It's a wet and grey Wednesday morning in June which can only mean one thing, Glastonbury Festival is this weekend! Now, I love going to Glastonbury, I've have been many times (not this year, however). But as I sit in my office listening to the radio with reports of long traffic jams and cars getting stuck in the mud, I can't help but feel just a little bit happy that I am going to be sipping a nice cold glass of something in the comfort of my own home this weekend, watching it on the TV! (Am I getting old?!)
But as so many lovely Festival goers are stuck in their cars for hours, I thought I would put together my top three Yogi tips of Yoga you can do in the safety of your own car (when in a traffic jam or parked up).
First up, BREATHE. Sit comfortably, sit up tall and close your eyes. Take long deep breaths in through your nose (taking five seconds to breathe in) and out through your nose (taking eight seconds to breathe out). Repeat three times. Next, breathe in through your nose for five seconds, hold your breathe for three seconds, breathe out for eight seconds. Repeat three times. Lastly, breathe in through your nose - so your lungs are completely full, hold it for two seconds and breathe out forcefully through your mouth so there is no more air left in your lungs, and repeat three times. Feeling better?
Secondly, (only do this if your car is stationary and the engine is switched off) and you may need to move your seat back a little! Bring your knees up to your chest so your feet are on the chair. Breathe in, and reach your left arm around your knees as far as you can, breathe out. Breathe in, and take your right arm over your left arm, reaching as far as you can around your knees. Breathe out. Breathe in, look up to the roof of the car, breathe out tuck your head down into your knees. Breath in, and every time you breathe out try and get yourself into a smaller ball. You should feel a nice stretch across your shoulders. Hold this pose for as long as is comfortable. Remember to breathe!
Finally, this is a modified version of Cat-Cow if you do practice Yoga. Put your feet flat on the floor so they are under your knees. Hands on your lap. Shoulders back. Sit up tall and breathe in and out through your nose. Close your eyes if it helps. Breathe in, slowly roll your head back, pushing your chest forward, and your hips back, so there is a curve in your back. Breathe out slowly. Breathe in, take your chin to your chest, roll your shoulders forward, and curve your spin. Breathe out slowly. And repeat three times.
I hope that helps to make your Glastonbury, or any other kind of traffic jam, slightly more relaxing! And have fun when you do get there! Namaste.