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Re-energise with Citroen ‘Car Yoga’

Citroen Car Yoga with Michael James Wong and Boys of Yoga

Citroen has teamed up with Yoga guru Michael James Wong to launch Citroen ‘Car Yoga’ which features five unique poses.

Inspired by the new Citroen C3 and the Citroen Advanced Comfort system “to promote relaxed and stress-free driving”, each pose has been designed to help Yoga-practising drivers and passengers unwind, and re-energise before driving, during rest periods and at their final destination.

Citroen ‘Car Yoga’ instructions

Before attempting ‘Car Yoga’

1. You must currently practise Yoga, do not attempt otherwise
2. Ensure your car is parked safely in a suitable location
3. Check your surroundings are safe and clear

1. Hands Up, Back and Forward

  • Reach up and place your hands flat on the roof, press firmly into the ceiling lengthening the sides of your body in turn
  • Reach back and hug yourself, hold the outside edges of the seat, right over left, then left over right
  • Pull the chest forward, pull the chest back
  • Reach forward and grab the steering wheel, extending the arms and drawing the chest back
  • Move the chest forward on the inhale in a slight upward arch while drawing the shoulders down
  • Move the chest back on the exhale, arching the back against the seat creating a gentle curve in the spine
    Repeat three times
  • Hands Up, Back and Forward is designed to stretch, warm and engage the shoulders, chest and spine ready to drive

2. 6-Point Turn

  • Start in a seated upright position and roll the spine down and forward curling the head toward the steering wheel
  • Then roll up to a seated position moving the eyes to the roof of the car arching the spine gently
  • Coming back to the neutral position, sit tall and take a twist to the right rotating the upper spine 90 degrees
  • Coming back through neutral again, rotate left to balance the pose
  • Finally, from an upright seat, place your hands on the steering wheel and bend to the right moving the head towards the door, and then back through centre before bending to the opposite side
  • Finish the exercise in the neutral position
  • 6-Point Turn is designed to warm up all six points of spinal movement: Front, back, left, right, twist L and twist R

3. The Ham Sandwich

  • Exit the car and stand facing the side of the car
  • Move into a forward fold with bent knees
  • Move closer to the car until your upper back is touching the side
  • Keep the knees bent and then lean more into the door feeling the stretch in the back of the hamstrings
  • The Ham Sandwich will lengthen and deepen the hamstring stretch

4. The Rest Stop

  • Roll out your Yoga mat with the nearest edge as close to the side of the car as possible
  • Lie down on your back with your bottom at the edge of your mat closest to the car
  • Lift your legs up the side and straighten your legs against the side of the full length of the car door
  • Stretch your arms out wide
  • Relax, breathe and stay for 3-5 minutes
  • The Rest Stop will help to rest, re-circulate and re-energise the body

5. Driver Warrior

  • Exit the car and open the car boot
  • Start with both legs grounded, facing towards the car
  • Extend your body forward and place your hands evenly on the boot sill
  • Ensure you are standing far enough away to extend one leg backwards parallel to the road and hold for 30 seconds
  • Alternate legs, making sure you maintain a steady pose and balance
  • Driver Warrior will reactivate your legs after a long drive

About Gareth Herincx

Gareth is a versatile journalist, copywriter and digital editor who's worked across the media in newspapers, magazines, TV, teletext, radio and online. After long stints at the BBC, GMTV and ITV, he now specialises in motoring.

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