5 minute yoga routine that works wonders
In our busy lives, it sometimes seems we don’t even have time to take a breath, let alone get to work on time, have a social life, stay healthy and exercise. All that being said, it is still in our best interest to find balance in our schedules. Especially with exercise, it is what will keep us living longer so that our lives can stay filled with the things we love to do. With that in mind, try out this 5 minute yoga routine; although it is short, it is a strong cardio sequence with a lot of balancing asanas and requires maximum effort in minimal time.
A good 5 minute yoga routine should always start with a shortened pranayama deep breathing series. Stand in tadasana, or mountain pose, with your feet hip-distance apart and flat on the ground. Bring both hands to either side, palms facing outward and focus on your breathing. Inhale slowly, exhale slowly. Do this about 5 times, trying to make each inhalation longer and stronger than the previous. Then, maintain this breathing for the rest of your short practice.
Out of tadasana, move into upward salute. From here move quickly into chair and hold for at least 5 breaths, lowering yourself with each exhale. Out of chair, move into downward facing dog, and start your Warrior series. This is a modification of power yoga and will get your heart going if you give it all your effort.
Go into plank from downward facing dog, and then into cobra. Push back to downward facing dog and swing one leg forward into a lunge. From here, start Warrior 1 and then transition into Warrior 2. To get through the rest of the series, move out of Warrior 2 and into Reverse Warrior and then Side Angle pose. At this point, you are about halfway through the routine. Start in downward facing dog and complete this whole series for the opposite leg.
Close out your practice in a quick shavasana. If you really are out and about and don’t trust lying on the ground below you, try a standing shavasana. Similar to tadasana, stand with your palms facing outward at your sides with your toes stretched and grounded in the pose. You may close your eyes at this point and reflect on the practice or simply stay quiet. Do this for at least 30 seconds.
The beauty of this 5 minute yoga routine is that it doesn’t require a mat or any other yoga props. You can do it anywhere: your office, your baby’s room, in the shower. It’s a perfect routine to squeeze in for a quick blast of exercise.