3 yoga poses for when you’re on a plane

Yoga. Hailed for its many health benefits, it's also a great way to release some of the tension you might get when sitting on a plane for hours. Whether you're a frequent business traveller or planning your next holiday getaway, these three poses will help you arrive relaxed and well-stretched!

Give your spine a break with a spinal twist.

1. Spinal twist

To give your spine a break, sit upright in your seat, feet on the floor. Put your left hand on the seat (behind your left hip), place your right hand on your left knee and as you inhale, slowly lift up through your spine and chest.

Take care not to disturb passengers as you now twist slowly to your left to look over your shoulder. Breathe for a few seconds in this pose and come out of the twist as you exhale. Now, reverse the movement and place your right hand behind your hip to find a stretch in the other direction.

2. Seated cat cow

A great asana for your back and abdominal muscles, seated cat cow can also help release emotional tension.

Begin with feet and hips aligned as you sit on the edge of your seat. Rest your hands on top of your thighs, take a deep breath in and roll your shoulders back. Your chest should move upwards and outwards and you can tilt your head towards the back of your seat as well.

As you exhale, look at your nose and move the spine forward – like you're rolling into a ball. Continue to move in this cat cow motion for at least 10 breath cycles.

3. Neck release

Breathe deeply as you sit upright and lean your left ear to the left shoulder. Place your left arm around the side of your head and touch the right cheek to intensify this position. Hold here for 10 seconds and then release.

Slowly roll your head forward to bring chin and chest closer together before moving to the right side. Lean your right ear toward the right shoulder, as you did before. To have a deeper stretch, wrap your arm around the left side of your head this time and breathe deeply.

Repeat this movement for as long as feels good.

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