A little asana and meditation can be the perfect antidote to summer-travel angst and aches.
A little asana and meditation can be the perfect antidote to summer-travel angst and aches. Enter the growing number of US airports offering yoga and meditation. JetBlue recently held free one-hour yoga classes at JFK International Airport. Chicago, San Francisco, Dallas/Fort Worth, and Burlington international airports have all added dedicated yoga spaces—complete with complimentary mats—to their departure areas. And the Albuquerque and San Diego airports offer meditation spaces.
No yoga room at your airport? No problem. Internationally renowned yoga teacher Annie Carpenter shares her favorite do-anywhere pre- and post-flight poses:
Sucirandhrasana (Eye-of-the-Needle Pose) while seated, to stretch your hip rotators and outer thighs, and relieve low-back tension. Do this in-flight, too, if you have the legroom.
While waiting for your luggage, put one foot on the baggage-carousel edge or a chair and do a modified Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose) to open your hamstrings.