Commuter does 20-minute yoga session on London train

Commuter does 20-minutes yoga session on London train

A carefree commuter was snapped doing an entire yoga sequence for 20 minutes in the middle of a busy train from London Euston.

The train had only been two minutes into its journey to Hemel Hempsted when the 'exhibitionist', dressed in a grey collared shirt, rolled up his sleeves, quietly laid down his rucksack and began subtle neck stretches.

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Fellow passenger Jamie Dawson claims other commuters were sniggering and peering over their newspapers as they watched the yogi's brave routine last Wednesday.

The man, believed to be in his 40s, began with a backward-bending camel pose before flowing into full splits, a warrior position - but stopped short of a headstand.

Drinks company owner Jamie said: "It was really amusing at the time. Everyone was looking each other over their newspapers and sniggering to themselves.

"The guy was completely oblivious. He had his earphones in and was totally in the yoga zone.

"I'm guessing he must do this quite a lot because he was definitely a regular yogi.

"It was about seven o'clock and I think he must have had a hard day.

"The journey lasted about 20 minutes before he got off at Watford Junction and he did the whole sequence on that train. Maybe he'd slipped yoga class or something.

"This obviously isn't a normal thing for you to see on the train. It was quite a surprise after a long day at work.

"He was clearly quite the exhibitionist.

"I thought it would only last five minutes but he just kept moving on the different poses.

"He had his rucksack just placed by the doors to the side and he was literally bent over backwards.

"The carriage was only around half full but he was still blocking the doors for people to get past.

"He literally had no idea and people were stepping over him to get past as he switched positions around them.

"It was just hilarious. It really made people laugh.

"I think at the moment especially, people are a bit on edge when on the trains, but this guy was just doing his thing and keeping people quietly entertained in the meantime."

Amused social media users commented on the picture when it was posted on Facebook.

Edward Burkin said: "That's not what they meant by a flexible ticket."

A spokesperson from London Midlands, the train operator that runs this service, said: "This just goes to show how much more you can do travelling by train. You couldn't do this driving down the M6."

The spokesperson also said as long as passengers are not interfering with the ability of other customers to enjoy their journeys they welcome people pursuing their hobbies while travelling.

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Whether you're catching a train or just looking for an iconic place to visit, New York's Grand Central Terminal is a must-see if you're in the city. The Main Concourse has been featured in countless TV programmes and films, and is as romantic in reality as it is on screen, with the ceiling displaying its famous mural of the constellations. Around the station you'll find shops, upscale restaurants and a branch of the New York Transit Museum. Don't miss the Whispering Gallery in front of the Oyster Bar restaurant where you and a friend can stand at opposite corners of the arched entryway and whisper into the corners to hear each other's voices as if you were standing next to each other! The Biltmore Room, also known as the Kissing Room, is located below the former Biltmore Hotel and is known as being the place where passengers would get off the train and greet their loved ones with hugs and kisses.

Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, once named Victoria Terminus after Queen Victoria, is one of India's most beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites and an architectural masterpiece, boasting a fusion of Victorian Gothic and traditional Indian style. As India's busiest railway station with millions of commuters using it every day, it serves suburban railway services and long distance trains. Don't miss the figures on top of the columns at the entry gates - the lion represents Britain and the tiger represents India.

The Sao Bento station in the city of Porto, Portugal is best known for its intricate tiles that adorn the walls of the vestibule. The 20,000 tiles dating from 1906 to 1916 were painted by Jorge Colaco, who was the most important azulejo painter at the time. They illustrate the evolution of transport and historical events in Portuguese life, such as the arrival of King John I and Philippa of Lancaster in Porto in 1387 and the Conquest of Ceuta in 1415. The 20th century station was built where the former Convent of Sao Bento de Ave-Maria was located and its glass and iron structure was designed by architect Marques da Silva.

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