Relaxing yoga exercises you can do while sitting on a chair

Regardless of whether you’re injured or you don’t have mobility for some temporary illness or you find yourself stuck in an office chair, you can still practice yoga while sitting on your chair. It is not that the best yoga postures can be done only on a yoga mat but if you have the willingness of practicing yoga while being seated on a chair, you can still do that. With chair yoga, you can reap all the health benefits of yoga, bone mass & muscle, relaxation, balance and awareness of mind-spirit and body. So, here are few chair yoga postures that you can start doing to stay fit.

#1: Padmasana

Lotus position is considered as a conventional seat for meditation and for doing this, you can sit in a comfortable position on your desk chair keeping your neck and spine position erect and straight and then start calming down your brain. Keep your hands in a palms-up position where the first fingers and thumb will be touching. If you’re doing it in an office setting, you can sit on the chair and cross your legs to make the lotus position. Padmasana is said to destroy all diseases.

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#2: Garudasana or Eagle Arms

Sit down erect on a chair and place your arms in front at an angle of 90 degree. Cross in such a manner that the right arm is on top of the left and then interlock them and press the palms together. The tips of your fingers should be pointed upwards and feel yourself contracting. If you wish to get as stretch through your legs, you can even interlock them together as well.

#3: Knee squeeze

Sit straight in your chair, take a deep breath and hug both your hands around the left knee and pull it towards your chest. Hold in the breath for few seconds and then while you exhale, lower the head towards your knee and hold it there for few seconds. The pose relaxes the lower back and enhances respiration and digestion.

#4: Tadasana or mountain pose

This is usually a standing pose which can be modified and even done while sitting on a chair. While sitting straight on your chair, clasp the hands and inhale and exhale your arms forward. While inhaling, turn the palms far away from your body and exhale raising the arms till the palms face towards the ceiling. If you want to go deep into this posture, bend the arms on each side.

#5: Twist

Twists are ideal for maintaining a healthy spinal cord, strengthening obliques and detoxifying all the organs. Place the palms on the chair’s arms and inhale and when you exhale, turn your chest and the abdomen towards the right and move your shoulders. Inhale in order to expand your chest and exhale in order to twist deeper. Repeat on both sides.

Therefore, if you’re restricted to a chair due to your work pressures or health pressures, you can definitely do the above mentioned ones in order to boost your health conditions. Learn how to do it from your fitness instructor if you don’t know what to do.

The Best and worst Airlines for Hand Luggage Allowance

With no clear universal parameters on cabin luggage allowance across airlines, it can be very difficult to determine what is and isn’t allowed at times. Add to this all the unique premises and particulars that each airline likes to offer, and it often seems easier just to book hold luggage and spare yourself the calculations. To try and make things a little more simple, we went ahead and put together a list of the best and worst airlines in terms of space that you’re allowed for hand luggage.

The Best Airlines for Cabin Luggage Allowance

Aegean Airlines

Taking the fifth spot, Aegean Airlines provide a great deal more space than many of their more expensive counterparts.

Offering a total volume of up to 126 cm², they only lose out on joint fourth place owing to their weight restriction of 8kg.

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British Airways

Ranking highly in fourth place, British Airways offer comparatively more space than their competitors, with a combined total volume of 126 cm².

Add the fact that BA don’t impose a weight limit on any hand luggage, and it’s easy to see why they remain a popular choice for travellers.

Virgin America

Third on the list are Virgin America, who narrowly trump British Airways by a single kilogram.

With 127 cm² of cabin baggage allowance and no weight limit, what’s not to like?

Alaska Airlines

Narrowly missing out on the top spot, Alaska Airlines are offering their customers a very generous 129 cm² of cabin baggage allowance with no weight limit.

It gets even better if you join their Mileage Plan, which allows you to check in a case of wine at no additional cost.

Southwest

Southwest are officially the most lenient airline when it comes to your hand baggage allowance. In what is a very close contest, they just about clinch the top spot with 130 cm² of space being permitted.

If that wasn’t enough, when you fly with Southwest, your first and second checked bags fly completely free of charge.

American Influence

It’s clear that the competition is pretty tight at the top, but as it stands the American airlines are dominating the podium.

Whilst the difference doesn’t seem so great at the top, it’s only when you look at the airlines that offer the least amount of space for cabin luggage that you see just how big the divide is.

The Worst Airlines for Cabin Luggage Allowance

United

At the other end of the scale, United are only able to offer 113 cm² of space, although they don’t have a weight limit for what you bring on.

This may not seem like much less in the great scheme of things, but when your case is close to bursting open, it could mean the difference between packing something or leaving it at home.

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Emirates

Surprisingly, given their status as a more luxurious way to fly, Emirates offer substantially less space than many airlines, with only 113 cm² being offered to passengers.

With a weight limit of only seven kilograms, Emirates are a lot less lenient with what they’ll let onboard.

Qatar Airways

Similarly to Emirates, Qatar Airways have a weight limit of seven kilograms and offer only 112 cm².

We advise to take only what you need on board with you, and nothing heavy.

FlyBE

In second place, FlyBE offer a slightly higher weight allowance than Emirates or Qatar Airways, but even less space at a mere 110 cm².

Virgin Australia

In quite a contrast to their American division, Virgin Australia can only offer 105 cm² of space to passengers, by far the lowest amount.

It’s safe to say that when booking a long haul flight, taking hold luggage is strongly recommended.

How do you feel about these hand luggage allowances?