5 Poses For In-Flight Yoga

Practices for airline flights (or any cramped quarters)

When we’re ready to go on retreat or vacation, we’re ready! We’ve prepped. We’ve packed. We’ve boarded the plane. Yet the experience of actually flying can leave us cramped and cranky, just the opposite of being ready for the retreat experience. The remedy? Try 5 poses for in-flight yoga.

 

As someone who loves traveling and leads a number of international retreats throughout the year, I make it a point to begin my retreat while I’m on the airplane. Practicing yoga on the plane allows me to arrive in a calm and collected state, fully prepared to open up and delve deep.

You can also utilize these techniques to land ready to be the boss on business trips.

Here are my five favorite yoga poses to practice on an airplane:

1.    Parsva Tadasana (Side-Bending Mountain Pose)

Try practicing this pose when you’re standing in line for the bathroom instead of watching a movie over someone’s shoulder. This provides relief from long periods in airline seats; when you’re sitting on an airplane for a long time, your spine can get crunched and compressed, so it feels great to elongate and stretch it out.

Find a comfortable place to stand with your weight evenly distributed between your two feet. Raise both arms overhead and gently bend toward the right, feeling the stretch in the right side of the body. Take a few breaths and enjoy the sensation of decompression. Come back to center and repeat on the other side. If you don’t have enough room to extend your arms overhead, then keep your hands on your hips while you bend to one side and then the other, focusing on the extension in the side of your waist and chest.

Sophie Jaffe in standing side bending pose photographed by David Young-Wolff

2.    Eka Pada Galavasana (Standing Figure Four)

This one is a little bit risqué for an airplane stretch, but I like to live on the edge! My butt physically starts to ache after sitting on long flights, and this stretch relieves the pain a little bit.

Stand with your knees slightly bent and place your right ankle on top of your left thigh, just above your knee. Bend both knees a little—or a lot if you have the space—and you can even fold forward to play around with the stretch and the sensation. Take a few breaths and slowly ease out of the pose (making sure not to bump into anyone) and then switch sides. You can also try this pose in front of or next to your seat, especially if you are sitting on the aisle.

Try a variation of this pose while actually in your seat by placing your ankle on top of the opposite thigh just above the knee. Sit tall and slightly fold forward to vary your position and feel the stretch in your glutes. (This is where I love to have comfy socks so I’m not doing it in shoes or bare feet.)

Sophie Jaffe in Standing Figure Four Pose Photographed by David Young-Wolff

3.    Padahastasana (Hand Under Foot Pose)

This is a super compact stretch that you can practice by the restrooms or in the aisles. If you arrange yourself just right, you might even be able to practice it standing up in front of your seat. I love this pose because it does double duty by stretching the hamstrings and wrists. I know my wrists are usually sore from furiously typing and trying to get work done on my computer in close quarters during the flight.

Begin with a simple forward fold and place the palms of your hands under the soles of your feet for the wrist stretch variation. Please make sure not to strain yourself. remember you want to arrive refreshed! So bend your knees or modify this pose as needed.

Sophie Jaffe in Standing Hand Under Foot Pose (Forward Fold) Photographed by David Young-Wolff

4.    Standing Dancer’s Pose / Quad Stretch

The quad stretch is a no-brainer to counteract the seated position. Start out standing on one foot (remember to connect the sole of the foot with the floor to find steadiness) and bend the opposite knee while lifting the foot back toward your glute. Reach behind you for the ankle or foot (wherever you can comfortably grasp). Stay here and enjoy the stretch in the front of the thigh or quadriceps muscles; if you’re feeling bold (and aren’t at risk of kicking anyone else in the face!), go for a variation of the full expression and extend to dancer’s pose by drawing the bent leg behind you and even lifting up the opposite arm. Fortunately, even the simple standing quad stretch feels great.

Sophie Jaffe in Standing Quad Stretch Photographed by David Young-Wolff

5.      Practice Deep Breathing in Your Seat

Between negotiating traffic to the airport to make your flight on time, getting through security, and standing in long lines, traveling can increase your blood pressure, to say the least! Meditating and breathing with intention can help reduce stress and anxiety so you arrive at your destination cool, calm, collected, and ready. Sometimes the best yoga pose of all is taking a deep breath and simply paying attention to how you feel in the moment. Repeat this simple breath practice: Inhale fully, hold your breath ever so slightly at the top of the inhalation, and then release the exhalation slowly. Focus on the exhalation, which creates a calming effect.

