Yoga for travel - Travelling can be super hard on the body. All that sitting still combined with the excitement of going away, the dehydration of flying / travel and the overall lack of sleep caused by heaving heavy bags through airports and stations can be draining and leave us feeling a bit sore and lack-lustre. Although it's fantastic to travel and explore new places, we can arrive feeling stiff and tight, with achey shoulders and grumpy lower backs.
The good news is that a few simple movements can help us soothe aching joints and begin to reconnect with our bodies. Check out this sequence of yoga poses published in Metro this week where I’m asked to recommend poses for jetsetters this summer.
I chose these poses to help you gently move back into your body after a long journey. Move slowly, and with gentle attention and you'll soon be feeling your best again.
If you're travelling this Summer, I hope it helps, and look forward to seeing you in class again soon!
Severn yoga poses to beat jet lag and stiffness
What is Scaravelli Inspired Yoga?
The style of yoga Catherine teaches has been inspired by the pioneering approach of Vanda Scaravelli. This is a gentle yet demanding form of Hatha yoga, which focuses on developing core strength through releasing tension and creating length in the spine.
Scaravelli inspired yoga is a stress-free yoga that benefits everyone. Classes are suitable for all ages and all levels, from beginners to those with many years of experience. Regardless of your level of fitness, you will discover a longer, stronger and more flexible spine, a calmer mind, and begin to enjoy increased energy and ease of movement.
It uses the breath and gravity to allow the spine to unfold like a wave, allowing the uninhibited opening and energising of the whole body. As Vanda explains in the opening page of her book “Awakening the Spine”:
“There is a division in the centre of our back, where the spine moves simultaneously in two opposite directions: from the waist down towards the legs and the feet, which are pulled by gravity, and from the waist upwards, through the top of the head, lifting us up freely”.
Vanda’s teachings are miraculously simple. She encouraged her students to do less, feel more. To unwind, release unnecessary tension, and begin to simply be. “You must only undo. The more you undo, the more you are and the more things come to you. Don’t try to become; you are.”