You can greatly improve the way you feel on long car trips by taking the time to enjoy a little car yoga during your breaks.
Here’s a simple sequence you can enjoy:
- Standing hamstring stretch on car seat.
- Standing twist
- Wide legged forward fold
- Scissor twist
- Reverse plank
Sitting for long periods of time – whether that be in your car or at your desk – can lead to back pain, neck pain, hip pain and depleted energy.
Take just 5 easy breaths in each of these poses to work the kinks out.
The only equipment you need to practice car yoga is your body and your car.
- Open your car door and stand in front of it.
- Bring your heels together and point your toes 3 inches apart.
- Put your left foot on the car seat in front of you.
- Make sure your knee cap and toes are pointed straight up.
- Drive your heel into the car seat as you lift your kneecap and draw your knee towards your hip.
- Bring your arms over your head.
- Wrap your shoulders by rotating the inside edge out and the outside edge in.
- Lift the pit of your abdomen. Breathe!
- Repeat on the other side.
- Keeping your foot and leg position from the hamstring stretch, reach your right arm towards the roof of your car.
- Bring your left arm behind you, thumb up, palm facing away.
- Focus the rotation in your core, keeping your chin over the center of your sternum.
- Bring your front ribs forward and pull your back ribs back.
- Drive weight into the back edge of your back foot as you drive your front foot into the car seat, accelerating the hamstring stretch.
- Shut the car door.
- Stand to the side of your car bringing your feet wider than your hips.
- Turn your toes pigeon toed.
- Fold from your hips and put your hands on the side of your car.
- Tilt your tailbone up as you lift the pit of your abdomen.
- Press down on the outside edge of your legs as you lift from the inside edge of your legs.
- Breathe as you lengthen.
- Stand next to the side of your car.
- Bring the foot closest to your car in front.
- Bring your front foot in line with your back heel.
- Bring the arm closest to your car in back of you parallel to the ground.
- Bring your front arm onto the car in front of you.
- Keep your chin over the center of your sternum.
- Press down through your feet as you rotate your front ribs forward as you pull your back ribs back.
- Open your car door.
- Sit on the side of your car seat facing out the door.
- Bring your hands on either side of the car seat.
- Bring your legs out the door with your feet parallel.
- Lift up, squeezing the back side of your body.
- Lift and spread your chest as you breathe deeply.
- Shut your car door.
- Stand to the side of your car.
- Bring the foot closest to your car in front, bring your other foot back, lining up your front heel with your back heel.
- Tilt forward over your front hip, placing your front hand on the side of your shin.
- Lift the back arm up.
- Rotate your bottom ribs forward as you pull your top ribs back.
- Bring your right elbow underneath your left elbow and press your elbows together.
- With your feet together, sit in a chair position.
- Then swing your left leg over your right, squeezing your inner thighs together.
- Relax your eyes and breathe.
What’s so healthy about this sequence?
- Stretch your back, hips, legs, neck and shoulders and all the joints that tend to get cramped on a long car trip.
- Increase the flow of oxygen throughout your whole body.
- Relax your eyes after focusing on the road.
- Restore balance to your posture after sitting in a cramped car seat.
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