Traveling, especially by air, can wreak havoc on your posture and your mental state, not to mention your energy body. Not familiar with your energy body? Think of a time when you felt spacy, anxious, or generally unsettled after traveling. Many yogis believe that such a state occurs when there is too much upward-moving energy in the body, which leads to a sense of imbalance. "My teacher John Friend believes that travel results in decreased apana vayu, the downward-moving, or rooting, energy of prana," says Anusara Yoga teacher Ross Rayburn. To mitigate the negative effects of a long journey, Rayburn designed the following sequence to root your energy down, which will help you feel physically strong, mentally clear, and energetically balanced. "As you do this practice, cultivate a slow, deep, even breath. On slow inhalations, focus on rejuvenation, and on long exhalations, focus on steady groundedness," says Rayburn. "And focus on a peaceful image or thought so that your attitude grounds you as well." On the physical side, he advises that you anchor yourself in three primary ways: "Hug the muscles to the bones," he says, "like a warm embrace with the intention of insulating the body and making it feel secure"; move the thighbones back toward the hamstrings, which has a grounding effect on the body; and root the pelvis down toward the earth so the abdomen, low back, and upper body feel light.
Be Still: Sit for a few minutes in a comfortable cross-legged posture. Cultivate a breath that evokes calm, patient feelings, and think of situations or places that make you feel stable, grounded, and secure. Invoke: Chant Om or an invocation to connect to something bigger. Warm Up: Do three repetitions of Sun Salutation.
Home Practice With Ross Rayburn
Meditate: Sit for a short meditation. Focus on sending blessings to loved ones. Rest: Enjoy Savasana (Corpse Pose) for 5 to 10 minutes.