In a few days I’ll be heading north to Byron Bay for the Bluesfest – five days of listening to the likes of Joan Armatrading, Ben Harper, Taj Mahal, Santana, Rufus Wainwright… and more… capped off by the incomparable Paul Simon.

You may have travel plans, too, over this Easter long weekend.

So, if your yoga class or practice routine is likely to be disrupted, or you find you need help in eliminating the kinks and aches that come from long drives, here’s a short but effective program for you:

Adho mukha svanasana, cat/cow, sphinx pose, or any poses that lengthen the body from the hips.

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Standing balance poses, such as vrshkasana and utthita padangusthasana to wake up core muscles and the deep pelvic muscles.

Vrksasana

Forward bends, like uttanasana or pada hasatana and the seated forward bends, such as janu sirsasana to help stretch the pelvic area.

Salute Uttanasana B

Hip/groin stretches, as in urdhva mukha svanasana and ekapada raja kapotasana.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

Malasana, for stretching and strengthening the muscles of the hips and pelvis.

Malasana with Blocks_3

Twists for “neutralising” the spine after doing forward bends.

Bharadvajasana I

Viparita karani – for your inverted pleasure!

Viparita Karani