It’s finally Spring Break and it feels absolutely amazing to have the extra time to devote to all of my activities, especially yoga. I’ve been keeping up with it, and since I am going to be going on a college tour over the next 4 days, which will include taking six, SIX, flights, I thought it’d be a good idea to find some easy yoga moves that I could do within the confines of an airplane seat, which is seemingly constantly shrinking. Some simple yoga moves are perfect for long flights to help you relax, breathe, and focus.
As with almost every yoga pose, there are a multitude of variations that can be suited to fit an individual’s needs. Some poses even have chair, or sitting variations, and these can be perfect for a cramped airplane seat. Poses like Cat (Marjaryasana), Cow (Bitilasana), King Pigeon (Rajakapotasana), and Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana) can all be easily converted into a seated variation, as shown HERE. Combined with good posture and Ujjayi Pranayama breathing (which is used in Vinyasa Flow), these poses will work perfectly to stretch out the body. They are especially good for easing back pain or tightness, and will counteract uncomfortable, long stretches (no pun intended!) in an airplane.
Even though I’ll be away from my normal practice space and mat for a while, I hope to work these into my daily routine (as 3/4 days I will be going on 2 flights at a time!) and do some more of my regular yoga routine in my hotel rooms. As someone who is not a huge fan of flying, as you could probably tell, I’m hoping these altered poses will help to calm my discomfort, and relax myself enough to be productive while in the air.