No matter how excited we may be for upcoming travel, I think it’s safe to say that no one actually enjoys the long and tedious plane ride itself.
We’re cramped in a tight space. We’re dehydrated and inundated with germs. Let’s face it, no matter how glamorous the resort may be when you arrive, the act of getting there isn’t really glamorous at all.
Swollen feet, achy backs, tight hips, and sore necks are simply not anyone’s cup of tea. So, how can we combat the dreaded plane ride while still enjoying all the benefits of the trip?
Yoga, of course! And, more specifically, airplane yoga.
Yoga is a practice that can be done anywhere, anytime.
While that may sound like an oxymoron to you, there really are so many yoga poses you can practice right in your plane seat!
Yoga on a plane can actually be far more accessible than you might think. You just have to get a little bit creative in your packed-like-sardines economy seat to see that yoga is a practice that can be done anywhere, anytime.
And luckily for us, it can make a plane ride a whole lot more enjoyable.
Practice These 9 Airplane Yoga Poses on Your Next Flight:
Depending on your level of flexibility, you can practice most or all of these yoga poses right in the . . . ahem . . . comfort of your plane seat!
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1. Half Easy Pose or Easy Pose
This simple pose offers more than meets the eye. After sitting for a long-time in a cramped space on a plane, this airplane yoga posture can help to loosen up tight hips and a cranky lower back right from your seat.
Depending on the length of your legs and how much space you have available in your seat, you may need to take the half variation of this pose. But you can still get all the same benefits.
How to practice on a plane:
- Center yourself on your seat
- Externally rotate your right leg and bend your knee so that it points toward your right
- Slide your right ankle toward your left thigh into a half cross-legged position
- Depending on how much space you have, either stay and hold as you are (and eventually switch sides) or do the same actions with your left leg to come into a full cross-legged position
- Soften the muscles of your hips and elongate your spine
- Hold for as long as it feels comfortable during your flight
- If you’d like to, switch the cross of your legs halfway through