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Commuter’s Guide to De-stressing Yoga

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From the information furnished by the United States census data, on an average, a person in the U.S. spends over a hundred hours yearly to commute to their jobs, with the classical rush hour journey that could last for nearly thirty minutes. For several people commuting would often translate to twenty-five to even fifty minutes per day of being tensed and stressed out. In case driving time has left one feeling overwrought, it would also likely leave the spine, neck and back feeling similar to a trio-vehicle pile-up. As it appears, traveling has become the most nerve-racking part of the day for several people. Having to halt at red lights would make many discomforted, anxious and elicit bodily stiffness. Excess traveling time often could meddle with the body from top to toe. Hence, rather than spending time fretting about being stuck in a jam, one could easily decompress body cramps by employing yoga and other stretching moves thus making optimal use of that time.

Deep Oceanic Breaths (Ujjayi Pranayam)

Yoga for de stressingThis yoga pose could be performed at any place and at any time and involves protracted, gradual deep breaths to be taken that instantaneously relax tensed body and mind.

  • Closing the throat and breathing in from the back of one’s throat for a minimal of 4 counts.
  • Now doing strong breath exhalations via the nose.

The warmness and regularity of the manner in which such breaths are taken during this yoga pose would soothe the mind and body for bracing oneself for any highs and lows during one’s day at work. This breathing method could be ideally practiced the moment one is seated at the rear of the car wheel as a preparatory move for the commuting ahead. These are again to be done prior to getting off the wheel or while stuck in a traffic jam. This breathing method to be carried out five to eight times should ideally be done prior to starting the below mentioned tension-allaying exercises.

Gyratory Head Rolls

  • During a traffic snarl when matters don’t seem to budge, one could use that time for working out the cricks in the neck area by doing gradual head rolling moves around in broad circular motions.
  • Keeping the shoulders down and on spotting a knotted or tensed area, holding the head in that position and taking 5 deep breaths.
  • Letting every exhalation undo some rigidity of that area.
  • Rolling the head very gradually two times during clockwise and anticlockwise circular moves.

Torso-shoulders Unwinding Moves

  • When stuck in a jam, try being seated in an erect pose and placing feet hip width apart and knee area direct on top the ankle area.
  • Interlacing fingers at the back of one’s head and relaxing shoulder and elbow areas till they feel floppy.
  • Now, after lifting trunk and tucking chin, the elbows are to be stretched backwards.
  • One would sense the shoulders loosening up and the trunk swell up. Taking 5 breaths, relaxing for a couple of breaths and then repeating the above moves. A slight cracking sound could be felt during exhalation.

Back-Bending Moves

  • When engulfed in a jam, reaching the hands over one’s head.
  • Inhaling deep and during exhalation folding the body ahead till arms and torso are dangling over the thighs or the car wheel. Taking 5 deep breaths.
  • During the subsequent instant, folding forwards and grabbing either elbow using the opposing hand.
  • The arm weight would help in opening up the lower portion of back and allow the stretch move stealthily till the hams.

Hip-Relaxing Moves

  • On reaching workplace, prior to starting off with the day’s routines try this move for unwinding the hips.
  • Stand against a barrier or fence for balancing oneself, placing left foot on the inner side of the right thigh or calf and then balancing by pushing the foot on the standing leg.
  • For opening the hips, pressing the leg of the bended knee backwards. Though it would not be able to reach far, yet the endeavor would help in relaxing and loosening the hip joints.
  • In case one finds that the foot slides downward from where it was placed on the leg then holding the ankle.
  • Standing tall by raising rib cage and flatten the back. Taking 5 deep breaths and switching sides.
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