Ujjayi and meditation for travel

I went on another business trip this week. While I missed the kiddo immensely, I did take full advantage of my time away with things like sleep (yes, sleep!) and reading.

I was excited to finally finish reading Neal Pollack’s Stretch: The Unlikely Making of a Yoga Dude. I started it many months ago, and this whole working full-time and trying to be a good parent thing kept forcing me out of a reading habit. Nothing like 5 uninterrupted hours in flight to make good progress on a book.

The bad part of reading while flying is that I get motion sickness when there’s any amount of turbulence. I used to get sick all the time on the drive home from the library as a kid because I was so eager to start on whatever books I had checked out. 20-some-odd years later, and I still get nauseous from reading in a moving vehicle.

When I got to the last page, I happily closed the cover and closed my eyes. It was a nice read, but my stomach was in my throat from the plane’s shaking. I took long and steady breaths in and out of my nose, ujjayi style, and I used that opportunity to meditate until the unsettling sensation went away.

I brought my meditation into the hotel room too. The cab ride was a little jerky. Thankfully, I have these “yoga tricks” to help with travel pains. I can’t even remember what I used to do to make myself feel better. Maybe curl up into a ball as soon as we got home and hoped I didn’t throw up? Breathing and meditating works a lot better.

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  1. oh i know that motion sickness. just awful. i somegtimes can’t even read a text message. ginger candies should help though. so you might give it a try

    • Terri says

      i’ll have to try that out. thanks for the suggestion!

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