Traveling is an ordeal in itself. I love traveling but not the hours spent in an airport or bus terminal. I try to waste my time, just like other 20-somethings would do, with my face in a device connected to sweet, ever-flowing WiFi.
However, sweet ever-flowing WiFi is not available in all airports, which is all the more reason to do yoga.
I grow tired from the lack of excitement in my Facebook feed. I have an hour (or more) until my flight. I decide, “Why not? Let’s do yoga.”
There’s no need to be a yoga guru to master yoga at the airport, you must simply be a tired, bored prisoner of the airport terminals. You may even lack the experience or might be a bit shy to whip into your best handstand, but there’s no need to fear. If you are in any of THESE airports with a yoga room, you’re a lucky dog. Now for the rest of us unlucky people, this list allows us to experience the relaxation of yoga while still staying under the radar.
1. Neck Rolls
Roll the neck slowly circling in one direction and then the other. NEVER pull with your hand for a deeper stretch.
Lotus is basically sitting Indian style. Lengthen the spine. Place your palms either up or down on your knees.
Close your eyes while in lotus (or keep one eye on your carry-on bag!). Now, clear your mind. Think about what you are grateful for. Feel the gratitude.
4. Spinal Twists
A spinal twist can be done in a chair or the ground in lotus. NEVER jerk into a twist for a deeper twist or a pop of the back. On the inhale lengthen your spine and on the exhale deepen the twist. You will get further that way.
Caterpillar is a great hamstring stretch. Don’t feel like a stiff piece of airplane food if you can’t reach your toes. Just enjoy the stretch.
Ok, I know I told you this stuff would not bring the attention of others your way and your handstand practice won’t if you have an eye for walls to secretly practice your handstand on. I have found plenty a great nook to practice my handstand. By looking for a nook to practice, you have successfully wasted another 20 minutes. Go you! If you are a beginner and are completely terrified of a handstand, pretend this was never here.
Cobbler pose is widely known as butterfly. Now, fly away (oh yeah, sorry, you can’t).
8. Standing Forward Bend
Oh, the good standing forward bend does! Standing forward bend will relieve your tension in your shoulders and neck.
9. Eagle Arms
Eagle arms are great for opening up the upper back. Start with your arms open wide with your palms up. Bring your right arm underneath your left and twist your arms together, bringing the palms together. No need to be perfect with your palms, focus more on you back. Lift your eagle arms for a deeper stretch. Switch with the left arm underneath your right.
10. Cow Face Arms
You probably have attempted to do cow face arms at least once in your life. Don’t worry about binding your hands together. Reach as far as you can, that’s all yoga ever asks!
11. Shoulder Opener
The shoulder opener only asks for clasped hands behind the back and opening of the chest. Remember this one while you’re on the plane!
12. Lateral Stretch
Sitting in a chair or lotus, place one hand on the ground while the other stretches up and over. A lateral stretch is great to do before a flight when you are stuck between an arm rest stealer and a leaning sleeper.
You have officially mastered the art of airport yoga. Go! Bring your wisdom and peace to your flight and your destination! Fear not for lost baggage or a bumpy landing, you are now in a state of relaxation… if only that baby would stop crying.
Until your next exciting stay at an airport,