Zen Travel: Yoga Studio + Airport = #BigWin for Traveling Yogis

Travel & Yoga. What a perfect combination. Venturing to far off lands. Deepening your understanding of your surroundings with the soothing & powerful practice of Yoga. But what if it was Business Travel & Yoga. The Yin & Yang of two opposite worlds colliding. Stress coupled with the intense yearning for physical & mental relaxation.

Yoga Room Signage in San Francisco International Airport

Relax passengers between flights? Help them find balance in the crazy world of travel? How wonderful!,” said nurse consultant Anya Clowers of JetwithComfort.com.

Traveling, let along business travel, is far from an easy trip..literally. The anxiety of long security lines, impatient passengers, babies crying, five hour nonstop flights, the dreaded middle seat, & the constant entrapment in your 17″ space. One particular airport in CYS’s own backyard, San Francisco International Airport, has pioneered the first yoga studio in Terminal 2 for travelers looking to get their Om on before, between, or after flights.

SFO Terminal 2 Yoga Room

Not that the strange looks from fellow travelers were enough to stop California Yoga Sport from whipping out a headstand before a long flight, however now traveling yogis can enjoy a quiet peaceful space to unroll their mats & zen out for a moment before their connection.

CYS understands the extreme benefits that yoga can have on an aching traveling body & want you to get the most out of that 15-30 minute layover to help stretch you out, not stress you out.

Try these few postures during your next flight, whether at SFO’s yoga room or at any Gate, to increase blood flow to those much needed areas.

Seated Forward Fold

Seated Forward Fold – Helps to relieve stress in the neck, lessons tension in the hips and lower back caused by lengthy sitting.

Inhale, stretch your arms out in front of you. Fold your hands and interlace your fingers, then exhale and stretch your arms up overhead. Draw the inner groins deep into the pelvis. Inhale, and keeping the front torso long & your fingers still interlaced, lean forward from the hip joints, not the waist. Lengthen the tailbone away from the back of your pelvis. Always lengthen the front torso into the pose, keeping your head raised. If you are holding the feet, bend the elbows out to the sides and lift them away from the floor. Take several deep breaths with your mouth closed or aim to hold for a minute or so. Then inhale and release the whole stretch on an exhale. Repeat. (If you are up in the air, try the first part of the stretch by folding your hands interlacing the fingers & stretching your arms over head, reverse your hands to face palms out & in to help with blood flow).

Seated Back Stretch -Helps stretch the back of your body.

Grab your knees with your hands. On an exhalation, pull against your knees with your hands, curl forward, rounding your spine and pushing your back into the back of your seat (if you are on the flight be sure the seat-back tray in front of you is up!). Drop your head forward and press your chin into your chest. Pull your shoulders up around your ears and round them forward, tighten the belly, pull your heels back toward the bottom of your seat and lift your toes. Feel the stretch all the way from your shoulders to your feet. Repeat.

Seated Spinal Twist

Seated Spinal Twist -Helps to stretch and strengthen the sides of the body.

Put your right ankle on your left knee in a cross-legged position. Inhale deeply and grab your right knee with your left hand. Lean forward slightly and take hold of the arm rest to your right with your right hand, then exhale deeply and twist as far as you can to the right. Inhale again and as you exhale, pull with your left hand and reach your right arm up in the air. Push your right shoulder back, and look back over your right shoulder. Pull your belly in and take three big conscious breaths with your mouth closed. Repeat.

Pigeon Pose –Helps stretch the thighs, groins, psoas, abdomen, chest, shoulders, & neck. Plus it feels damn good!

Slide your right knee forward to the back of your right wrist; at the same time angle your right shin under your torso and bring your right foot to the front of your left knee. The outside of your right shin will now rest on the floor. Slowly slide your left leg back, straightening the knee and descending the front of the thigh to the floor. Lower the outside of your right buttock to the floor. Position the right heel just in front of the left hip. Hold for several breaths & switch sides.

*Good thing there’s an App for that! Check out Yoga Journals’ iPractice App available for the Iphone/Ipad to help guide you through a sequence of yoga postures.

NYT Article on Yoga & Traveling

Be sure to try out any or all of these yoga postures to stretch & strengthen either mid flight or mid trip next time you find yourself on a plane or in SFO’s new Yoga Room. We know that for us here at California Yoga Sport this type of amenity now offered at airports could be a #BigWin for the yoga community & create greater awareness of people’s desire for health, wellness, & relaxation in anxiety filled environments such as airports.

Namaste Terminal 2

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One Comment on “Zen Travel: Yoga Studio + Airport = #BigWin for Traveling Yogis”

  1. February 5, 2012 at 1:14 PM #

    Reblogged this on Your Beautiful Child and commented:
    Perfection! let the whole world ohmmmmmmmmm

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