Short Yoga Practice for Long Car Trips

Car traveling on a mountain road

Personally, I cannot drive or ride in a car for more than 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 a long time in the car affects our energy and mental focus as well. That is why a short practice below includes both asanas 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. Give this yoga practice a try and let me know what you think!


How to Practice Yoga at Rest Stops

yoga practice designed to practice to help keep the body happy on long car trips


Reprinted with permission from Sequence Wiz.

Educated as a school teacher, Olga Kabel has been teaching yoga for over 14 years. She completed multiple Yoga Teacher Training Programs but discovered the strongest connection to the Krishnamacharya/ T.K.V. Desikachar lineage. She had studied with Gary Kraftsow and American Viniyoga Institute (2004-2006) and received her Viniyoga Teacher diploma in July 2006, becoming an AVI-certified Yoga Therapist in April 2011. Olga is a founder and managing director of Sequence Wiz—a web-based yoga sequence builder that assists yoga teachers and yoga therapists in creating and organizing yoga practices. It also features simple, informational articles on how to sequence yoga practices for maximum effectiveness. Olga strongly believes in the healing power of this ancient discipline on every level: physical, psychological, and spiritual. She strives to make yoga practices accessible to students of any age, physical ability, and medical history, specializing in helping her students relieve muscle aches and pains, manage stress and anxiety, and develop mental focus.

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