“Never too bad, never too late, never too old, never too sick to start experiencing the most therapeutic yoga routine.” – Bikram Choudhury
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For those of us who travel often, we are not foreign to these discomforts: backache, jetlag, stiff neck and the like.
After a long flight or drive, physically, the muscles of the body begin to tighten up while mentally, the mind starts to get tired and exhausted. I used to battle with many of these discomforts until I incorporated yoga in my travel trips. The misconception here is that yoga is for contortionists or for ultra-flexible people, or for hobos whose minds are stuck in the other world. The truth is, yoga is for everyone, young or old, and even more essential for those who lead a busy, hectic life.
Standing forward fold is a simple pose that will take at most 5 minutes of your time in a day. Forward fold is an inversion, in which the heart is elevated over the head. This serves to balance the heart and the mind. The posture stretches entire backside of body, elongates the spine, and increases flexibility. Internally, it massages the organs and tones the liver, spleen, and kidneys. In forward fold, blood circulation is increased to the legs, torso, and brain.
This also serves as a relaxation pose – simply melt down, and let gravity do its work. With each exhalation, release a little more into the forward bend. If possible, bring your palms to your feet, or the back of your ankles.
Try this and sooth away the stresses of travel in your next travel trip!