We know that you are busy, but taking care of your health is important. What if we told you that you don’t need to make any drastic adjustments in your schedule to sneak in a little fitness? Yoga is one of the best practices to give you a complete physical workout and calm your mind while not taking a large chunk of your time. We have for you a few actionable tips that will allow you to fit yoga into your busy day and make a world of difference to your life.
Tips to fit yoga into your schedule
- Plant the seed: You don’t need to start with a full-fledged yoga class that you buy a mat and yoga pants for and go thrice a week. You just have to learn a few simple poses that you can do at home for five minutes either when you wake up or before going to bed. When you think of doing just five poses in a way that you are comfortable with, it seems a lot less intimidating and you are more likely to get started. It’s all about baby steps.
- Surya Namaskar: The Surya Namaskar or sun salutation is a series of poses that is best done early in the morning. The set of twelve poses is a full routine in itself but doesn’t take more than ten to fifteen minutes. There are plenty of instructions online on how to do the Surya Namaskar and this is a great way for beginners to get started.
- Do yoga breathing: Yoga is not just about the physical poses but also about breathing techniques or Pranayama. Do a few deep breathing exercises at different times during your day to help improve your focus. As soon as you sit at your desk in the office and before you get started on any work, you can do a breathing exercise for two minutes. Alternate nostril breathing is a great way to improve the focus- folding your middle and forefinger down to your palm, use your thumb to close your right nostril and inhale through the left. Next, use your ring finger to close your left nostril and exhale through your right nostril. In the same position, inhale through the right nostril and now switch nostrils and exhale through the left. Repeat this about five times to help clear your mind and improve concentration.
- Do a little throughout the day: A few stretches in the morning, posture adjustments while working or shopping, breathing exercises any time during the day, and a couple of asanas at bedtime add yoga to your day. Just a few modifications here and there and before you know it, you have a yoga routine going.
- Make up your mind and commit: Every change you make in your life starts in your mind. If you truly want to add yoga to your life, then decide to commit to it. Make a timetable and add the times when you will fit yoga in. You might need to cut down on the Internet time but the benefits will far outweigh the costs.
Adding yoga to your schedule does not have to be a big step. Even starting small and slowly working your way to a fixed routine will make a big difference.