It is well known that there are many benefits to having a regular yoga practice. Many of my clients have the best intentions for fitting yoga into their day, but sometimes a busy life can get in the way. We are all in different phases of life, whether juggling work, school, kids, errands or household responsibilities and sometimes, yoga is the last thing we have time for.
However, there are still ways to get your daily practice in, even if you only have 5 minutes.
1. Practice deep breathing. Place your hand on your lower stomach so you can connect deeper to your own breath and body, close your eyes and take deep breaths through the nose and into the belly. Breathe deeply. You can practice deep breathing virtually anywhere; on road trips, commutes to and from work, on the airplane, bus or train.
2. Start small. Start by incorporating a few poses at the end of your workout as part of your cool-down routine, just like you would stretching. Here are some great yoga poses for after workout. Hold each pose for 3-5 breaths.
3. Sun salutations. A great way to incorporate yoga into your day is to move through a few rounds of Sun Salutation. Sun Salutations awaken the energy in your body. This is an easy sequence of poses and is a great way to get out of your head and start to link mind, body and breath.
4. Online classes. Online classes have come a long way over the years and are an excellent resource. There are videos ranging from 15 minutes to 90 minutes – perfect to fit your individual needs or fitness level. I love Yogaglo. They have a wonderful line up of teachers and a huge variety of classes.
5. Make it a priority. As with anything, if you really want to do it, you have to make time for it. You have to make it a priority. If you are like me, you might find it challenging to balance family life, career and health. However, I make it a priority to practice yoga by carving out little chunks of time every day. It is not all about the physical practice in my favorite yoga studio, (although that is a big part of it). It’s also taking time for myself and practicing mindfulness every day.