Holiday travel is right around the corner, and we all know that sitting in planes, trains and automobiles often causes stress in our bodies. If you are wondering why the human physique suffers so much with travel, contemplate the fact that sitting in vehicles for long periods of time forces our bodies into the poor postural position of a misaligned forward bend.

Sitting presents many physical challenges because it tightens our hip flexors, depletes our core strength, rounds our spine, collapses our chest and thrusts our neck and head in front of our shoulders, causing them to hunch. Sitting not only causes physical discomfort, but also prevents energy from flowing, which makes us prone to lethargy, depression and a host of other illnesses. According to The Mayo Clinic, “Researchers have linked sitting for long periods of time with a number of health concerns, including obesity and metabolic syndrome.”

To counteract unpleasant effects of travel on my body, I make sure to backbend before and after embarking on a trip. Below is one of my favorite sequences. Hold each pose for five breaths. Repeat the sequence three times. If you are new to yoga please click here for the beginner sequence.

*Please note that this sequence is not for back pain. If you are experiencing back pain, please subscribe to the JWM Specialty Level, in which I guide you through yoga for back pain sequences in live video courses.

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Flying Locust With Hands Clasped (Salabasana With Hands Clasped)
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Upward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
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Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
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Full Wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana)
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Child’s Pose (Balasana)