3 Yoga Moves to Do After Getting Back from Vacation - A Vacation from Your Vacation

3 Yoga Moves to Do After Getting Back from Vacation - A Vacation from Your Vacation
From The Kitchn - July 17, 2017

Vacation is the best. Until it's over, that is, and everything catches up with youthe yummy but maybe-a-tad-too-rich foods, the day drinking, the hours knotted up in a plane criss-crossing time zones. No wonder we come home feeling worse than when we left!

The good news is that something as simple as a few basic yoga moves can make you feel so much better after your globe-trekking trip.

Just back from a whirlwind, six-time-zone, trans-Atlantic, three-day trip myself, I was thrilled to talk with Canyon Ranch fitness instructor Mona Glasgow (who just so happens to be a former flight attendant) for some tips on how yoga can help us recuperate from some of the biggest pitfalls of vacation.

Post-Vacation Problem #1: Jet lag

Let's start with every traveler's worst enemy: jet lag.

It's easier to ignore on vacation because you are so excited to be there, but wow does it hit once you are home. Your circadian rhythms are messed up, you are dehydrated from the plane, and in general you just feel like you are slogging your way through a fog.

Mona's answer (well, after sleep, of course): Get your circulation going with a super simple pose: legs up on the wall.

Yep, it's as easy as it sounds. Simply getting your blood flowing is invaluable after a long flight or when you are tired. Your limbs and blood are incredibly responsive to gravity, Mona says, so inverting in a pose like this is fantastic for getting going again. The first thing you want to do when you get home (or to your hotel while you are on the trip) is lie down, kick your feet up on the headboard, and just stay there for 10 minutes.

This pose is the "kindest, safest, inversion," Mona says, but for you advanced yogis, go for a headstand or handstand, or do a few sun salutations. It does not matter which variation; it's all about getting your blood flowing.

But be careful, Mona adds, when you come out of the inversion. "Do not just pop back up on your feet," she said. The sudden movement changes your blood pressure and you can get light-headed or even pass out. Instead, either rest on your side for a few breaths or just sit comfortably.

Post-Vacation Problem #2: Bloat

Next up, bloat.

Maybe you are like me and have only one diet rule on vacationnever say noor maybe it's all those pressurization changes on the flight (ever noticed how your water bottle collapses and expands when you land? Think about what that's doing to your insides!) Either way, you just feel bloated and kind of miserable.

Post-Vacation Problem #3: Hangover

Bonus tip!


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