One of the best parts of practicing yoga is that you can do it practically anywhere you go. If you’re no stranger to traveling, then you’re most likely all too familiar with the way your body feels after long flights or road trips. Traveling is fun, however, feeling stiff, dehydrated, and lethargic isn’t. If you are feeling jet-lagged and have no energy, there is a pose to help get you going.
To help relieve achy muscles, feel energized, and get a mini workout in, try the following yoga poses. The best part is that you don’t need any fitness equipment. This means you can practice these moves wherever you have space in your hotel room. We suggest using a towel on the floor in place of a yoga mat.
- Pigeon Pose – Practicing the pigeon pose lets you stretch your outer hips (where the area tends to get tight) and also helps to protect your knees.
Try it: Begin on your hands and knees. Place your right knee behind your right wrist and angle your shin across your towel. Lower your back knee to the floor, placing your forearms in front of you on the floor. Level your hips and set down your inner right thigh, while squeezing your outer right hip back. As you open your hips, slide your back leg back. Let your hips settle down to the floor and back. Take 10 deep breaths and repeat the same steps on the left side.
- Warrior ll Pose – This pose allows you to open your inner thighs, strengthen your quads and calves, and improve ankle and core stability.
Try it: Start in a standing pose, facing the wall. Step your left foot back and turn it out parallel with the wall, lining up the heel of your back foot with your front foot. Bend your front knee and reach your arms away from your torso. Sink your hips deeper, drawing your navel to your spine, and look out over your fingers. Take 10 deep breaths and repeat the same steps on the other side.
- Chair Pose – Get your blood flowing by strengthening your shins, legs, glutes, core, and arms.
Try it: Bring your feet together or hip-width apart. Bend your knees and reach your tailbone toward the floor with your back straight as you sit in an imaginary chair. Reach your fingertips toward the ceiling and stare upwards, drawing your head back. Take 10 deep breaths and then slowly stand up.
- Half Dog Pose – Relieve lower back pain by opening your chest, shoulders, back, and hamstrings.
Try it: Place your fingertips on the wall at hip height. Walk your feet back and bend at your hips until your legs and torso are at a 90-degree angle with the floor; ankles directly beneath your hips. Hold the pose for ten deep breaths then slowly stand upright.
- Tree Pose – Stretch and strengthen the back and side of your leg and core while improving balance by opening your hips, engaging your core, improving ankle stability, and foot arch strength.
Try it: Plant one foot firmly on the floor while bringing the bottom of the other foot to the inside of the standing leg, at either your calf or upper thigh. For support, keep a wall within reach to help you balance. Hold for ten breaths, switch legs, and repeat.
Using focused, intentional movement and breath while practicing yoga helps increase your oxygen intake, soothe your mind, decrease muscle tension, and ease your nervous system.
Enjoy simple hotel fitness by doing yoga poses like these and more without ever leaving your hotel room. When staying with us at the Rosen Inn International, you can rest assured you’ll be in a space that’ll allow you to clear your mind and relax your body. To book your stay, call us today at 407-996-1600.