Today, on the occasion of International Yoga Day 2019, Indian low-cost carrier IndiGo has collaborated with EkPrana Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation for a unique ‘Seat is the New Mat’ campaign.
Featuring six yoga asanas, the campaign aims to promote holistic wellness through a yoga regime that passengers can easily perform on their seat. The EkPrana Foundation stresses that this will help ease travel woes, avoid muscle stiffness and fatigue.
Commenting on this subject, Summi Sharma, vice president, ifly, IndiGo said, “Wellness has been a part of IndiGo’s culture since its inception. We are extending the same ethos to our customers through this campaign. We are thankful to our partner EkPrana Foundation for supporting this campaign and identifying the right asanas one can perform to ensure a comfortable flight experience. These asanas are picked with a holistic approach to enhance all the six senses and provide relaxation from head-to-toe. Hence, ‘Seat is the new mat’ for our passengers.”
Guests travelling long distance (read: no matter which class you are flying), can perform these following asanas that will help make your journey feel more comfortable and relaxed.
- Gentle breathing:
While performing this asana, passengers should place one hand on their chest, the other on your belly. It is very important to breathe slowly and deeply, and feel the movement of your belly as you inhale and exhale.
- Neck stretches:
This asana helps relieve the build-up air pressure. What you have to do is just gently move your head up and down, while inhaling and exhaling (repeat)
- Climb the robe:
Extend your arms one by one, as if you are holding an imaginary rope. Now pretend that you are climbing this rope by pulling it down.
- Cow’s pose:
As you inhale, arch your back and pull in your belly. Lift your head to look towards the ceiling. As you exhale, return to your natural position.
- Feel relaxation:
We all look forward for ways that help us relax while onboard. So, for this asana, you have to put your legs out as much as you can, and gently rotate your ankles clockwise and anti-clockwise.
Here, you need to rub your palms together for a few seconds and then cup them over your eyes for a minute. Next, open your eyes slowly and you will feel relaxed and refreshed.
Note: Do not perform any of these asanas during take-off, landing or turbulence.