Stressed while traveling? Try this relaxation technique from yoga author Sandy Patton.
The next time the aggravations of taking a trip -- long lines, cramped seats -- have you stressed, try this relaxation exercise from Sandy Paton, a yoga instructor and author of The Stress-Free Traveler (McGraw-Hill, 2005).
- Make a fist with your right hand and cover it with the fingers of your left so your thumbs are parallel and against each other.
- Keeping your eyes slightly open, bring your hands to your face. Inhale through your nose and slowly exhale through your mouth, blowing gently into the space between your thumbs.
- Continue for three to five minutes. "This helps focus your breathing, which slows your heart rate and calms you down," says Paton.
Originally published in Fitness magazine, December 2005.