One woman however proved that it is possible by stretching and even getting into a headstand on her plane seat during the flight.
Two men who were on the flight from Los Angeles to Cabo San Lucas said: "It was pretty bizarre but it was also incredible at the same time."
They added: "She was doing it for like 20 minutes and then the flight attendant asked her to stop and she did for a second then went to the bathroom for a long time and then came back and started doing it all over again."
The men were impressed by the woman's yoga skills especially given that she managed to perform all the technical moves without waking the sleeping passenger in the seat next to her.
Incredible places to do yoga
Incredible places to do yoga
Experience 'theatrical' yoga in Greece at Mykonos Grand Hotel & Resort situated on Ayios Yiannis beach. Opposite is the sacred island of Delos, said to be one of the sunniest areas in the world and, according to Greek mythology, the birthplace of Apollo. The hotel can arrange inspiring yoga and pilates classes in its very own stone-build amphitheatre. It's particularly magical in the soft light of early morning or as the sun sets over the darkening Mediterranean Sea.
At Baros Maldives, the in-house yogi leads varied sessions including a trip to a secluded sandbank for a sunrise or sunset class. Guests at the resort can also experience yoga on the deck of their Villa, on the Lighthouse restaurant deck and on the beach. Baros Maldives consists of 75 beach and overwater villas, three gourmet-class restaurants, cocktail and palm grove bars, a spa and a gym.
Check into the Anantara Qasr Al Sarab resort in Abu Dhabi to enjoy sunrise yoga in the middle of the stunning Liwa desert, a truly unique experience. The basic to intermediate Hatha yoga focuses on breathing, stress release and poses, and the biggest thrill is the chance to try a yoga class atop a sand dune. The sessions can be combined with additional classes in the hotel's yoga studio. The resort promises a sanctuary of wellbeing that draws on an array of ancient cultures at Anantara Spa, as well as offering a state of the art fitness centre, tennis court and swimming pool.
From sunset meditation atop a panoramic Kopje viewpoint to yoga massage, Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti's yoga and meditation experiences allow you to really get in touch with nature on your African safari holiday. Offered as group and private classes, the wellness program is open to yogis of all levels, with experiences including the Sunset Kopje Nature Walk and Meditation, the Yoga Healing Ritual, which incorporates the therapeutic benefits of yoga massage, and Moonlight Meditation. The 75-minute Sunset Kopje Nature Walk and Meditation begins with a short uphill hike, led by a Maasai warrior, to reach the spectacular sunset viewpoint across the Serengeti plains, before commencing a guided mediation session with the Lodge's yogi.
Step aboard a Turkish gulet for a delightful spell of yoga, meditation, sunshine and peace in the Mediterranean. A seven-day yoga holiday with Responsible Travel offers sunrise and sunset yoga on deck as you are taken to various islands and unspoilt bays. A typical day involves joining your yoga teacher on deck for the early morning meditation as the sun rises, followed by local herb tea and a dynamic yoga practice to greet the day before heading off to a new destination.
Strike a mountain pose in the Swiss Alps with Grand Hotel Kronenhof's ski-yoga holidays. The hotel in Pontresina invites yoga bunnies to attempt various poses on a slippery surface wearing their skis. Ski instructor and yoga teacher Sabrina Nussbaum introduces guests to the benefits of doing yoga on their skis at the top of the slopes in crisp Alpine air, allowing you to keep up your yoga practice while on your skiing holiday.
Take traditional yoga exercises, throw in a twist of stand-up paddleboarding and mix with the early morning or late afternoon sun and the pristine waters of Skiathos, and yogis are in for a treat. Skiathos Princess Hotel's YOGAqua is an extension of the timeless practice of yoga fused with the exciting art of stand-up paddleboarding. Guests at the hotel learn how to use the paddleboard and how to perform dozens of different yoga poses while serenely floating on the Greek island's waters. Poses have to be aligned just perfectly for even weight distribution on the boards, so you won't only be benefiting from a challenging class but also improving your yoga practices.
Visit San Francisco's beautiful Grace Cathedral on a Tuesday evening and you can join yoga teacher and author Darren Main's gentle yoga class on the labyrinth, the heart of the cathedral. The breathtaking building is famed for its mosaics and labyrinths. Laid out on the floor of the cathedral, the labyrinth is based on the famous medieval Chartres labyrinth in France. Walking the pattern of the labyrinth is supposed to bring you to a meditative state, where you rediscover a long-forgotten mystical tradition.
Explore how diving can become a personal, meditative experience on a yoga and dive holiday in Egypt. Inexperienced divers can learn scuba diving enhanced by yoga techniques, particularly breathing exercises, while those unfamiliar with yoga can learn to integrate a meditative, holistic attitude into the enjoyment of diving. This unique holiday can aid the improvement of dive skills for beginners and advanced divers through meditation and visualisation techniques.
After finding that yoga in the pristine Canadian Rockies was simply out of this world, Martha's Heli Hikes brought inspiring classes with arrival by helicopter to the spectacular mountains. Yogis are asked to slow their pace, calm their mind, stretch their body and inhale the fresh mountain air in the unique class. The day and three-day packages include gourmet lunches and dinners, hatha yoga classes with panoramic views, plus hiking with a qualified hiking instructor and camping overnight in the mountains. It's the ultimate way to get back to nature with yoga.