A few months ago, when the Bangalore Mirror newspaper wanted to highlight the odious traffic problems that we have in Bangalore; they came out with an interesting idea. What are the different things that people could actually do at a Traffic jam? Maybe play Chess? Or set up a Stall selling fashion accessories? How about shaving? And the wackiest idea of them all – how about doing Yoga on the car-tops??
We loved the idea and jumped in headlong. Of course, it’s all in good humour and you’re better off sticking to Pranayam and Breathing-based Meditations sitting ‘inside’ the car. Although the occasional Asana on roof-top never hurt anyone!
Breathing-based Meditation at Traffic signals:
This is best done at a traffic signal that has a counter so you know how much time you have! Often the eyes get really tired when driving and so start by closing your eyes. Sit straight and place your palms on your thighs. Start breathing deeply (Ujjayi pranayam if possible) while holding the breath inside for a considerably longer duration. Count down the breaths from 11 to 0. Hopefully, you’ve timed this well enough to finish before Red turns to Green! (Else reduce the number of breaths) And if you’re worried whether the light would turn whilst you’re sitting pretty with your eyes closed – no chance of that happening in India….everyone behind you will serve up a timely ‘horny’ reminder! Only, this time you’ll not be stressed with all the horning noise!!
Key Learning: We learnt that the roofs of almost all cars are quite flimsy and in case you ever do any asanas on top. keep both feet close to the edges of the roof!
- MANISH POLE (co-Founder & Director of Total Yoga, Speaker & Writer)