Guest Post by Manmohan Singh- Yogi, Yoga Teacher
Trotting the globe induces feeling of contentment and happiness as we experience the world outside our shell. Travelling ensures peace of mind and invites new experiences, adventures and memories that last a lifetime. It opens up our mind and helps us think from new perspective and angles. Travel is a form of escape for the mind and body, that broadens our horizon and helps connect people from different walks of life
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”
– Gustave Flaubert
Traveling is exciting and fun but spending hours in the airport lines or crammed up public transport can be tiring. Waiting for trains or taxis with heavy bags can become irritating eventually. The lack of sleep and not getting comfortable pillows or mattress as per our requirements add up to the frustration. Especially, if you’re on trekking tours in India or Nepal, and hiking through the rough and uneven terrains, your legs might swell up and the muscles eventually start to hurt.
This soreness and frustration spoils the mood and makes us irritable throughout. Yoga can be helpful at such times and uplifts our physical and mental stamina, enabling us to make the most of our trip. Adding a little yoga can help bring our body back into alignment and uplift the mood. Just a few minutes is only what is required to get the blood flowing again and re-energize those muscles. Incorporating yoga in your travel might sound tiring, but in reality, it’s not. In fact, it helps stress out and calm the body and mind. If you’re planning to go for Everest base camp trekking or some other strenuous trek, it is important to pay attention to your fitness and add some yoga poses for an effortless and enjoyable trek.
Here are some of the best yoga poses to relax your mind while travelling:
- Natrajasana (Dancer’s pose)
The name of this pose represents Lord Shiva as a cosmic dancer. Dancer’s pose help strengthen and lengthen the ankles, legs, thighs, chest, abdomen, and hips. This is a balancing pose that also enhances flexibility of the spine and hamstrings while burning calories.
- Start by grounding yourself in the mountain pose.
- Transfer your weight to the right foot and slightly bend your left knee.
- With firm balance on your right foot and inhalation, bend the left foot behind you and catch the ankle with your left hand.
- Extend the right hand forward, shifting the weight of your torso ahead.
- Focus on the extended arm for 1 minute and repeat the same on other side.
- AdhoMukhaSvanasana (Downward-Facing dog)
This is popular yoga pose is perfect for overall stretching of the body including arms, shoulder, hamstring, and calves. This pose works miraculously for the spine and strengthens the back. The downward-facing dog also promotes a better flow of blood to the brain which produces a feeling of relaxation.
- With your knees below your hips and hands slightly ahead of your shoulder, place your hand and knees on the ground.
- As you exhale, lift your knees up from the ground.
- Straighten your tail bone away from your pelvis as you lift your sitting bones up.
- While exhaling, push your top thighs back and stretch your heel on the floor, keeping your knees straight.
- Firm your hands, thighs and toes and maintain this position for 1-3 minutes.
- Ashta Chandrasana (High Crescent Lunge)
Increase balance and flexible stability with this asana. Also known as the warrior pose, it stretches groin, legs, and hip flexors while opening up the chest. High Crescent lunge integrates the various muscles of the body and relaxes them.
- Start from Downward-dog pose and bring your right foot close to the palms.
- Make sure the right knee is aligned with the left foot at an angle of 90 degrees.
- Keeping your left leg firm, inhale and raise your torso upwards.
- Simultaneously extend your arms upward.
- Avoid overarching the lower back and gaze at up towards your thumb.
- Maintain this pose for 1 minute and repeat by taking the left foot forward.
- Bhujangasana (Cobra pose)
Invigorate your heart, reduce lower back stiffness, improve flexibility, and elevate your mood with Bhujangasana. This is the 7th pose in Surya Namaskar and provides therapeutic effects for people suffering from asthma
- Lay prone on the floor with your legs stretched and toes on the floor.
- Spread your hands under the shoulder on the mat.
- Firmly pressing the toes, thighs and abdomen on the floor, lengthen your arms with an inhalation to lift your chest.
- With arms fully stretched and chest making a curve, gaze at the ceiling.
- Maintain this pose a minute and slowly release.
Let Yoga take your aches and stress away so you can have a memorable experience. Bon Voyage!
Author Bio :
Manmohan Singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas and Trekking in India.