Personally I cannot drive or ride in a car for more then a couple of hours without my body telling me “OK, time to get out!” So you’ll see me walking, stretching and breathing at rest stops all over the country. Most of us would agree that long car rides take a toll on the body: lower back gets tight, neck tenses up and hips might complain – the body really doesn’t like to be in the same position for a long time. But we can forget that long time in the car affects our energy and mental focus as well. That is why a short practice below includes both asana to loosen up the most vulnerable areas, and integrated breathing practices to manage your energy and keep you alert.
This is an example of creating a yoga practice for a specific activity. I love those because they give us a chance to fit yoga into our everyday living and make it purposeful. Check out this handy infographic that shows you how to design a practice for a specific activity. I used all the same principles when I created a practice below. Give it a try and let me know what you think!
Short yoga practice for long car trips