Yoga for travel professionals is as important as a compass is for people heading into uncharted territory.
As a travel professional and writer, I am supposed to deliver my work on time every day. I take out my clients on history walks, food tours and other outdoor activities every week. This involves a lot of walking around; typically I walk 6 kilometers on these occasions with my clients. This article is about how Yoga can help travel professionals and writers keep themselves fit, and relaxed.
Travel and other forms of writing also require a great deal of energy. Unless your brain is fresh and the body is willing, you cannot write good content.
Yoga for travel professionals
I practice pranayama every day. Do you know what this word means?
It simply means controlling your breathing pattern. When you control your breathing, you develop clarity of thought and a sense of relaxation for the entire day.
There are various asanas or poses that in pranayama. I try four different asanas in the mornings.
I start by first sitting in the Lotus position or Padmasana. Here is an image of this seating position.
As you can see, your right leg must rest on your left calf and vice versa.
If you are obese, you should not try out this pose. You can put one of your feet on the ground but that should be pressed downwards by the other foot. Sitting cross-legged is a great idea for many people who are unable to get the Lotus position.
Also, bring the forefingers of your palms in contact with your thumbs. Please see the image above.
Now that you are ready in this pose, keep your spine straight, close your eyes, and take deep breaths while keeping your mouth closed.
Exhale the air slowly, then inhale a lungful of air.
The important thing in this asana is to concentrate on your breathing. Concentrate, concentrate and concentrate.
Do this breathing exercise for 50 times.
This exercise is called Dhyan and if it is done regularly, it calms your mind and fills you with energy.
So, let us look at Padmasana again in its entirety.
The next pranayama I do for 10 minutes is that of Anulom Vilom.
Here also, you sit in the Padmasana but you do not breathe with both your nostrils open. In this asana, you will have to close one nostril with one hand, take a deep breath from the other one, and then open the first nostril and let your breath come out.
Here is a video on Anulom on Vilom. Though the words are in Hindi, you can easily understand how this pranayama can be done.
This pranayama also helps me in achieving mental balance for the entire day. And yes, it rejuvenates me also, so I am full of energy.
Kapalbhati- Yoga for travel professionals
The third pranayama I practice every day is Kapalbhati.
Apart from achieving mental balance, I also do this asana because it helps in lowering excess blood sugar which is good for patients having diabetes.
This is my YouTube video on Kapalbhati. I admit it is not a professionally shot video but I hope it helps you.
I would suggest that you do Kapalbhati at least 1000 times in one sitting..
The last pranayama I do is chanting the word, Om. I do it after I have taken in a lungful of air and ensure that I draw out the word Om while breathing out my air.
Chanting Om works wonders for those people who are stressed and soothes them. Do it for 10-15 times and observe the difference it has on you after 30 days.
I will upload my Omkar Jaap video shortly here so you will know how it is done.
My morning jog
By the way, if you think that practicing pranayama is enough to solve your health problems, then you are mistaken.
Please do your morning cardio-vascular exercises so that your muscles and heart get fitter. I try to stick to my morning jog of 6 kilometers every day and burn 500 kcals. And if you are on medicines, please have them, do not drop them simply because you are meditating.
So, there you are. I hope this post on ‘Yoga for travel professionals’ helps you achieve your fitness goals and also enables you to carry out your routine tasks easily.
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