Even if you only have a few minutes, these restorative hip and shoulder openers are the perfect antidote to long drives on your road trip . Stay in each pose for as long as you have time (ten breaths or more is ideal).
Simple Poses for Road Trips
1 Reclining Butterfly:Supta Baddha Konasana
The perfect road trip release for hips,groin, inner thighs, chest and spine, as well as a beautiful heart-opener with a bolster. Can be practiced with or without props. Place the bolster (or a rolled up blanket/towel) along the floor, then recline onto it with the start of the bolster above your tailbone. Extend your arms along your sides (higher up for more of a heart-opening) then place the soles of your feet together and your knees out to
2 Melting Heart:Anahatasana
This pose deeply opens the shoulders, pextoral muscles, thoracic spine, neck and lower back, all of which become tight when on a road trip. From your hands and knees, walk your hands forward until your forehead or chin easily rests onto the floor. Feel the breath moving into the back of your heart as you allow your armpits to melt toward the earth.
3 Pigeon: Rajakapotasana
This pose will open tight hips after lots of sitting. You can use a bolster/ towel/blanket for support if you have one with you. From hands and knees, slide your right knee behind your right wrist as you extend your left leg straight back behind you. If your knees hurt, skip this pose. As you inhale, lift and open your chest, and exhale to surrender forward. When ready, return to hands and knees and practice on the left side.
4 Reclining Twist: Supta Matsyendrasana
This twist will realign your spine and facilitate a gentle hip and heart opening. Lie flat on your back and draw your right knee toward your chest, placing your right foot onto your left knee. Extend your right arm out to the side at shoulder height as you draw your right knee all the way over to the left side. Gaze over your right shoulder as you gently press the shoulder blade towards the earth. When complete, return to centre and practice on the left.