Combining practice yoga and travel in the first days of the year to prepare yourself mentally to experience new lands, inspire and awaken energy is the idea of many yogis today. Find out with Olaben to explore the 5 relaxing yoga poses below!
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Effects: Enhances balance and concentration, maintains a peaceful, relaxed mood. Strengthen your legs and spine as you travel a lot. The natural surroundings help you perform this pose more effectively.
How to do:
- Start with standing yoga posture, with your arms at your sides. Feel both your feet root into the floor.
- Put body weight on left leg, right leg gradually bent; Right foot rests on the inner thigh of left leg. You can start with your ankle and lift it up if you are not used to it.
- Palms facing each other, placed in front of chest in prayer position. Inhale, raise your arms above your head. Hold this position for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
Extended Side Angle Pose
Effects: The internal organs will feel the slight external pressure, stimulating the detoxification process, helping the cardiovascular system stay healthy and stable for your trip.
How to do:
- Start with Mountain Pose. Put the legs on the floor together, then knees bent, keeping in the squatting position.
- Put your right arm around your left thigh so that the right palm touches the mat next to your left leg.
- Reach left hand towards the ceiling, shoulders aligned, eyes upwards following hand raised. The knees remain parallel.
- Inhale and put weight on your feet, then return to the starting position. Exhale and repeat on the opposite side.
Seated Twist Pose
Effects: This is an ideal position to help warm the body, improve blood circulation. It ensures that your body is ready for other yoga poses and for the whole journey.
How to do:
- Sit on a folded blanket, legs straight out in front of you.
- Inhale and draw your knees up close to the chest, both feet on the floor.
- Drop your left leg down, resting the foot against the right buttock.
- Lift your right leg and place it over your left leg, knee toward the ceiling, right ankle by the left knee.
- Draw the right leg toward the body. Do this to whatever degree of comfort your body allows.
Inhale, and then on an exhale, bring the left elbow to the outside of the right knee as you twist toward the right.
- Hold the pose for 30 seconds, breathing slow and deep. Repeat on the other side.
Effects: As the name implies, this pose effectively relieves stress, boosts the mind, awakens all energies and senses. Also provides strength to arms, legs, abdomen and lower thighs.
How to do:
- Stand with your feet touching each other, hands down to your hips
- Bring your right leg forward, back left leg stretching back. Slowly bend your right knee.
- Gently lift the left leg up, not let the heel touch the floor. Hold the left foot as a post and lock in position.
- Exhale, straighten and lift your body up, slowly tilt your torso back to bend back.
Hold this position for as long as possible, breathe normally.
Exhale slowly, slowly withdraw your arms and legs back to the starting position. Repeat with the other leg.
Effects: Triangular posture helps stretch muscles, warm up both inside and outside the body. Unlike other poses, this pose requires you to keep your eyes open for balance. That is why it is suitable for travel.
How to do:
- Start with an upright position, extend your legs wide about 3-4 feet.
- Adjust right foot out perpendicular, left foot towards an angle less than about 15 degrees.
- Put the weight down on both feet. Take a deep breath, then slowly exhale and bend to the right.
- Right hand reaches down to touch the floor, left hand stretches straight up towards the sky. 2 hands form 1 vertical line. Eyes on left hand.
- Hold your posture and adjust your body. Breathe in deeply and exhale slowly, regulate your breathing, relax your body
- Inhale and return to the first position, gently lower your arms. Repeat with the opposite side.
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