Yoga and Air Travel:
How to Recover from Jet Lag
Scientists at NASA continue to study the impact of long-distance air travel
on the human body and mind, both for its implications to the space program and
for its applications to the lives of those whose work requires almost constant
and often extended air travel. There are therapists who concentrate specifically
on methods for relieving the effects of jet lag-aching limbs, lack of sleep, and
Yoga emphasizes techniques for recovering from jet lag through simple
practices that can be done in the privacy of one's hotel room.
- Keep yourself well hydrated. Before during and after the flight be sure to
drink lots of fluids. Water is best. Avoid soda, coffee or alcohol (they are
- Eat healthy, fresh, light foods like salads, soups, etc.
- In the airport, do not sit. Do not take moving sidewalk; walk around and
get the blood moving.
- In your seat, activate breath and stretch arms overhead.
- Let your head drop and rest your chin on your chest. (10 breaths)
- Gently twist your spine, using the armrest for support. (10 breaths each
- Get up and walk the plane every 45 minutes. Move around shake out your
arms and legs. Do forward bends and gentle standing back bends. (10 breaths
in each posture)
- Upon arrival, find a quiet place to lie with your legs up on the wall for
five minutes of free breathing.
- Keep hydrating. Take a shower and scrub the skin vigorously.
- When ready, practice Surya Namaskara (the Sun Salutations) for 15 minutes
and then take rest.
Source: Joshua Feinbloom, Ph.D.