A few simple poses practiced on the plane can help relieve the stress of flying, keep our blood flowing and our bodies flexible, and can kick-start our restoration even before we land, allowing us to take full advantage of every moment of our travel.

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7 Rituals to Help Stay Healthy + Grounded During the Holidays

As we continue through the whirlwind holiday season packed with parties, all the decor, baking, cooking and gift shopping runs, it’s SO important to stay HEALTHY, grounded + calm so that you can savor the beauty of the holidays + celebrate what it’s really about—spending time with your tribe of family + friends.

To stay supported + connected to yourself and YOUR needs, incorporate these rituals throughout the season:

Start Your Day with a Superfood Smoothie
It can be difficult to maintain healthy eating habits during the holidays, especially when you don’t have as much time to make wholesome, homemade meals and will be attending festive gatherings with dishes that might not be the most nutrient-dense. To make sure your body is receiving all of the nourishment it needs to keep you free from sickness and GLOWING, make it a daily ritual to whip up an energizing smoothie filled with fruits + veggies, Philosophie superfoods, and coconut water or nut mylks.

Ground in the MAGIC of Crystals
Beyond their beauty, crystals can heal and restore balance by drawing out any negative energy and tension from you or your environment. Place your crystals under the Full Moon (December 22nd) to help them reset and absorb good vibes + energy. Then release your intentions by holding your crystals during meditation and carrying them throughout your day.

Focus on Your B R E A T H
Breath or prana is our life force, our energy, and our way of being. When we’re rushing around, we forgot about it entirely. Whenever you feel out of touch with your being and need to restore a sense of serenity, practice this relaxing breathwork: close your mouth, inhale through your nose and count to 4, hold your breath and count to 7, and then exhale through your mouth and count to 8. Repeat this breath cycle until you feel revitalized and calm.

Stay HYDRATED

Did you know about 60% of the human body is made up of water? Anything from light activity to stress can deplete your water source. Make sure to keep yourself vibrant + hydrated during the holiday season! I love adding Liquid I.V. to my waters throughout the day because they make it super simple to stay hydrated. By adding one packet to my water bottle, I am actually increasing my water intake 3x and adding delicious replenishing electrolytes without any of the sugars found in most hydrating drinks. Such a win.


Cultivate a Sacred Space at Home
Maintain a welcoming, soothing environment at home—contain all the gifts to a single corner or room in the house and ask your kiddos to be your little helpers in keeping the house tidy. Gather beautiful candles and keep the energy in your space uplifting and welcoming by cleansing the air whenever you can with Palo Santo and a spritz of Chrysalis Water (I spray this on myself when I need an instant uplift).

M O V E + S W E A T
Release stress + re-energize by staying active! Choose whatever sport or activity that you LOOK FORWARD to doing and then make time for it amidst the chaos. You don’t have to allocate an hour or two for each workout—keep it short + sweet if you like with 10 minutes yoga flows, a night walk around the block (perfect for scoping out all the pretty twinkly lights!), or at-home workouts!

Fill Your Journal with Gratitude
Collect your thoughts, focusing on ones of gratitude, in a small journal over the next few months. Even though we may know we have a lot to be grateful for, it makes a world of a difference to carve out a sacred time to acknowledge and appreciate the treasures + love we have. Jot down the items, people in your life, and special experiences that you’re grateful for + find joy in knowing that you are blessed with abundance.

 

What tools do you turn to for staying healthy + calm during the holidays? Share with me in the comments below! 

Holiday Veggie Platter Recipe

It’s holiday party season! Do you know what dish you’re bringing to the next gathering? Don’t worry, we got you! I love making a beautiful appetizer spread filled with fruits, veggies, dairy-free cheese, spreads, dips and best of all...Philosophie Superfoods!


This colorful appetizer platter is loaded with fun winter fruits + veggies, perfect for a holiday get together. We also added our fav, Hope Hummus which tastes so freakin’ good and instantly boosts the quality of any fruit + veggie spread. We paired everything with a drizzle of Green Bee Honey adding some detoxifying + healing properties into the mix. A beautiful platter like this one is such a great way to entertain and appeal to lots of different taste buds at any holiday mixer or family/friend gathering.


