As a development professional, I spend a lot of time on the
road. Today alone, I clocked 12 hours in the car and drove through four states.
So I thought I’d share these yoga poses that will provide renewal and refreshed
circulation for business travelers and road-trippers alike after spending long
hours on the road.
1. Firelog (or Double Pigeon Pose)
After long hours in the car – whether you’re driving or just sitting – your legs will begin to feel tired and you’ll need movement to improve circulation.
This simple hip opener will give your legs and hips a much needed stretch, and you’ll be able to feel the release in your lower back too.
2. Eagle Arms In Seated Position
When we drive, we have a tendency to lean forward and hunch over the steering wheel. This posture can cause tightness in the neck, shoulders, and back.
By holding the arms in Eagle pose, for five breaths on each side, you will be able to alleviate the tension in your neck, shoulders, and back as well as give them a much-needed stretch.
3. Marichysana III (or Marichi’s Pose)
Muscles can feel stiff and stagnant from facing one direction for a prolonged period. Incorporating a twist is a great way to introduce gentle movement back into your back, legs, and hips.
Be sure to imagine your spine twisting upwards as you deepen the pose through your exhale.
4. Cat and Cow Pose
It is easy to get stuck in one position wherever your tailbone and sacrum naturally fall when you are seated driving.
The smooth transition between Cat and Cow poses will stretch neck, back, and shoulder muscles, as well as bring back needed mobility to the lower back, shoulders, and core.
We all know Child’s pose is an all-around amazing resting pose. But for a Thread the Needle variation, find opening in the shoulders and space around either side of the spine.
Spend five breaths with your arm extended underneath the other then do the same on the other side. This way, you’ll get the perks of this restorative pose but with a twist – literally.
Bonus: When you take your stop to fill up at the pump, find your Warrior I to access your hip flexor while you restore your tank.
Regardless of yoga poses, try to change positions once every 30 minutes to maximize circulation. Don’t forget to have fun on the road! Just because you have a clear destination in mind doesn’t mean you should forget about the journey. Notice the colors, the foliage, and where the sun (or moon) is in the sky!
Article Source: www.doyouyoga.com
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