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Krissy Jones, co-owner of Sky Ting Yoga, shares tips for the best revitalizing postures to practice while traveling.
Yoga can help alleviate the aches and pains that tend to pop up when you’re on the road. Any chance you get, focus on lengthening the lumbar spine, which gets compressed after hours spent sitting slumped on an airplane or in a car, a posture that can really sap your energy.
Try five minutes of Cat–Cow Pose to extend and stretch your lower back. Also, try hanging in Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend): Place your feet parallel and hip-distance apart, bend your knees slightly, and lower your head toward the floor, grabbing opposite elbows and allowing the weight of your head to create space between your vertebrae. Gently sway side-to-side here for two to three minutes.
To make longer practices more feasible once you’ve reached your destination, pack a lightweight yoga mat. Don’t have your entire practice memorized? Take a free 20 to 30 minute class at yogajournal.com.