A daily Yoga practice can be a great way to balance your state of mind. The key, of course, is to be consistent and make sure to do it every day. But trying to stay with the daily practice could be challenging if your daily schedule if full. Time is always a precious commodity when you are a busy mom or dad. To try and find even 45 minutes of quiet time for your self can be next to impossible.

We do advise that you not give up on a daily practice, and one way to do that is to take advantage of a shorter yoga practice on the days when time is at a premium. But what would be the best sequence of poses for a ten minute practice? Even if you made up your own combination, it would still be beneficial.

The video below contains a great 10 minute yoga routine you will enjoy!

 

The Gift That is Yoga

The practice of Yoga is truly amazing and powerful. It is holographic  and all encompassing. It offers obvious benefits in terms of fitness by strengthening your core and many other muscles as well as helping you increase your flexibility. But there are so many more benefits of this ancient practice.

Other benefits include the lowering of blood pressure, the regulation of your adrenal glands, and the draining of your lymphatic system to more easily rid your body of toxins. But the true benefits of yoga are found in the meditative and spiritual components of the practice.

If you are not too familiar with yoga, below we will discuss the basic elements of yoga; the asanas or poses.

Anyone signing up with a yoga class for the first time may be overwhelmed by the large number of yoga postures required for the beginning level alone. A good yoga instructor will gently explain the different asanas and why they are important. There are many different styles of yoga, but the asanas are mostly the same asanas used in every style. Not all poses are used in every style. These styles include, Ashtanga, Bikram, Hatha, Anusara and many more. Below is a great article that describes the 8 major yoga styles:

A Beginner’s Guide to 8 Major Styles of Yoga

[su_pullquote]How can you tell the difference between Anusara and ashtanga? Or hot yoga and hatha? Below is a cheat sheet to the many different styles of yoga being taught today. May it help you find your way to a class you love…read more.[/su_pullquote]

Sun Salutations – The Beginning

The basic starting point of many yoga styles such as Ashtanga yoga is the sun salutations or Surya Namaskara (in Sanskrit). These sun salutations are great for warming up the body and deepening the meditative aspect of your practice. Also, during these sun salutations you will also focus on the most important aspect of your yoga practice: the breath or prana. The word Vinyasa is the idea that the movements in your practice coincide with the rhythm of your breath in a constant flow. Even the holding of a pose coincides with the breath.

As it has been said, there are many different styles of yoga both old and new. In the West they have taken on some new dimensions and points of views as these practices have been altered to fit a specific lifestyle. For example, many athletic gyms offer some form of “power yoga” classes that are in line with the athletic culture of an athletic club. Many experts in the Yoga world have also come up with their own sequence of asanas that bear their name such as Bikram.

Finding the Right Yoga Studio for You

If you are looking into practicing yoga and would like to go to a studio getting involved with a yoga studio, you may first want to educate yourself in all the different styles available as well as also asking yourself what kind of yoga would be the right fit for your needs. Also, understand that having a yoga practice is a personal relationship with your self. You can easily do your own practice at home with different videos.