While impossible yoga positions in exotic places look cool on Instagram, you don’t need to be a yoga expert (or be on foreign soil) to reap the benefits of the practice.
In fact, you don’t even need to be that flexible to strike a pose that can help lead to a clearer mind, stress relief and a rejuvenated outlook. Really.
And here’s proof. We partnered with Buick's 24 Hours of Happiness Test Drive to bring you a variety of yoga moves that even the busiest people can integrate into their everyday lives.
After sitting all day at work, commuting for hours in the car or sleeping in an uncomfortable position, these super simple stretches and poses can help you unwind in the office, the airport and even the grocery store -- without slowing you down.
Most who are familiar with yoga know the standard downward-facing dog pose all too well. However, it’s scalable sister, the half dog, eliminates the awkwardness of getting down on all fours in public -- without sacrificing the benefits of the original (like opening your chest, shoulders, back and hamstrings, and relieving lower back pain). Half dog is a go-to position after sitting all day at work, or after a long commute home. If you have trouble balancing, just use a wall or chair for leverage.
Seated Eagle Arms
Simultaneously stretch your arms and practice perfect posture with this pose targeting your wrists and the difficult-to-stretch area between your shoulder blades. Master this move seated, or on the go -- say, while waiting in line at the DMV -- to help undo the damage of typing at a computer all day.
Just reading the words “head roll” makes us want to give our necks a good stretch -- and we recommend you do! Just 10 seconds of this simple move can help relieve tension and restore mobility in your neck. Oh, and it feels amazing.
To naturally stretch your entire body after sleeping or sitting for a long period of time, try an upward salute. This standing pose that extends your fingers and face towards the sky engages your entire body -- from your fingers to your toes -- prompting an instant boost of energy. Incorporate a side stretch by keeping your lower half straight while moving your outstretched arms in a designated direction.
Seated Cat Cow
Master this move from your office chair in between meetings, on a plane during flight delays, or from the driver’s seat before leaving for work. Repeatedly arching and lengthening your body promotes mobility throughout your entire spine and hips, helping to relieve back pain, tension and stress.
Spending any amount of time in a narrow, confined space -- like a plane seat, car seat or even riding the office elevator -- can leave you feeling stiff, sore and immobile. Luckily, you can loosen your spine and torso without much room with a seated lateral stretch. Side-stretch poses lengthen the muscles between your ribs and your pelvis, including those in your lower back, and improve rib cage mobility to make breathing easier.
Standard Hip Opener/Quad Stretch
This inconspicuous stretch and balancing pose simultaneously loosens up your quads and opens your hip flexors, without drawing unwanted attention. It also increases blood flow to your knees, making the move a must after long periods of sitting or standing. Kill two birds with one stone and execute this one in the line at the grocery store!
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Yoga Model: Randi Cerini