In this post, I’ll be sharing 3 practices that are useful for days when you only have five minutes to do yoga.
I got up early Monday morning to take a C2 class at CorePower Yoga before work. The room was heated to 98 degrees and it felt so good because if you know me, you know I’m always cold. Brrr. I started moving through the first poses of class and all I could think of was wow, I am so so tight. Then, I tried to think back to the last time I made it to a yoga class and realized that it had been a week. During the week, I usually practice on my own at home or the gym but nothing beats going into a yoga studio and leaving all distractions at the door. If you’ve been practicing yoga, you’ll notice that your body feels so much better with regular practice. I’ve noticed that I’m a lot less reactive and generally more relaxed when I can make it to my mat more consistently. That’s when I thought to myself, I really need to set aside time to practice yoga every single day, even for just 5 minutes.
So here are my three tips!
Practice Your Breath
Here’s a breathing exercise that will help you relax.
Close your eyes.
Inhale through your nose to the slow count of four → 1-2-3-4.
Breathe in as much air as you can and once you reach 4, hold your breath for 4 counts → 1-2-3-4.
Exhale through your nose to the slow count of four → 4-3-2-1.
Repeat this 3 to 4 times or until you feel more calm and relaxed.
Practice Your Flow
The physical part of your practice does not need to be 60 minutes long for it to be a complete one. Maybe you decide to put your phone away for 15 minutes, roll out your mat, and just move to your breath. I think a little bit each day is better than nothing! Maybe your yoga for the day is just taking some shoulder and neck rolls while sitting at your desk at work. That is perfect!
This week, I was feeling a lot of tension in my shoulders so it felt good to stretch out that area. Here’s a 3 minute flow that encourages shoulder mobility. Think of areas where you feel the most tension or tightness and practice some poses that target that area.
Practice Your Gratitude
I’ve had to constantly go back to gratitude this week. How about you? It’s easy to get overwhelmed, especially during this time of year with the holidays coming up. When you start to notice feelings of discontentment, anxiety, or any other feeling that is not serving you, start to think of things you are thankful for. Start with the most basic things and keep going from there. Gratitude will reframe your thoughts and your day.
I hope these three tips were helpful and thank you for reading!
Share with me one thing you are grateful for in the comments below.