The Yogini from Manila

Traveling this summer? Do airplane yoga!


Are you leaving on a jet plane this summer?

Which type of traveler are you: the kind who walks up and down the aisles every so often? Or the type who stays seated, strapped to your seat the whole flight?

If you’re the latter, let’s just say that prolonged seating can be bad for your health. It even gets worse when your seat is wedged in between other travelers so you tend to stay put in your seat so as not to bother them with your crossing back and forth.

Whether it is a short trip or a long haul, it is important to keep your blood circulating. Long hours of seating, especially when leg room is very limited and you cannot move around in your chair, can make you feel more tired and fatigued. Studies have shown that long-haul flights can cause tight muscles, blood clots, leg swelling, stiff joints, etc.

Some yoga stretches and exercises can keep you limber during and after a flight.

Tara Stiles did a video on Airplane Yoga which you can do while just in your seat.

Here’s another one by Roni Porter:

And here are some articles I found that may also help you with other exercises:

Airplane Yoga – Ancient Secret to Modern Travel

Airplane Yoga

Airplane Yoga: 5 De-stressing Tips + How-To Video

Enjoy your flight!

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  1. I like the valuable information you provide in your article. It will be really helpful for those people who travel a lot so that they will definitely try these asanas.

  2. This is a great blog! There is also a “Yoga Amazing” podcast on yoga on an airplane that can be downloaded through itunes or the yogaamazing website. By the way I will be in Manila in a couple of weeks ( I live in Palau) and I have some yoga in Manila questions for you so I will email you. Anna

  3. I love Tara Stiles. 🙂 Her videos got me started with yoga.

  4. What a coincidence! I just got back from a trip with my family and was practicing some poses (mostly standing forward bends) in the pre-departure area, even in our hotel room. 🙂

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