Going on vacation: 8 mantras for zen riding

1 / Before departure: a verified car

Yogis are not ascetics, they spare their mounts. They practice self-massage and in every posture or asana they are careful not to injure themselves. Motorists can use this as a guide, driving without sharp acceleration and before every long trip, checking the levels (engine oil, coolant and washer fluid) and tire pressure.

Ideally it is between 1.8 and 3 bars. Will your car be full to the brim with passengers and suitcases? Add 0.3 bars to the pressure recommended by the manufacturer. Take the opportunity to clean the exterior – especially the windows and mirrors – but also the interior. Your car is not a garbage can. It is a haven of peace. Breathe in, breathe out.

2 / The day before: drink or go, you have to choose

We know the slogan: “ drink or drive, you must choose “. This is also true the day before departure, not for fear of the gendarme and his breathalyzer, but to sleep peacefully. Alcohol is indeed rich in fast sugars and makes you hot, which disturbs your sleep.

Police officers check the driver’s papers of a vehicle, July 04, 2009 on the Cestas area, of the A 10 motorway,

The yogi, moreover, does not drink, is vegetarian, very thin and sleeps early. We do not ask so much of the motorist. But even if it means playing the killjoy, remember that, on the motorway, drowsiness or fatigue is the leading cause of fatal accidents, according to the Association of Motorway Companies (ASFA). To get a good night’s sleep and be in good shape the next day, we consume slow carbohydrates, in other words we eat a bowl of rice. We have the right to prefer pasta.

3 / The start: like a yoga session

Good yoga teachers repeat it at each session: entering the posture is already the posture. Road translation: driving towards the holidays, it is already the holidays. So no nervousness, neither to store the luggage in the trunk, nor for the itinerary, prepared in advance. The driver is not a dictator, and the passengers are partners. Everyone, young or old, has the right to the best possible travel conditions.

Finally, as we practice yoga in suitable clothing, in summer we hit the road wearing a light T-shirt, Bermuda shorts, a skirt or a cotton dress. In shorts, the skin of the legs sticks to the seat and we suffocate in pants. The body has to come back.

4 / Plastic is not fantastic

Before bringing in the passengers, the driver opens the windows to ventilate the passenger compartment. Ban deodorants and plastic packaging. Rather than a plastic bottle of water that everyone passes on (virus included) and which warms very quickly, it is better to invest in a thermos per person that will keep the water cool.

Later, on the beach or on a walk, everyone will have their own little gourd. It is practical, hygienic and ecological. And, no doubt, good for the chakras.

5 / The belt, it ensures

Once seated in the passenger compartment, everyone adjusts their seat belts as if it was the first time. Watch out for children, two out of three are poorly secured in the car, according to Road Safety. However, the violence of a shock at 50 km / h is equivalent to that of a fall from the third floor!

Yoga poses accessible to children

Yoga poses accessible to children

Once they are properly strapped in, take the ride to teach them how to scan their bodies by thinking, with their eyes closed. ” Feel your head, your neck, your shoulders, your feet … “. It’s good for apprentice yogis and for the peace of mind of parents. And with any luck, they will fall asleep.

6 / At the right time

A long journey is an opportunity to reset the meters to zero and adopt the correct position at the wheel. For this long asana, the shoulders are flexible, the back is straight, we are sitting in a car seat, not in the living room sofa. The hands are positioned at 10:10 am, the thumbs above the radius bars. We say well the hands and the inches. You don’t drive with your right hand, with your left arm leaning against the window. Even less with the left hand, and the other resting on the thigh of the passenger …

In the event of an accident, the driver will lose more than a second putting his second hand on the steering wheel. If he gets tired of the 10:10 position, or if he really wants to show his affection to his (her) neighbor (e), he passes the wheel, he pauses and a posture with him (her).

7 / At the right temperature

At high speed, the windows open create a whirlpool effect which disrupts the aerodynamics of the vehicle. It then consumes more fuel. It is therefore better to drive with the windows closed and the air conditioning connected, it is more ecological. But a car is not a fridge. To avoid colds, sore throats and stiff necks, the air conditioning should be set to 5 ° less than the outside temperature, not more.

Finally, a quarter of an hour before a scheduled stop (every two hours minimum), go up it bit by bit. By getting out of the vehicle, you will avoid heatstroke. During the break, stretch your legs, walk, gently stretch like a cat or do a handstand (Sarvangasana).

Detail of the lotus position

Detail of the lotus position

8 / Like Buddha under his tree

If it’s really hot, don’t go back, stay in the shade. And yes, without being a Buddhist monk, you sometimes have to know not to move, wait for the right time to (re) leave. If you are tired, you don’t get back behind the wheel, you change drivers or, if that is not possible, you take a nap.

When we leave, we must not try to catch up. Going on vacation is not a rally and speeding is always dangerous for oneself and others … Life is precious, Buddha must have said.

Finally, let’s take advantage of the great departure to limit the compulsive use of the smartphone, responsible for 16% of these fatal accidents. In the end, more zen and safer, the trip will also be initiatory. Have a good trip and Namasté.

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