try to pull your way to that extra mile if your body doesn’t permit you to.
Stretch in your limits and see that the moves prove to fructify your travel and help you take care of yourself better. When the body is fit, the travel will never make it feel cranky.
Feel rejuvenated with the power of the YOGA.