Finding a Yoga Solution for Long Flights ← Back to Blog


A vacation is a great time to get away from it all. Leave the work stuff at home. Relax. However, one routine you shouldn’t let go of while on vacation is your yoga practice. Simply getting on the mat after sleeping in every morning and/or afternoon will do wonders for keeping your body in rhythm for your return home, no matter how much fun you have vacationing.

Still, yoga getaways can only do so much if you’re going into a long flight. The cramped flying experience is seemingly getting tighter with shrinking seats. The Detroit News reports on this in a recent article titled “Shrinking airline seats spark health concerns.” Scott Mayerowitz of the Detroit News writes, “Fliers last summer squeezed into the least amount of personal space in the history of flying. In July, U.S. airlines sold a record 87.8 percent of seats on domestic flights, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statics. And that figure does not include all the seats occupied by passengers who redeemed frequent flier miles or airline employees flying for free. ‘Unfortunately, the days of the empty middle seat are a thing of the past,’ said Julie Frederick, a representative for the American Airlines flight attendants union. Following the implementation of checked-bag fees in 2008, Frederick said, more and more passengers are carrying on bags, fighting for overhead bin space. That anger carries over through the flight as passengers bump elbows on armrests and bang their knees against tray tables.”

Fortunately, yoga can provide a solution for your long flight woes. Elle takes a look at this in a recent article titled “DO THIS YOGA MOVE AFTER A LONG FLIGHT.” Julie Schott of Elle writes, “Down Dog Split: Start in down dog, then lift the right leg up. Knee to Nose: From down dog split, pull your knee toward your nose and hover. Pigeon: Slide the right knee behind the right wrist and come to pigeon pose, fold forward, then sit up in pigeon. ‘Pigeon releases the hips which get super congested when you sit for too long,’ Kernaghan says. The deep stretch also alleviates lower back pain, which over time can improve posture. Janushirsasana: Turn yourself to the side. Place right foot on left inner thigh. Side body bend over the left leg. Seated Spinal Twist: Step left leg over right leg. Lift the right arm up and twist to the left side. ‘This move will help relieve the spine and lower back, and make breathing easier,’ she says. A laxative substitute, ‘twisting also helps to get your digestive tract going.’ Repeat on the other side.”

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