Who has time for exercise in their busy, stress-filled days? You, that’s who. While it may be impossible to carve out a regular hour or so each day for exercise, yoga can be worked into everyday life without you ever missing a beat. These tips will help you incorporate yoga everyday into your daily routine to promote a healthy mind and body without you ever setting foot inside a gym.
Morning and Evening Stretch
A five to ten minute morning stretch using the yoga poses of the Sun Salutation (instructions given at end) will help energize you for the day ahead. The opposite is also true, five to ten minutes spent saluting the sun before bed will relax you for a better night’s sleep. Doing yoga everyday incorporates proper breathing techniques which increases the amount of oxygen carried to muscles and organs throughout the body for a burst of energy and cellular repair while the stretching releases muscle tension and increases blood flow.
Tighten Stomach Muscles
When you dedicate yourself to do yoga everyday, it works on the core muscle group, strengthening them and in turn helps us become more centered. Become aware of your stomach muscles and consciously tighten them throughout the day. Draw a mental string inside your belly button and attach it to your spine and all during the day tighten that mental string to pull in the belly button. This simple yoga exercise strengthens the stomach and back muscles while improving posture, all of which work to reduce muscle fatigue and back pain.
Breath and Stretch
Focus on your breathing during the day and practice taking deep breaths with complete exhales. Proper breathing oxygenates the blood and complete exhales helps rid the blood of waste. Make every move count by stretching when you reach for things. Tighten stomach muscles, breath deeply, reach as far as possible while exhaling. Placing your cell phone in a location that makes you stretch for it each time it rings will provide a good core work out by day’s end.
For a quick morning or evening stretch of Sun Salutation (do while waiting for coffee to perk in the morning and kids to brush their teeth at night) stand up straight and tall with hands in prayer position and eyes closed. Take in several slow and deliberate deep breaths to relax. Then on about the fifth inhale, lift hands above and past head, slightly arching your back as far as is comfortable.
On the exhale bend over and reach for the floor (touching it if possible) stretch and use a big sweeping motion with arms as you bend over.
Inhale, place hands on floor and step the right foot back as far as possible into a lunge position. Exhale then step the left foot back so you are in a plank position. Hold pose and inhale slowly. Slowly lower body into a push-up position as you exhale. For the push-up yoga pose and for upward dog you may be only on hands and toes or your lower torso may be resting on the floor, whichever is most comfortable.
Inhale and arch back into a upward dog pose, you should feel the stretch throughout your entire body. Exhale and lift hips while lowering head for the downward dog pose. Inhale and step right foot forward, exhale and step left foot forward. Inhale and slowly raise the body up with arms extended until they reach over the head and back is arched. End Sun Salutation where it began, in prayer pose. This yoga sequence can be done once or repeated as many times as desired.
Author: Marshall Plec writes about yoga, finance & saving money at www.flowerdelivery.net
Source: The Yoga Site