Moving your Body after Travel

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Traveling by plane is hard on your body. There is a whole lot of sitting in a tiny space. You are way up in the earth’s atmosphere traveling at a ridiculous speed and it feels like your spine and brain are being compressed and your body fluid is being evaporated!! I always feel like my body stops working properly after I’ve been on a plane, my muscles and joints are achy and stiff, I have an endless hunger combined with slowed digestion and feel super dehydrated. What you want to do after a flight, or sitting for long periods of time, is move in the opposite direction that you have been sitting in. Below, I will be guiding you through these movements in pictures. Use these poses daily, even if you weren’t just on a plane. Sitting in general makes our body move more towards sickness and less towards health, so keep your momentum positioned towards health…no pun intended.

 

Child’s Pose:Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together, sit on your heals, then separate your knees about as wide as your hips. With each breath, try to sink deeper into this relaxed position. Hold for 1 – 3 minutes. This is a great position to release your hips and stretch your entire spine before moving into other poses. IMG_20150202_164521998
Cow Pose: 

Start with a table top pose (all fours), position wrists under shoulders and knees underneath hips. Drop your belly, keeping abdominal muscles hugging your spine. Gaze up toward the ceiling.

Repeat the cat-cow pose on each inhale and exhale, matching the movement to your own breath.

Continue for 5-10 breathes.

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Cat Pose: 

Round your spine, drop your head, and gaze toward your navel.

The cow and cat pose are AMAZING to reboot your digestive organs and wake your spine and brain up after long hours of sitting.

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Upward Dog:

Begin lying face down on your mat with toes pointing away from your body. Place your hands, palm side down, next to your shoulders. Pressing your palms into the floor, straighten your arms and lift your torso, keeping your arms tight to your sides. This movement opens your chest and strengthens your arms and shoulders, taking pressure off of your neck and spine.  IMG_20150202_164837891
 Thread the Needle: 

On your hands and knees in Table pose, slide the right hand between the left hand and left knee. Slide the arm all the way out to the left so that the right shoulder and side of the head rest comfortably on the floor.   Breath and hold for 3-6 seconds release and repeat on opposite side. This is great for stretching out your shoulders and activating your spine after long periods of sitting.

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