Gather This:

Hope Hummus

Kite Hill Ricotta Cheese

Dried Persimmons

Crackers

Assorted tomatoes, olives + peppers

Green Bee Honey

Squash (cut into slices)


Do This:

Cut your veggies and arrange them on a platter, add dried persimmons, Kite Hill cheese, and a small bowl of Hope Hummus. Finally, drizzle some Green Bee Honey and dig in!


What are some of your favorite superfood dishes to bring to a holiday party? Share yours with me below or on Facebook using #PhilosophieSuperfoods or #PhilosophieLove.

Affirmation Toast Recipe

Affirmations are such a huge part of my life and I believe that living a life you love is all about reaching for it and manifesting it. An affirmation is a positive, hopeful statement that can help you to overcome challenging, self-sabotaging and negative thoughts.


There are two parts of yourself. Your inner lover, best friend, true soul AND your inner critic. Sometimes your inner critic is loud and may be the only thing you can hear. Sometimes it tells you everything you’re doing wrong in life.


Affirmations, if you repeat them often and truly believe in them, can start to make positive changes and change your mindset. Self-affirmation may also help to soothe the effects of anxiety + stress (so important during the holiday season!). The best part about affirmations is that they can show up EVERYWHERE and can be used EVERYDAY. From the clothes I wear, to the journals + mugs I use, to the way I speak out when I’m faced with a challenge—affirmations show up constantly in my life.


At Philosophie HQ, we decided to put our affirmations on our morning toasts for #ToastTuesday, which is not only fueling us from the inside out but also makes us feel GOOD emotionally and mentally. I AM LOVE reminds me to continue to show up to life from a place of love - love for others, for my job and most importantly, for myself. What are you putting on your morning toasts? I’d love to know!

Gather This:

Canyon Gluten-Free Bread (or any other of your favorite piece of bread)

1 tsp Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend

Wild Friends Almond Cashew Super Butter

A sprinkling of coconut flakes

Optional: a sprinkling of edible gold tiny hearts to make it extra magical (you can also use any other topping you want!)

½ banana


Do This:
Toast bread and spread on almond butter mixed with Cacao Magic. With alphabet cookie cutters, cut out your affirmation with a banana and place them on the toast. Finish with a sprinkle of gold hearts and coconut flakes. ENJOY!

 

What are your affirmations? Did you put them on your superfood toast? I'd love to see! Share with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods.

Green Dream Latkes Recipe

Last night we celebrated the 8th and final night of Chanukah! In our family, we celebrate Chanukah with a menorah and all the tasty traditional treats - including this fav, Green Dream Latkes dish. So good!


It’s made with a ton of nourish veggies, vegan sour cream, and the star ingredient, Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend. These oh-so-delicious latkes offer a superfood twist on the classic Chanukah staple!


As we end the holiday with so much love + light, we welcome in Christmas blessings + magic. Last night we put up a tree + stockings. I truly love this season and the fluidity of celebrating how we want to in our home and with the most important ones, my family.

Gather This:

LATKES -

1 flax egg (mix 1 tbsp ground flax seed + 3 tbsp water)

2 small potatoes (russet or sweet, grated + peeled)

¼ medium yellow onion (grated + squeezed)

½ small zucchini (grated + squeezed)

½ tbsp Green Dream Superfood + Protein Blend

1 tbsp ghee or cooking oil

¼ tsp baking powder

1-2 tbsp coconut flour

S + P

Optional: a squeeze of fresh lemon

TOPPINGS -

Applesauce

Honey (I love using Green Bee Honey)

Lemon Zest

Vegan Sour Cream (blend 1 cup of soaked cashews, ¼ cup lemon juice, 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar, ⅓ cup of water, and 1 tsp nutritional yeast in a high-speed blend for 5-6 min. Or until thick and creamy. Add s + p to taste)


Do This:

Grab a pan or skillet, add a tablespoon of ghee or cooking oil, and bring to a high heat. Place all ingredients in a small bowl, reserving 1 tablespoon of flour. Once all of the ingredients are combined, check the consistency of your batter. It should be relatively thick, and if it's too runny, add the extra tablespoon of flour. Drop the batter into the pan, and cook on both sides until golden brown and crispy. Top with applesauce, sour cream, a drizzle of honey, and some lemon zest if you'd like!


