Yoga is a physical activity that helps create mindfulness and relieves stress when you feel like you need a break from the stressful activities you encounter throughout the day. There are many different ways that you can fit yoga into your busy schedule. The first way to do this is by changing your attitude and knowing that it is possible to fit yoga into your schedule.

1. Just breathe

Voila! Yoga!

One of the easiest ways you can fit yoga into your schedule is while breathing. While breathing you will be reminded of a sensation you would experience while doing a yoga pose or meditating. If you just breathe in and out slowly and think peaceful thoughts this can be considered doing yoga. You can do this during any part of your day especially when you feel stressed out or need a break from your daily tasks.

2. While Reading

Spoiler alert: You don’t have to get into a forearm stand while reading to do yoga while reading. 

There are tons of yoga poses you can do while reading including the Sphinx Pose. You lie on your belly while your book is in front of you, bring your forearms to the ground, inhale, and put your shoulders up and then back down. This post will help to stretch out your back. Another pose involves lying on your back, scooting next to a wall and putting your legs up against the wall. The Lotus Pose is a comfortable seat post, you just take one foot and tuck it over the other foot.

3. While studying 

This is how I study, too.

Finishing that college degree online can be stressful.  Especially if you are enrolled in something like GWU’s electrical engineering program. But homework doesn’t have to get in the way of your daily yoga. While you are sitting at your computer studying you can do the following yoga poses: Seated Crescent Moon Pose, Chair Pigeon Pose, Sit and Stand Chair Pose, Desk Chatarunga, and Desk Plank Pose. Seated Crescent Moon can be done by putting your arms over your head and stretching your fingers wide. You take deep breaths while leaning to the right and then back to the left.

Chair Pose can be done by sitting down with your knees bent at 90 degrees. Press down on your heels and try to stand up while in this position. Once you are up, you slowly sit back down without moving your hips and leaning forward.

Desk Plank Pose can be done by placing your hands on the desk and putting your feet back until they are directly under your hips. You hold this pose until you complete 5 to 10 breaths. It will also help you recover from any soreness you may have experienced while sitting down.

4. Yoga In The Shower

Shower singing optional.

Stand with your back against your shower wall and squeeze your shoulder blades in and downward. This will open your chest and as the water falls down your back, you will feel much more relaxed after a long, stressful day. Another yoga pose you can do in the shower is the Wide Squat Pose. This is perfect if you suffer from lower back pain and tight hips. This will give you a perfect stretch and you just have to stand with your feet wider than your hips, bend your knees and squat down. Make sure your feet are parallel and rest your hands on the floor in front of you and relax your head. Try and hold this pose for about 30 seconds.

 

Participating in a yoga pose for just 10 minutes a day will make a difference in your life. If you are busy with work or school and don’t have time in your day, you can implement yoga within your daily activities. You will feel the difference by doing pigeon pose while reading your book or just 3 sun salutations. It is important to put yourself first and know that it is okay to make time for yourself.

 

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