On our last India trip, we were fortunate enough to have a truly fantastic yoga teacher, Mary, on board.  Mary & her husband and BJ & I all flew from Tampa to Newark together, where we met the rest of our crew to continue on to Delhi.  We had a few hours to kill in Newark and Mary suggested we do a little bit of yoga to prepare our bodies for this long-haul flight.  I thought, you know, maybe a few forward bends, a couple twists….   fast forward to a 40 minute impromptu yoga session on the carpets in Newark’s Liberty International Airport–carpets which I can only describe as “immune system-boosting,” if you get my drift.

We found a quiet corner and followed Mary’s lead; pretty soon, not only did we have an audience, but an additional participant!  A gentlemen who was waiting in the same area came over and joined us for at least ten minutes, without saying a word.  I *knew* we should have put a tip jar out for our yoga instructor!

 

Newark’s carpets build character. Our new yoga friend is in the foreground, following along.

I will say this–14 hours flights are never kind to me, particularly my knees.  I didn’t experience a lick of pain on this flight.  Could pre-boarding yoga be a ritual for all future flights?  San Francisco International Airport actually opened a dedicated yoga room earlier this year, with Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport not far behind.

 

Pain-free, baby!

 

There’s a more permanent form of yoga in Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, India.  A series of statues, all situated on a rising spiral, depict the 12 asanas (or, positions) of the ever-popular Sun Salutation.   Click here for an clever instructional animation of these hatha yoga poses.  Click here for an informative Yoga Journal article about the Sun Salutation, or Surya Namaskar.

 

 

Lauren

Co-pilot at RetreaTours
"I'd rather be feeding street dogs."Looking forward to our 2020 Around the World journey, especially returning to Petra!
Lauren

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