I know what you're probably thinking — why would I want to do yoga in my car?

Hear me out. I was driving back from a ski trip this weekend, stuck in hours of traffic. When the cramps set in, taking a break to (safely) do yoga in the car gave me the sanity I needed to make it down those winding mountain roads.

However, I'm not a yoga expert. CarRentals.com put together a list of 11 yoga poses you can do in the car.

Here are the five that I found the easiest to do in my Honda Accord:

1. Seated Crescent Moon Pose (Anjaneyasana)

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How to: Sit up straight and bring your hands above your head while inhaling. Grab your elbows with each hand, and lean from side to side for a few breaths.

Benefits: back, shoulders, and obliques.

2. Seated Cobra Pose (Janu Sirsasana)

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How to: Lean forward with your hands on your knees and your chest sticking out. Inhale to lift your head and look at the roof of your car. Remember to keep your shoulders down.

Benefits: neck and chest.

3. Seated Pigeon Pose (Pada Rajakapotasana)

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How to: Place your right ankle on top of your left knee, while flexing your right foot. Lean forward slightly, and breath deeply for around one minute before switching sides.

Benefits: hips, thighs, and lower back.

4. Twisted Chair Pose (Parivrtta Utkatasana)

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How to: Place your hands in prayer position. Lean forward and twist to put your right elbow on the outside of your left thigh. Breath deep for 30 seconds, and switch sides.

Benefits: spine and back.

5. Seated Twist (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

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How to: Sit up straight and place your right hand on your left thigh. Reach your left arm around your headrest. Breath deeply for five breaths before switching sides.

Benefits: lower spine and shoulders.


Clearly, these should be done from the passenger's seat or while you're not driving.

But hopefully, these deep breathing yoga breaths will help you cope the next time you feel a bout of car cramps or road rage coming on. Namaste, friends.

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