We love to travel for so many reasons: Exploring different cultures, taking a break from our routines, and actually relaxing a little. One part we don’t particularly enjoy? Feeling super cramped and uncomfortably sandwiched between strangers on long flights, train rides, or road trips.

The following yoga poses help relieve an achy back, open up hip flexors, and even provide a mini-workout while you’re on the go. They’ll bring blood flow back to your head, legs, and all those body parts that fell asleep.

1. Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

Benefits- Waking up all those parts of your body that don’t get enough blood flow when you’re strapped into a seat belt.

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2. Half Dog (Ardha Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Benefits- Relieving lower back pain after hours spent sitting in an uncomfy plane, bus, or train seat.

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3. Tree Pose (Vriksasana)

Benefits- Stretching and strengthening the back and side of your leg (and core) that get stiff during long commutes.

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4. Standard Hip Opener / Quad Stretch

Benefits- Lengthening tight hip flexors and quads. Also gets blood flow to the knee joint.

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5. Standing Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangustasana)

Benefits- Stimulating parts of your brain that control balance.

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6. Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

Benefits- Relieving back pain from uncomfy seating positions.

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7. Standing Split (Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana)

Benefits- Testing your flexibility, stretching your legs, and sending a bit more blood to the brain.

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8. Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

Benefits- Waking up sleepy legs and brains.

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9. Extended Side Angle (Parsvakonasana)

Benefits- Relieving low back pain from sitting, saving leg muscles from stiffness.

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10. Warrior Pose (Virabhadrasana)

Benefits- Getting some freedom from those strangers you’re sandwiched between.

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Hey, this is Pankti, a zealous traveler and an enthusiastic entrepreneur who happens to love solo traveling and business is something that always triggers new life into me. Now my passion and interest have led to turn my profession, creating a business of my own- Crazy Wanderer that deals both in travel and lifestyle as well as digital marketing.

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