Yoga on the move: 3 exercises you can do wherever you are
At the office, a friend’s house or even the bus stop – if you’ve got 5 minutes, spend them with yoga!
When someone says the word “yoga”, your mind may jump to images of a contortionist, with limbs in places they seemingly shouldn’t be. It’s true that some yoga poses do require this uncanny flexibility, but it may surprise you to know that there are also many simple movements that can benefit your body (and skin!) just as much. Indeed, several effective poses do not even require a mat – you can easily practice the sport standing up, no matter where you are (even at the bus stop!). Your body will thank you for even 5 minutes of yoga, so next time you have some time to kill, coax out your inner time-savy yogi with these 3 poses below (that are normal enough not to attract any strange looks!)
#1: MOUNTAIN POSE
What it is: The foundation of all standing poses, this pose is ideal for improving posture and simply taking some time out of your day to increase awareness of your body.
How to do it: The easiest yoga pose to do on the move, simply stand with your big toes touching and heels slightly apart. Lift and spread your toes, then rock back and forth and side to side. Gradually lessen the swaying until you are standstill. Then, gently stretch and center each body part individually, moving up through your legs and shoulders and ending with your head.
Top tip: To deepen the pose, challenge your balance by closing your eyes while you’re in the position.
#2: STANDING HALF FORWARD BEND
What it is: This yoga stretch stretches the front torso, as well as strengthening the back, improving posture and stimulating the belly.
How to do it: Slowly bend over, so that your back is perpendicular to your legs, arching your sternum away from the floor. Touch the floor with your fingertips and look forward, being careful not to arch the back of your neck. Hold for a few breaths, then release with an exhale.
Top tip: If you can’t easily touch the floor with your knees straight, then feel free to bend your knees slightly – we know it’s hard!
#3: TREE POSE
What it is: A versatile pose that strengthens thighs, calves, ankles and spine, as well as improving your sense of balance.
How to do it: Stand normally, and then shift your weight slightly onto your left foot. Bend your right knee, and reach down with your right hand to grasp your right ankle. Draw the foot up, and position your sole against your inner thigh, with your toes pointing to the floor. Resting your hands on the top rim of your pelvis, firmly press your foot against your thigh, while resisting it with your leg. Hold for 30 seconds - 1 minute.
Top tip: If you feel unsteady in the pose, then try standing with your back braced against a wall – it’ll be sure to rid of those wobbles!
DID YOU KNOW THAT YOGA CAN BEAUTIFY YOUR SKIN ?
Like other sports, yoga can bless your skin with a radiant glow as it increases blood circulation and reduces toxins. The exercise pumps blood flow to the nerves underneath your face that aid cell renewal, all the while raising your body temperature, sweating out nasty toxins.
No more “but I don’t have my yoga mat” excuses allowed - do your body and skin a favor!