01 Aug Summer Travel Poses
Summer Travel Poses You Can Do Anywhere
If you are planning to Hit the road for a summer vacation this year, there’s no need to take a break from your practice. Even if you’re travelling without a mat or don’t have the space to roll one out, you can still get your yoga fix and effectively stretch your whole body with these eight standing Travel Poses.
Separate your feet hip-width apart, bend your knees, and bring your chest to your thighs. Fold forward, grab opposite elbows, and settle into this pose for two to three minutes. While this pose may resemble Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana), which is an active stretch of the hamstrings, the goal in this yin pose is to dangle the upper body for a longer period of time to help release the lower back. So feel free to bend your knees if you wish
Garland Pose (Malasana)
From Dangle Pose, bend your knees and lower your hips into Garland Pose. Bring the palms of your hands together, and press your inner thighs back in space with your triceps. Keep your chest lifted and hold this pose for five breaths before slowly rising to a standing position.
Eagle pose (Garudasana)
Cross your right ankle over your left thigh, and flex your right foot to activate your leg muscles and protect the knee. Begin to sink your hips down into a squat, and extend your arms in front of you to aid balance. Hold this hip-opening pose for five breaths before rising back up and repeating on the opposite leg.
Lord of the Dance Pose (Natarajasana)
Stretch your entire front body while strengthening your legs and ankles in this standing balance pose. Focus on a stationary point a few feet in front of you to help find your balance, and kick your foot firmly into your hand to create the tension required to lift the leg higher and hold this posture. Raise the opposite arm toward the sky to assist in balance. Broaden across the collarbone, draw your shoulder blades toward each other, and lift your chest. Lord of the Dance Pose is a backbend and a one-legged balance all in one. Maintain your balance for five breaths, and then practice on the opposite side.
Standing Backbend (Anuvittasana)
Choose either of these standing backbends to stretch the chest and reverse the hunching that many of us do throughout the day. In the supported version of this pose, the hands are on the lower back, and in the deeper variation, the hands are actively reaching overhead. Both versions of the backbend will stretch the chest and lengthen the spine to relieve tension. Hold for five breaths.
Twisting Easy Pose
Yoga twists massage the internal organs, tone the belly, and flush toxins from the body. With the possibility of such amazing benefits, we had to include one strengthening twist in this sequence. Lift and lengthen your spine with each inhalation and twist from the tummy with each exhalation. Hold this pose for five breaths before twisting to the opposite side.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend
In this variation of a Wide-Legged Forward Bend, not only will you stretch your hamstrings, but you will also get a great stretch across your shoulders and chest. Open your legs 3–4 feet apart, clasping your hands behind your back. Keep your feet parallel as you hinge from the hips, and allow your clasped hands to fall forward for the deepest shoulder and chest stretch. Depending on your flexibility, your head may rest on the mat. Hold for five breaths before releasing the pose.
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