If we travel across a number of time zones our body clock will be out of synch and we experience this so called JETLAG. But not just our sleep and wake pattern will get shaken up; it has a big impact on a whole lot of other body functions like on our hormone household or our digestive system.
It`s proven that Yoga has a profound impact on fighting Jetlag, to recharge the body`s natural energy flow and to get back some balance.
So here are some of my all time favorites I love to do before, in-between and especially after my long journey. I always have some additional Meditation apps on my phone, which I love to use at the airport while waiting for boarding or in the plane when I have troubles sleeping.
1. Downward Facing Dog
Purpose: Stretches the back and hamstring muscles after a long time of sitting.
Start on your hands and knees, then lift your hips into the air and press the chest and thighs back while pointing the tailbone towards the sky. Press your hand equally against the mat. Hold for 30 to 60 seconds.
2. Lizard Pose
Purpose: Stretches the psoas and groin muscles.
From downward facing dog step the right foot forward between the hands. Lower the left knee down. Press the left hip forward and down. Place the hands or elbows on the ground. Hold for 1 minute and then switch sides.
3. Pigeon Pose
Purpose: Stretches the glutes and psoas muscles.
From Lizard pose bring your weight to right side until you can bend your right knee and rest it on the floor. Place the right foot in front of the left hip. (Due to better representation this picture was taken from the left side). Straighten the back leg and keep the hips even. Allow them to rest towards the floor. Lower onto the elbows and relax your head. Hold for 1 minute and then switch sides.
4. Two-Knee Twist
Purpose: Wrings out internal organs for detoxification, relieves lower back pain.
Lie on your back with knees hugged to the chest. Place your arms out to the sides, pressing the shoulders firmly towards the floor. Exhale and lower the knees to the right. Keep your head centered or gaze left. Hold for 2 minutes. Engage the abdominals and bring the knees back to center. Switch sides.
5. Feet Up the Wall
Purpose: Stretches hamstrings, drains stagnant fluid from the feet and ankles and improves circulation. Calms the mind.
Sit sideways with your hips touching the wall. Then swing your legs up the wall while lying flat on your back. The arms can rest besides the body or overhead. Hold for 5-10 minutes. If you only have ten minutes to do yoga, then this is the pose to go for!
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