Airline passengers are probably familiar with the stresses encountered on a plane: shoddy food, dry cabin air, tiny bathrooms and so on. One of the more unpleasant experiences is muscle soreness brought on by sitting still for hours on end. Thankfully, yoga can provide relief from symptoms such as shoulder pain and numbness, as reported by The Mayo News.
Yoga instructor Lee Kennedy offers a tip for performing a helpful pose:
1. While sitting up straight, extend the arms in front of you with the shoulders pulled back and down away from the ears.
2. Cross the arms around each other, right under left, like you're going to hug yourself.
3. While breathing out, bring the arms toward the ceiling.
4. The left elbow should now be resting in the crook of the right arm, with the palms facing each other.
5. Take several deep breaths. As you breathe out, pull the shoulders away from the ears.
6. Try moving the elbows toward the ceiling (be mindful of your seat mates' personal space).
7. Repeat this exercise, switching the positions of the arms.
If you would like to learn more yoga exercises, try checking out your local New Jersey yoga studio. The health benefits of this mind-body regimen extend beyond airplane stress relief. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, yoga can help improve physical fitness, blood pressure and flexibility.