Yoga Poses For Jet Lag
Tree (Vrksasana) Pose
If you’ve spent hours traveling in a seated position you know how delightful it is to finally….stand! Tree pose is an excellent pose to try post travel or while you are waiting to catch a connecting flight. This pose strengthens the legs and spine while stretching the groin, inner thighs, chest and shoulders. It also calms the Central Nervous System and offers grounding which between travel and time zone differences feels soothing and nurturing to the body, mind and spirit.
Eagle (Garudasana) Pose
I don’t know about you but sleeping on flights, hunching over the airplane tray, curling into a ball so my kids can stretch out and sleep...takes a toll on my posture while traveling. Eagle pose helps open up the chest while stretching the shoulders, thighs and hips...all parts of the body that can become tight during travel. Eagle pose also gives a boost to the immune system and energizes the chakras which can help the body stay balanced and healthy.
Downdog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) Pose
This one might be my favorite to practice during travel and really any chance I can get in between travel destinations. I’ve been known to bust this pose out while waiting for the airplane bathroom despite many funny looks (but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?!) This delicious pose offers a whole body rejuvenating and restorative stretch, aids in circulation (essential for long flights), increases lung capacity to keep you energized and present. You know that zombie-like feeling that comes with jet lag? This pose can really help re-invigorate you so you can adjust to your new normal sans Zombie brain.
Wide-Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana) Pose
This pose lengthens the spine and stretches the backs of the legs and the back muscles which feels heavenly after sitting for long periods of time. I sometimes like to clasp my hands behind my back and lift them above my head for an extra shoulder opening. This inversion pose (where your head is below your heart) also helps to increase circulation and detoxify the body. It invites calm and presence to handle the unexpected unknowns that arise on any adventure!
Fire Log (Agnistambhasana) Pose
Where are my sciatic sisters at? You will love this pose! Fire Log Pose stretches the hips, particularly the piriformis, which is often the main culprit of sciatic pain. This pose also helps soothe anxiety, tension and stress which can stumble upon any adventurer’s path. Fire Log is a must pose for me that I return to again and again while traveling and really everyday. My hips (and yours) will thank you, I promise!
Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) Pose
This pose offers an energizing boost when you're transitioning time zones and recovering from jet lag. Bridge pose helps to lower blood pressure, relieve stress and offers a nurturing and therapeutic vibe (who doesn’t need that after a full day(s) of travel)!
Each of these poses offer unique benefits that will aid, support and nurture your body mind and spirit on your journey. Give them a try the next time you are traveling and let us know how they helped you and your adventures!