Yoga for people on the go

July 8, 2009 4:55:22 PM PDT
Moves that you can do while traveling on a bus, a plane or anywhere you need to be.

Five yoga poses for travel

  1. Lunge
  2. Arm Stretch
  3. Shoulder Stretch
  4. Triangle
  5. Twist
LASTT: Use this acronym to remember the poses and make your energy LASTT for the trip!

  • Long Trip Leg lunge: Stand in the aisle and stretch one leg back. Bend the front knee. Use seats or armrests for support.

  • Planes, Trains and Automobiles Arms Stretch: Reach arms up, bend one elbow, and use the other hand to press that elbow towards the back of the head.

  • Summer Vacation Shoulder Stretch: Slowly roll shoulders forward several times, then back several times. Seated or standing.

  • Traveler's Triangle: Stand in the aisle facing the windows. Step feet about 4 feet or so apart. Stretch arms out wide, move hips back, and tilt the torso until your bottom arm finds an armrest.

  • Jet Setter's Torso Twist: Seated or standing, twist torso to one side, then the other.

    Tips

  • Try to get an aisle seat so you can move about more freely.

  • Don't use the aisles during meal or drink service.

  • It can be intimidating to do yoga in public. Make a joke about it or invite your seatmates to join you!

  • Remember many airports have chapels and meditation rooms you can use for more space and privacy-even SFO! Also seek out empty gates for stretching.

  • Use the breath to support all of your poses. Long, deep breaths are key to all yoga poses.

    About Lisa Maria
    Author and yoga teacher Lisa Maria is passionate about the power of yoga to awaken and reveal the vibrant life force that lives within us all. She jumped at the opportunity to align with YogaWorks to spread yoga to as many people as possible. As YW's workshop director, Lisa creates events for people of all backgrounds to explore the many flavors of yoga. Her on camera media experience includes modeling for Getty Images, City Lights Clothing, Lululemon Athletica and the cover of Tataasthu magazine, plus multiple appearances on ABC's View from the Bay. Off camera, Lisa's articles have been published in Yoga Journal, Fit Yoga, Yoga Magazine UK and Yogi Times, as well as in her former column in Common Ground. Her biography of Oprah Winfrey for children will be published in January 2010.

    About Yoga Works
    For over 20 years, YogaWorks has been dedicated to making yoga accessible to as many people as possible. Currently, YogaWorks has three locations in San Francisco, with a fourth, gorgeous studio opening in Walnut Creek in March 2009. YogaWorks allows people of all ages and skill levels to have access to quality yoga taught by the most skilled yogis in the business. YogaWorks brings together authenticity and innovation in an unprecedented way, transforming yoga into an experience that fits into your life and your schedule. YogaWorks also offers a renowned Teacher Training Program and has mentored some of the world's leading yogis.
    Website: http://www.yogaworks.com

    YogaWorks Walnut Creek is located at 1131 Locust Street, Walnut Creek, California and officially opened on May 22, 2009. To reach the studio, please contact 928.478.7272 or walnutcreek@yogaworks.com.


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