Barely allowing us to inhale after uttering the Q: Is there too much yoga coverage? the New York Times goes and lays another one on us. Though we gotta admit it tickles us that this yoga news is in the ‘Business Day’ section. This one’s about yoga: serious business for frequent travelers.
Meet Steve Boerema, just your ordinary 45-year-old yacht consultant who travels the world about 150 days out of the year. It’s tough on his fam (wife and 2 kids) and it’s tough on his body. How does he cope?
“Initially, it helped me dealing with homesickness and melancholy,” said Mr. Boerema, who is married with two teenage children. “All of us on the road suffer some sort of guilt, being away from our families. Yoga really calmed my head, helped keep me from thinking about things I had no control of.”
So he finds a nice corner and stands on his head – hey that looks familiar! A sirsa challenge candidate?
Meet Sarah Howell, a 29-year-old sales trainer for a software company based in Austin, TX who travels 2-3 days a week:
[She says she's] “a better person and certainly a better employee,” when she practices yoga while on her business trips. “I’m better able to focus on the task at hand,” she said.
But don’t take their word for it! [insert experts]
Michele Olson, an exercise physiologist at Auburn University Montgomery in Alabama:
“If you’re sitting for hours on a plane, your hip flexors and hamstrings and other muscles shorten, and we know that can lead to back problems,” Dr. Olson says. “Yoga, because it involves a lot of moves and positions that lengthen those muscles, can be very beneficial in combating joint stiffness at the hip joint and preventing back problems.”
Christopher Berger, an exercise physiologist at the University of Pittsburgh (leading a task force for the American College of Sports Medicine called “Exercise Is Medicine on the Fly,”):
“Since 9/11, we have very long lines, unpredictable searches and more demands on people,” he said. “There’s certainly psychological stress associated with that. One of our goals for this task force is to get people to use airports as places to blow off that steam.”
Et voila! Airports: the perfect place to relax! The bottom of the article has some tips and poses from successful yogapreneur Beryl Bender Birch.