Car yoga: top yoga positions for safer driving

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Whether you’re commuting, racing against the clock, or stuck in traffic, driving can make us all feel anxious. However, did you know that driving while you’re stressed can also be dangerous for you and other road users? 
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That’s why LeasePlan has teamed up with our yoga instructor, Evangelia Kokkinou, who’s created some quick car yoga poses that can easily be done inside or outside a stationary car.

Note: Car yoga should not be practiced while driving.

Departure

We know that nobody has time for a lengthy routine, so we’ll be quick. These two yoga exercises, or asanas, will lightly stretch your body and create a relaxed mindset for the trip ahead: 

Palm tree pose

Start in mountain pose with your feet hip width apart. Take a few deep breaths and interlace your fingers. Slowly bring your arms up, raising them straight above your head with your palms facing upwards. 

Tadasana Gomukhasana 

Start in mountain pose, or if you’re in palm tree pose slowly lower arms, bringing you back to mountain pose. Raise one arm above your head and reach around your back to grasp your other hand

Yoga before you start driving

Traffic jams

Being stuck in traffic can be a real nightmare but instead of stressing out, try to refocus your mind and keep calm with these two stretching asanas. Pro tip: try to be conscious of your breathing and you’ll feel the tension ease out of your neck and back:

Palm tree pose

Start in mountain pose with your feet hip width apart. Take a few deep breaths and interlace your fingers. Slowly bring your arms up, raising them straight above your head with your palms facing upwards. 

Tadasana Gomukhasana 

Start in mountain pose, or if you’re in palm tree pose slowly lower arms, bringing you back to mountain pose. Raise one arm above your head and reach around your back to grasp your other hand

Yoga for traffic jams

Road rage

There’s nothing worse than being cut off on the road or stuck behind a slow driver. As you feel the anger building inside, remember that you can’t control how other road users drive, only how you respond to them. Here are a few ways to stay cool, calm and collected as you get on with your trip:

Palm tree pose

Start in mountain pose with your feet hip width apart. Take a few deep breaths and interlace your fingers. Slowly bring your arms up, raising them straight above your head with your palms facing upwards. 

Tadasana Gomukhasana 

Start in mountain pose, or if you’re in palm tree pose slowly lower arms, bringing you back to mountain pose. Raise one arm above your head and reach around your back to grasp your other hand

Yoga against road rage

Arrival

Once you’ve reached your destination, do take a minute to stretch and decompress before you move on to what’s next with these simple asanas

Palm tree pose

Start in mountain pose with your feet hip width apart. Take a few deep breaths and interlace your fingers. Slowly bring your arms up, raising them straight above your head with your palms facing upwards. 

Tadasana Gomukhasana 

Start in mountain pose, or if you’re in palm tree pose slowly lower arms, bringing you back to mountain pose. Raise one arm above your head and reach around your back to grasp your other hand

You've arrived

Once you’ve finished don’t forget to thank yourself for staying calm and safe during your trip. 

At LeasePlan, aiming to make our fleet the safest in the industry and we’re serious about accelerating change by calling for low-speed communities and working towards zero road traffic injuries by 2030. Our SafePlan Zero strategy includes content, tools, guidelines and reports on the three major safety areas: the driver, the vehicle and fleet management. Join us in our journey to zero by learning more about what companies can do to make fleets safer.

Published at November 12, 2021
November 12, 2021
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