Dear Sophie, we know the incredible benefits of yoga – more balance and energy, not to mention a super tight core! – but sometimes the idea of carving out an hour to flow stresses us out. How can we tap into the good vibes of yoga when we have only a few minutes? – Bailey44
[Sophie] Yoga is good for the body, mind and soul. In addition to building core strength and balance, it can also heal internal stress, promote circulation and even help the body to detoxify. The modern woman wears many hats, so getting a two-for-one workout is great to maximize our time. Here is my go-to yoga flow that you can do almost anywhere in just 5-minutes.
Eagle pose is great for focus and remembering your intentions. It also opens up your hip and IT band, which is important for keeping those of us who spin or run injury-free. Begin standing tall. Bend your knees, balance on your left foot and cross your right thigh over the left. Hook your right toes behind your left calf. Extend your arms and bend at the elbow, crossing your right elbow over your left and bringing your palms together. Stay for 10 breaths. Repeat on the other side.
Warrior One is awesome for strength and balance. It also helps reaffirm the mind-body connection and develop courage by opening our heart. Begin in Downward Facing Dog. Bring your right foot forward between your hands and turn your left heel in towards your body. Elevate your torso, keeping your right knee bent. Squaring your hips, raise your arms up and press your hands together. Stay for 10 breathes. Return to Downward Facing Dog and repeat on other side.
Inversions are great for circulation and moving energy throughout the body – and can be done against a wall for beginners. They also help the flow of blood to the brain, which gives a natural boost of good vibes. To start, kneel on the floor against a wall. Use your arms to form a triangular base, interlacing your fingers and crowning your head to the ground. Lift your hips and begin walking your feet towards your torso. One at a time, kick your legs upward and come to rest against the wall. Stay for 5 breaths.