It’s time! Road trips, vacations, and retreats are on our radar. As many of my students and clients are already on the road and in the air, I thought I would share this series. I consider these three moves, used regularly in my yoga classes, travel essentials that will help to help you unfold yourself after a long drive, flight, or even unwind the kinks that work their way in from sleeping in an unfamiliar place.
Click on the photos for a little description of each pose and how it helps.
A daily essential to counter to much sitting at home or away. Keeping your hips back over your heels, hold one foot, ankle, or a pants cuff if you are very tight and stretch your bent knee to the floor as you reach your chest and head up to take a nice breath.
An arts-i-fied version of the daily essential thigh stretch shown previously in the gallery. You really can do yoga anywhere!
This is another pose I encourage for every day body balancing. Cross one ankle over the opposite knee and squat back while you keep your chest up. If balance is an issue this can easily be done sitting on the edge of a chair — great to do in the office too.
The smirk on my face is how I really feel about modeling —- but —- it’s a way I can share both yoga practice and arts practice —- so I do. See the description of the pose in the previous photo.
This is a great pose to stretch — well — almost everything. Step your feet wide and place them so they for a T (one foot rotated out – the other aiming straight forward). Lean in to a wall or tall stationary object for a nice side body stretch that allows you to breathe deeper while you stretch your legs too.
Description in previous photo.
B knows that yoga does a body good too.
me in my happy place – open sky – open heart
Cherry Blossom photo credit: http://www.juliedoranphotography.com
While our vacation is still a bit aways, I am looking ahead to our summer trip. Every two years we meet up with some dear friends at our favorite beach spot. Each morning I wake up as the sun rises so I can catch some quiet time for a daily practice in a space that matches the expansiveness and freedom that I feel inside when I practice yoga.