The good news: Walking 20 feet to the restroom once a flight doesn’t have to suffice as your only workout. Fitness experts say plenty of in-flight exercises are possible – perhaps none better than yoga, which can keep you feeling happy, healthy and limber while you’re in an awfully cramped space.
“The beauty of yoga is that it comes to you, wherever you are, including when traveling on an aircraft,” says Charlotte Dodson, a celebrity yoga teacher who’s based in Australia but has studied in London, India and New York. “It’ll stretch out your muscles, massage all your internal organs, improve circulation and relieve you from any nervousness or anxiety you may experience during your flight.”
In an interview with U.S. News, Dodson shared her favorite in-flight yoga moves – from how to do them to how they’ll help you.
Pose: Seated spinal twist.
Purpose: Balance and center.
Location: In your seat.
Benefit: This pose brings your mind and body back to center, Dodson says. She likes that it helps you unravel from daily stress, soothing knots and tight areas while alleviating strain. “As we twist and turn, it empties and releases your belly, creating lightness and allowing you to get deeper into your practice,” she says.
How to do it: When you’re perched at the edge of your seat, draw your right knee over your left knee by crossing your legs, and place your left hand onto your right knee. Your right hand can stay on the armrest. Keep your spine elongated and your chin tucked into your throat. As you inhale, keep your spine long, and turn toward your right side while exhaling, says Dodson, who’s taught the likes of Miranda Kerr and Orlando Bloom. Your head should look over your right shoulder. Breathe deeply five times, and then repeat on the other side.
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