May 01, 2003
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May 2003
Short Cuts:

High on Yoga

More evidence the yoga craze is reaching new heights: Frequent flyers are now turning to the ancient practice to relax and keep the blood flowing during long flights.

It’s a natural fit. Experts say extended periods of inactivity can lead to a deadly condition called deep-vein thrombosis. Those flying for more than five hours are particularly at risk.

Carol Dickman (, a New York City-based Kripalu yoga instructor, offers advice and educational products to help travelers endure hours in tight quarters, including this exercise:

  • Sitting with your back against the seat, place your feet hip-width apart.
  • Inhale while raising your arms, and breathe out while bending your elbows, grasping the back of your seat.
  • Inhale while lifting your chin, resting your head on the seat back.
  • While breathing comfortably, watch your chest lift and push forward with each inhalation.
  • Finally, inhale deeply and, as you exhale, let your body slowly return to a comfortable position.
  • • Bruce Myint

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