Ninie Ahmad: Off her yoga mat.

Her daily AFFIRMATIONS of staying optimistic especially when she's (upside) down.

“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” ~FRIDO KAHLO

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Quoting LA arm-balancing rockstar, Kathryn Budig

“You could call me a bit of a frequent flyer.”

Eka Pada Koundiyasana I

Being a ‘frequent flyer’ myself (when we say fly, we really mean flying like ‘look ma, no feet!’) and recently married to an expat in Malaysia, I am really fortunate to get to follow my dearest husband to and forth Toronto – Kuala Lumpur once in every couple of months.

Although getting the best of Canada’s summer and winter is beyond fun, long-haul flights can drain me and ’cause misery to many.

Flights from KL to Toronto can take up to 36 HOURS door-to-door trip and I fully credit yoga stretches, twists and breathing technique for making me not loathe flying as much.

To other frequent flyers, I’m delighted to share how these simple stretches and twists (they take less than 10 minutes!) help me stay fresh onboard.

Pretty simple right?
Do it within 30 minutes of take-off and 30 minutes before landing.
Feel free to repeat as many times as you wish or hold poses for 10 or 15 breaths instead for longer flights.

Footnotes (since I can’t be really verbal on flight):

  • stretches and twists help circulate blood flow to avoid (or to the least – reduce) cramps
  • deep breathing helps send oxygen to numbing parts of the body and brain to avoid fatigue (and bonus point, you’d look fresh as ever as you touch down – ready to take over the world!)

Isn’t yoga simply amazing..

Also remember to

  • drink gallons of water before and during the flight. Avoid coffee and alcohol at all cost as they dehydrate you and make you frequent going to the washroom (which is not the most enjoyable experience and space 10,000 feet above the ground)
  • wear comfy clothes (I find yoga outfits especially anything with Lululemon’s Luon® fabric with has four-way stretch freedom makes the most comfortable flight staple). Oh, and nothing’s more comfortable than sportsbra when I am traveling..

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Have fun stretching while you are flying
(can anyone let me know if this sequence would work on Air Asia seats as well?)
and safe flight to your next destination.

Up(ward :lol: ) In The Air!

5 Responses to '“Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?” ~FRIDO KAHLO'

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  1. Hi Ninie
    These are perfect, thank you for posting this. I fly very frequently too and unfortunately most of my flights are in economy : ) Some of these will be bit challenging. American carriers have the tightest space you can imagine (I live in Seattle now)



    3 Jul 11 at 11:57 PM

  2. Haahaha so cute la Ninie!! MAS or others airlines should include this as a new syllabus other than the safety demo:) kan???

    NAme not required

    4 Jul 11 at 10:59 AM

  3. Good guide.

    It can work in AirAsia seats for the neck and shoulder release, but it only works for people OUR size (5 feet and below >_<) and also if its okay with the passengers seating next to us.

    however, if taking the AAX, the xtra large seats will work fine.

    I think even for other airlines, if it's economy seats, it's the same case.

    But great guide nonetheless!


    4 Jul 11 at 12:13 PM

  4. Hi Ninie!

    Thanks for the info.. By the way, i like your jacket, where can i find it? Is it from LULULEMON too?


    12 Jul 11 at 5:02 PM

  5. Seriously Ninie.. You’re a genius! Thank you so much for putting so much thought and for the kindness in sharing these tips!!!

    Su Yee

    9 Sep 11 at 8:38 AM

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