5 Ways to Incorporate Yoga Into a Busy Day
By: Bipin Baloni, Yoga Teacher & Avid Traveller in India
Yoga poses are the strength, Pranayama is life,
Meditation is knowledge, and Yoga is a complete balance
between the body constituents and other parts of the universe.
In today’s busy world, it’s difficult to make yoga an integral part of your highly-occupied schedules. The following are five suggestions on how to make sure yoga is included in your everyday life.
The life of a modern human is action-packed, isn’t it? Everyone is busy with some job or the other. Office work, personal issues, and the pressure of getting ahead in the pseudo race of money-making, people have been crumbled under these heavy loads. While the world is running behind money and social status, the things which get affected the most are us and our health. On the road to commercial success, we have left our fitness miles behind. Physical activities are no more a part of our daily schedule owing to the strenuous lifestyle of modern human beings. With the intention of being fit is still the priority of many, Yoga seems to be the only option in this frenetic life. Whether you get a minute or an hour, Yoga can easily be adjusted in your everyday agenda. Leaving your fashionable complaint of I’m busy aside, get ready to boost your physical and mental fitness walking on the spiritual path of Yoga. Here are some of the ideas on how you can adjust Yoga in a busy lifestyle:
Invest 10 Minutes in Early Morning Meditation
Yoga is extremely flexible in every aspect. One doesn’t need to devote several hours to attain overall fitness, according to Yoga. The ancient science is all about perfection and contentment. If you have only 5-10 minutes in the morning, give it to Meditation. This will benefit you in a number of ways including a complete mental serenity and heightened focus for enhanced outputs. These few minutes of Meditation can be an ideal time for you to set up your day in a whole positive manner. Acquire the ethics of Meditation to lead your way towards the affirmative side of the mind and soul. There are various ways to practice Meditation including Mantra Chanting, Candlelit Yoga, Simple Dhyana, Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness Meditation, and many more. Each of these techniques has a common benefit and that is to lead the practitioner to the state of Mental Illumination. Breathing Meditation and Pranayama are also great options to devote your morning minutes to.
Take out Time During Lunch Break
Most of our time is spent at a workstation. Rather than complaining about our tight schedule, we should bring lunch break and coffee break into an effective action. Use these small recesses to refresh yourself via Chair Yoga asanas. Because of a limited space in the office, you might be able to do only a few asanas, which is absolutely not an issue. Whatever the Yoga asanas you want to give a try, just make them a part of your breaks. If you are working in a school, college or institutions, there cannot be a better place to practice Yoga than the playground. Teachers and students have the best opportunity to take care of their health and wellness by incorporating Yoga asanas into their life. Yoga asanas such as Vrksasana (Tree Pose), Natarajasana (Dance Pose), Ustrasana (Camel Pose), etc. are easy to practice and highly effective in offering instant energy to the body.
Chair Yoga During Work Hour
How relevant Yoga is can only be understood when one practices it. You don’t even need to leave the chair to experience the beauty of the holistic science. Yoga offers everything that one aspires to. Sitting in the chair, you can Yoga-up and enliven the body by infusing a better blood circulation throughout the body. Chair Extended Side Angle, Spinal twist, Cat-cow stretch, etc., are some of the best Chair Yoga poses you can practice while working. These poses are of immense importance as these can help you work for long hours without getting tired. Meditation can also be practiced sitting in the chair. After working continuously in front of the computer screen, our mind and eyes get worn out, which Meditation helps heal.
Practice Vajrasana after Dinner
Vajrasana is an ideal way to boost digestive fire within the body and there cannot be a better time to practice than after the dinner. According to the ancient yogic texts, we should sit in various Yoga poses before going to bed. 10-15 minutes of simple Vajrasana practice can help the food properly settle down in the digestive system. Balasana is another pose that can be practiced before going to bed. The Child Pose is one of the easiest and most effective poses that helps the mind to remain calm and the body relaxed for a good night’s sleep. It gives the mind a much-needed rest after a strenuous schedule all day. Although Halasana is not recommended just after a meal, practicing the Plough Pose by keeping a gap of at least 30 minutes between dinner and bedtime can be extremely beneficial for enhancing the biological functions of the resting body.
Utilize Your Weekends for Longer Sessions
Last but not the least, invest 40-45 minutes in a Yoga session during the weekends. Without crossing the limit of the body’s potential, try to practice the Yoga asanas outside your comfort zone. If you are a yoga beginner, then it is highly recommended to start your journey with 20-25 minutes of Yoga sessions only. Begin with some simple Yoga poses like Trikonasana, Vrksasana, Utkatasana, Baddha Konasana, etc. Divide your day into two shifts- Morning and Evening. It is advised to always start with Meditation followed by Pranayama and Yoga Asanas. Always end the practice in resting poses like Savasana. Each and every pose of Yoga has its own benefits which you need to acquire in your life by devoting a few minutes of a regular Yoga practice in your daily routine.
Yoga poses are the strength, Pranayama is life, Meditation is knowledge, and Yoga is a complete balance between the body constituents and other parts of the universe. It is intensely advised for every individual in the world to embrace the beauty of Yoga, irrespective of what they do, where they work. According to Yoga, Santosha or Contentment is the biggest teaching. Hence, whatever time you wish to devote to Yoga, do it with all your heart, the holistic science will selflessly guide you towards the path of bliss and contentment.
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He provides Ayurvedic Treatment In Kerala. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.