Ready-Set-Jet with Charlotte Dodson
6/02/2013 9:22:53 AM
We know from experience that aeroplane travel can be hugely stressful – hey, sitting in one chair for hours on end is enough to get any girl down, no matter how many girly movies you watch! Because we want you all sitting pretty while flying high, we caught up with Miranda Kerr’s Yoga teacher, Charlotte Dodson again to get some top travel advice! As always the lovely Charlotte was more than happy to give us a hand and has put together a few tips and tricks to help us lucky Glam Girls land stress-free and ready to take on a new country!
source: cnn.com, etihad.com
Charlotte’s first yoga pose: ‘The Seated Spinal Twist’
(Ardha Matsyendrasana – variation) is perfect for travelling beauties because it can be practised right from your plane seat and helps to alleviate stresses and strains by getting stuck into those extra tight areas and knots!
Start at the edge of your seat. Gently draw your right knee over your left knee. Bring your left hand onto your right knee and place your left hand onto the arm rest. Keep your spine elongated and chin tucked into your throat. As you inhale, keep your spine long, and turn further towards your right side on your exhale. Breathe deeply for 5 breaths before repeating to the other side.
For Charlotte’s second pose: ‘Standing forward bend’ (Uttanasana):
You’re going to need to wait until the seatbelt signs have been switched off (we wouldn’t want you getting in trouble), so you can stand in the aisle!
Stand with your feet hip distant apart, (from your hips) tilt forward with knees bent to protect your lower back. Hang off your hips, letting your neck, face and eyes relax. Just let your arms hang down, placing one hand onto each elbow. Press your feet firmly into the floor to stabilise and keep you grounded. Breathe deeply for about 10 breaths. To come up to standing, roll up slowly with knees soft.
Now you’ve got your yoga poses perfected here are Charlotte’s 5 bonus tips for staying healthy and limber while travelling:
- BREATHE! – The most effective way to oxygenate your blood, boost your metabolism, and prepare yourself for the journey ahead, is to breathe deeply (1-2-3-4-5 counts, on both inhale and exhale). This works wonders especially if you’re feeling nervous or anxious before or on a flight.
- Stretch those pins and take a stroll around the cabin.
- Stay hydrated – my personal favourite way of staying hydrated is by drinking coconut water.
- Get plenty of shut-eye – it’s called beauty sleep for a reason!
- Choose wisely – when it comes to meal options, always opt for fresh (organic where available) light meals, salads and raw/steamed veggies – it’ll keep your figure shaped-up and you’ll feel energised throughout your travels.
“By practising these forms of yoga on a regular basis – when both travelling and in your everyday environment – your body will stay truly healthy as you embrace and live life, ‘from NZ to the world’. Namaste (bow)” – Charlotte.