Stuck in Traffic? Yoga to help you keep calm
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Most of us have been through traffic jams and snarls enough times to know how stressful it can be. Other than cursing every possible person or thing, we don’t do much else when stuck in traffic. Team RetyrSmart feels that time would be better spent doing something constructive during that time. In the article below the author provides tips to relax and stay calm while stuck in traffic.

Stuck in Traffic? Yoga to help you keep calm

Morning snarls, rush hour traffic, and the pollution can weigh the best of us down, even before reaching the work place, drawing from our productivity. The result is, we reach work half tired, irritated and ready to unleash our wrath on the slightest provocation. But what if there were ways to retain the loss of energy and simple exercises that you can practice while stuck in a thick unrelenting traffic! Here are seven yoga exercises from yoga expert Kamlesh Barwal, author of the book, Log Off To Log In, that you can do right at your steering wheel to relax and find peace in the moment.

Seated Head Massage

· Keep the spine erect and the head straight
· Breathing in, raise the right arm
· Place the palm on top of the head
· Gently massage the top of the head, in a circular motion, in a clockwise direction
· Keep breathing smoothly and deeply throughout the exercise
· Feel the tension in the head region easing
· Feel more relaxed Blink,

Squeeze, Eyes Open Wide
· Keep the spine erect and the head straight
· Close your eyes
· Blink your eyes rapidly about 10-15 times
· Blink your eyes slowly about 10-15 times
· Shut your eyes as tightly as possible
· Open your eyes as widely as possible
· Repeat the action a few more times
· Keep breathing smoothly and deeply throughout the exercise
· Feel the tension around the eyes being released

Jaw Release
· Keep the spine erect and the head straight
· Place the tips of your three fingers on the cheekbones
· Look for muscles that make knots
· Keeping your mouth relaxed, press firmly and massage the knots in a circular motion
· Pressing down firmly, run your fingers, down along the jaw line towards your chin
· Repeat the action a few more times
· Keep breathing smoothly and deeply throughout the exercise
· Feel the tightness in the face easing out

Neck Rolls
· Keep your spine, neck and head erect
· Breathing in, raise your chin up and take the head back
· Feel the stretch on your throat and the compression in your neck muscles
· Hold the posture for a few seconds
· Breathing out, bring your chin towards the chest
· Rotate your head slowly a few times in both clockwise and anti-clockwise motion
· Feel the relaxation in your neck

Ear to Shoulder Stretch
· Keep your spine, neck and head erect
· Breathing in, raise your shoulders to your ears
· Hold the posture
· Breathing out, drop your shoulders
· Repeat the action a few times Feel the muscles being squeezed in your upper back
· Feel the energy move up as the spine is being stretched

Quick Body Shake
· Sit straight and tall
· Keep your spine, neck and head in a straight line
· Bring your hands near your chest
· Relax and loosen your wrists, shoulders, and head
· Shake your wrists, body and head together (more like when you dance)
· Feel the stiffness leaving your body

Simple Seated Twist
· Sit straight
· Keep your spine, neck and head in a straight line
· Breathe in and twist your body towards the right
· Twist your spine as much as you can
· Stay in this position for 5 seconds
· Breathe out and come back to your previous position
· Repeat on the other side

Investing 5-10 minutes in such short Yoga breaks can work wonders for the body and mind, says Kamlesh Barwal also CEO, Sri Sri School of Yoga. So, the next time you are stuck in a jam and find your head blowing a little steam, do these exercises and arrive at your destination with a lighter mind..... .

 


 







 

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