Yoga can be a great activity that benefits your body and your mind. Like meditation, yoga puts you in a calm state of mind while stretching and relaxing your body. When you’re stuck on the road for hours at a time, your body can become stiff and sore. Have you ever felt muscle soreness from sitting down too much at the office or at school? Yoga can help reduce that muscle soreness. Yoga can also help reduce the chance of pulling a muscle by moving after sitting for so long. There is yoga you can do in a parked car or, if you can find a park or a beach, you can do these outside on your way to your destination. These yoga moves can also be done once you reach your hotel. The important part is that you do the moves; it doesn’t really matter where you are when you do them.
1. Mountain Pose
This yoga move can be done while sitting in a parked car. Simply close your eyes and focus on your breathing. With palms facing upwards, rest your hands by your sides or on your legs and push your shoulders down while feeling yourself lengthening from the crown of your head. Exhale and tilt your neck to the left or right to feel a slight stretch in your neck.
2. Pigeon Pose
Pigeon pose helps stretch your hips, outer thighs, and your lower back. Start by lifting your right leg to place your right ankle on your left knee. Your shin should be parallel with the dashboard. Flex the foot of your right leg to protect your knee. Exhale as you hinge forward with a straight back. This is when you should be feeling a stretch. Breathe, try to relax in this position, and remember to reverse sides.
3. Half Pigeon Pose
Similar to the Pigeon Pose, this yoga move stretches your hips, lower back, and hips, but this cannot be done in a car. In order to do the Half Pigeon Pose, start from Downward-Facing Dog and step your right foot to your left hand, bringing your right shin down and parallel to the front of the mat (or floor) as you lengthen your left leg behind you. Keep your hips squared to the floor, and walk your hands forward while lowering your torso to rest on the floor. Breathe into the outer hips and lower back. Hold for 5-8 breaths and repeat on the other side.
You should be doing regular body stretches whether you’re on the road or not, at any age, to improve or maintain your flexibility. Look up some simple yoga poses online that you can do in your home, and practice. Every expert was once a beginner, so don’t be afraid to try something new even if you’re awful at it at first.