Your Guide To A Quick Yoga Practice
Already have a fitness routine you enjoy? Does your schedule only allow you a short amount of downtime a day? Were you aware that a daily yoga practice can greatly enhance your present exercise or life? Adding a quick yoga practice into your day will not demand much from you, just think of it as a coffee break.
Long before I became a yoga practitioner, I was a fitness junkie. I spent hours at the gym every day, but I was 20 and had loads of time. Eventually, my daily hours of training came to a halt because of shin splints.
Taping up my shins and icing after every run, so I could stay in shape, stopped making sense. I continued to push through pain with the idea that pain would make me stronger and that the incredible discomfort would eventually pass. Searching for a solution and seeing the wonders it was doing for others, I decided to try yoga.
During this time, I started doing Bikram Yoga, which was a wonderful complement to my gym training. However, after a while, I wanted something more. It was then that I happened to stumble across Ashtanga Yoga and felt immediately compelled to stop running, weightlifting or any gym training. The other reasons I stopped my other fitness routines were that I just didn’t have the time to do every activity or the money to finance it all.
Basically, I had found a yoga style that matched the physical intensity of my fitness routine, but offered something with a deeper focus. I also knew that if I wanted to be able to do certain postures, tight or hard muscles would not work to my benefit. For example, it took me years to do the posture below, but the steadiness and daily dedication it demanded has brought me a great sense of joy – and has gotten rid of my back pain.
As I have traveled, the one thing that has kept me grounded has been my ashtanga practice. This sort of practice, especially when done alone, with no music or water breaks, is unusual and challenging.
Maintaining this daily practice, 5-6 days a week, at about 90 min to 2 hours a time, and yet still finding time to balance work and life has often seemed impossible. Either way, I believe that a quick yoga practice is better than no yoga practice at all.
Even if you do already have a fitness routine you are happy with, there are multiple physical benefits from yoga asana. By asana, I refer to the physical posture. Adopting a consistent yoga practice can strengthen your current fitness routine and enhance your physical potential.
The physical aspect of yoga aims to access all areas of the body, with multiples ones at a time. The benefits include greater strength, balance and coordination, flexibility, and mental control. While putting one’s feet on their head might not ever be necessary, a moderate amount of flexibility is still important. Increasing ones present joint and muscle pliancy results in a much greater range of motion and can increase the performance ability for a particular series of motions, or help rehabilitate and prevent an injury.
Before you start saying that you are too stiff, too old, or that yoga is not your thing, do you even know what the purpose of yoga is?
In my opinion, yoga is intended to access your limitless potential and true self. Think of how much your life is driven by your fears, desires, and society. Imagine feeling nonattached to an outcome, yet still accepting of yourself. Consider feeling completely at peace with those around you and with what is.
Well, the goal of yoga isn’t to do advanced asanas, it’s actually just to be able to sit still, be aware, and nonjudgmental of each moment. The physical postures are just a way to get through the nervous system, physical imbalances, and mental disturbances. For more information about why I do yoga and what it means to me, visit my personal blog.
The truth is, a yoga practice does not have to consume 2 hours or even 30 minutes of your day. A wife, a mother, and a full time worker, Charu from Pine Tribe asked me to give her a quick yoga sequence she could do at home.
Upon asking her how much time she had, she promptly responded, ‘none.’ Thus, I decided to put together a quick yoga practice inspired from various teachers I’ve studied. If you already have your own health routine, are a beginner to yoga, or just do not have time, here is a short yoga sequence you can do at home.
If done right, this simple sequence can access all areas of your body. Additionally, the movements can be catered to the individual level making it more basic or difficult.