Short Yoga Routine Ideas
A typical yoga session lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. Many people have hectic schedules as they balance work and family, and are unable to set aside appropriate time. But this does not mean they can’t practice yoga! A short yoga routine can be created, taking only a few moments to seven minutes.
When creating a short routine, aim at stretching as much of the body as possible. In particular, you will want to target the major muscle groups. The internet is a wonderful source of information where you can find a description of every pose there is. There are a number of sites that provide a short yoga routine that you can copy, or use to your own.
A good workout should consist of a forward bend followed by a backward bend, leading into a spinal twist. Using your head and back, twist yourself as far as possible, first in one direction than the other. Lunges work the back of the legs and calves. Grabbing your shin and pulling it to your back will stretch the thighs as well.
Supine poses are excellent and should be incorporated into a routine. A great stretch for the lower back is called the Cat Cow pose: While on your hands and knees lower your head while raising your lower back as high as possible. Follow this by raising your head as high as possible while lowering your back.
Pelvic tilts work the lower back and help ease back pain. Lie on your back, hands at your side, and feet pulled in. Use your feet as leverage and life your pelvis off the ground for a few moments.
Another pose that can be performed on your back is the Corpse pose. Lie on your back with your hands at your side and be as still as you possibly can. Breathe gently and deeply. Use your mind to visualize relaxation and healing to all parts of your body.
Once you have relaxed your body empty your mind. Visualize a tranquil setting or concentrate on your breath. Performed properly, the Corpse pose brings a profound sense of relaxation and peace.
One routine common to most yoga studios is a sequence of poses known as the Sun Salutation. Many people perform it as soon as they wake up. It is often used as a warm up for a yoga session. A sequence takes little more than a minute, and a series of three makes an excellent short yoga routine.