There is no right or wrong amount of time for a yoga workout – it can come in a variety of lengths and intensities depending on your day. The most important thing is to find consistency with your yoga practice, the same consistency you would with any other activity, no matter what you have going on. Here are some tips for finding time for yoga – no matter how busy your schedule is!
Wake up earlier – Waking up 30 minutes earlier could allow you to do a short but effective morning practice to help you get ready for your day. Have just 30 minutes or less? Try a “yoga vitamins” yoga class online, an advanced detox yoga flow class, or an energizing lower body booster sequence. Only have 20 minutes or less? Try a beginner yoga class for stress relief, a cardio wake-up call yoga class, or a morning detox yoga sequence. Try waking up early and squeezing in a short yoga sequence for 2 weeks and see if it sticks and becomes a part of your routine.
Yoga at work – there are so many yoga exercises you can do at your desk throughout the day or on your lunch break. Remember – you don’t need a full hour! You can squeeze in a challenging online yoga class in 30 minutes or less and then get right back to work feeling energized and refreshed. Throughout the day you can also take a 5 minute “powerful pause” yoga break to focus on your breath and relieve tension and stress. Or, try this short but energizing office yoga sequence to beat the 2pm slump that often creeps up after lunch instead of heading over to the candy bowl.
Be prepared – Always keep your mat and a change of yoga clothes in your car or at work. There are many sizes and shapes of yoga mats these days, and Manduka makes a travel mat that folds up and fits in your purse! You never know when a meeting might get cancelled, or your friend has to bail on dinner after work; be prepared, download Om Finder and you can easily find a class on your way home. It’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Apply yoga to your daily life – Be aware of your breath as often as possible. Your breath keeps you anchored in the present moment. When you encounter daily challenges and obstacles throughout your busy day, come back to your breath and take a moment to get present.