How do you transform traditional holiday dishes into superfood dishes? Share your recipes with me on Instagram using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods. We may share it on the blog!

Heart of the Week: 5 Day Reset Cleanse

The holidays can be grueling on the body. Between all the sweets, stress and exhaustion it’s a wonder you manage to pull it off by the time the new year comes around. We celebrate Hanukkah but also participate in the fun + magic of Christmas traditions like putting up a tree.


To say our home is a bit crazy right now is an understatement and I’m FEELING it. That’s why it’s SO important to kick my health into high gear and fuel my body with all the nutrients + sustenance it needs. You may not think to take the time during the holidays to participate in a 5 day or 10 day cleanse is worth it, but that is absolutely not true. I especially love the magic of the 5 Day Reset Cleanse to help keep me on track during the holiday season.


This holistic, revitalizing cleanse will not only support you in detoxing from the taxing energies of the holidays, but will also make you feel rejuvenated, refreshed, lighter, and truly ready to celebrate all that’s to come.

Benefits of the 5 Day Reset Cleanse

This type of cleansing is unique in that it doesn’t promote deprivation, but rather focuses on giving your digestive system a well-deserved break.

Since we all get busy and don’t always have time to shop for and prepare healthy, wholesome foods, we’ll often turn to picking up fast food or ordering a pizza (guilty!). The issue with this is that we’ll be filling ourselves with foods that are much more likely higher in trans fats and high-glycemic sugar, possibly sprayed with pesticides, and lower in nutrients.

A food-based cleanse like this 5 Day Reset Cleanse provides just the opposite and consists of protein-rich smoothies, nutrient-dense salads, whole food snacks, superfood energy bars, fresh juices and fiber-filled soups—all of which are gluten-free, vegan, low in sugar and high in plant-based proteins.


Let your intuition guide you and take this time to fully explore your needs – think of yourself as part scientist, part researcher, and part healer as you do a deep dive into what is working for your body and what isn’t. Remember, it's a journey that requires patience.


How are you supporting your health + body during the bustling holiday season? Share your tips + tricks with me using #PhilosophieLove or #PhilosophieSuperfoods.

Crush-Your-Cravings Classic Cacao Magic Fudge Recipe

Anyone else have a sweet tooth during the holidays? Between all the hot coco and sugar cookies, my craving for sweets + chocolate is on some other level! Philosophie Babe, Marissa Cohen, whipped up an AMAZING Cacao Magic Fudge recipe to help satisfy all the cravings with a healthy, good-for-you twist.


A fudge recipe that requires one bowl, is ready in thirty minutes, and is superfood spiked? Yes, please. The other day I came home with a deep craving for a piece of creamy, decadent fudge. In order to satisfy my sweet tooth, I whipped up this recipe using Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend and a few other simple ingredients in no time.

Unlike other treats that may leave you with a bit of a sugar hangover, this fudge will make you feel amazing. The Cacao Magic provides the rich, chocolatey flavor with healing adaptogens and energizing nutrients. I sweetened it with the Green Bee Honey for a hit of antioxidants and cleansing powers of spirulina, and the Coconut Magic makes it oh-so creamy.

Feel free to get creative and add fun toppings such as goji berries, bee pollen, coconut flakes, extra cacao nibs, and chopped nuts or seeds to your liking. Enjoy this fudge at the end of your meal with a warm cup of tea or mid-afternoon for a quick boost!

Gather This:
1 tbsp of melted coconut oil
½ cup melted Coconut Magic Coconut Butter 
½ cup creamy cashew butter (can sub with any other nut or seed butter of choice)
¼ cup Cacao Magic Superfood + Protein Blend
2 tbsp Green Bee Honey
pinch of sea salt

Do This:
Melt the coconut butter and coconut oil on medium-low heat. Add the cashew butter until it is incorporated. Remove from the heat and stir in the Cacao Magic, Green Bee Honey, and sea salt. Pour mixture into square pan (I recommend using a glass pan that has been sprayed with a coconut oil spray or rubbed with 1 teaspoon of coconut oil) and sprinkle on any toppings your heart desires. Chill in the freezer for 20-30 minutes, cut, and serve!

Note: This recipe can keep in the fridge for up to two weeks in an air-tight container (not that it will last you that long).


If you make this recipe or any other creation using Philosophie products tag your creations with #makeeveryfoodasuperfood and #philosophiesuperfoods!



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