SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE THAT YOGA REQUIRES SPECIAL CONDITIONS: A SPECIALLY EQUIPPED AREA, LOTS OF SPACE AND ABSOLUTE SILENCE. BUT THIS IS NOT THE CASE. YOGA CAN BE PRACTICED ON THE BUS, AT THE AIRPORT AND EVEN ON THE PLANE.
OF COURSE, WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT CHALLENGING EXERCISES THAT REQUIRE A HUGE AMOUNT OF SPACE AND THAT WILL EMBARRASS YOU IN FRONT OF THOSE AROUND YOU. WE OFFER THE SIMPLEST, BUT YET ALSO VERY EFFECTIVE, WAYS TO RESTORE PHYSICAL COMFORT AFTER A LONG AND STRESSFUL FLIGHT.
- helps to reduce muscle tension;
- improves blood circulation;
- helps your mind to relax and soothes your entire nervous system;
- reduces anxiety;
- can make you feel fresh, active and full of energy on your landing.
Sitting still for hours even in the most comfortable seat, has a negative effect on the human body – proper blood circulation is disrupted, muscles of the back and neck as well as your knees and feet become numb. Basic yoga exercises will ensure your good health and will make your journey more pleasant. You need a minimal space to do that – just within your seat.
YOGA POSE #1. SEATED BACK TWIST – TO RESTORE PROPER BLOOD CIRCULATION.
Sit upright on your seat with your feet on the floor. Place your right hand on your left knee and your left hand on the seat behind your left hip. Inhale and gently lift up your chest (keeping your back straight). Now twist slowly to your left so that you’re looking over your left shoulder.
Hold this position for a few seconds, keep breathing deeply and then as you exhale, gently twist slightly more by engaging your belly muscles more towards the left.
Leverage your right hand against your left knee to deepen the twist. Take eight-ten deep breaths.
Repeat on the other side.
YOGA POSE #2: SHOULDER SHRUGS – useful for muscles and spinal section of your neck and upper back.
Sit comfortably with your back against your seat and place a rolled-up blanket lengthwise along your spine, against the back of your seat. Inhale gently and then hold your breath. Lift your shoulders, while keeping your arms at rest.Squeeze the shoulders by pushing them closer to the ears and backwards (without straining yourself).As you exhale, squeeze your entire shoulder blades together and then bring them down.Repeat this yoga pose three times.
YOGA POSE #3. SEATED CAT POSE – to restore blood circulation in spine and to revive your body.
Sit on the edge of your seat. Keep a comfortable distance between the knees and your ankles in line with your knees.Place your hands on your thighs and as you inhale, tilt your pelvis and abdomen outward and allow your chest to arch up and forward. As you exhale, curl your pelvis inwards and backwards, arching your spine outwards, lower your chin as your chest moves inwards.Repeat this yoga posture four-six times.
It is essential, of course, that you are aware of you neighbour during your exercises and that you do not bother them. If you have any health problems, you should consult with your doctor before doing yoga. Remember to drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.
We wish you health and a comfortable flight!