Reclaim Your Time: Yoga Tips For the Car

September 11, 2012 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

It’s hard to learn to love your commute. Whether you’re sitting in the car for an hour or just a few minutes, that time always feels like it could be to put to better use. But after taking a class with La Jolla-based yoga teacher Jeannie Carlstead at a local Ford Go Further event, I’m wishing that driving was a bigger part of my daily routine.

Jeannie dreams of drivers “reclaiming their time in the car and making it more meaningful.” She offered a few insightful tips that may have you feeling a little more Zen, regardless of your circumstances while driving.

Get a grip: You may not even realize how much extra energy goes into holding the steering wheel. Clenching tightly can harm the wrists and perpetuate a sense of stress. Doing something as simple as shaking out the hands and wrists for a minute or two can provide relief. Also, clenching a tight fist and letting it go a few times helps relax the arms. Just be sure to keep one hand on the wheel at all times!

Connect with your core: Whether you’re walking down the street or sitting in a car, drawing strength from your core is integral to your body’s well-being. Jeannie asked, “If we’re sitting in a car, what is holding our body upright? Our core being. We’ve got to be aware of that and hold ourselves up with a strong core, while consciously relaxing the upper part of the body.”

Get more yoga tips for driving after the break.


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