10-Minute Yoga Workout
Take a quick break to rejuvenate your mind and body for optimal performance
The days may seem longer during summer months, but for most people, that doesn't translate into more time to relax. Between barbecues, beach days, entertaining relatives, travel, and that place you go every day from nine to five (at the very least), this time of year can send stress levels soaring. But there's a simple and effective solution: 10 minutes of yoga.
By taking just 10 minutes during the day to do a few yoga postures and deep breathing, you'll feel calm, relaxed, and rejuvenated. Plus, yoga provides an array of health benefits that improve your daily life. For example: Yoga reduces inflammation and oxidative stress (which helps minimize signs of aging), boosts "feel-good" chemicals in the brain, strengthen immunity, improves posture, combats depression, and increases energy levels.
So the next time you feel overwhelmed, try this 10-minute routine. It's like hitting the reset button on your crazy day. Hold each pose for at least 5 deep breaths and repeat the entire series 3 times.
How to do it: Step your left foot to the back of your mat and press down through your feet, bringing your torso up, aligning your shoulders above your hips. From this high lunge, spin your back heel so your foot is planted on the ground, turn your right toes to face your front and your left toes slightly in so your hips and shoulders are facing your torso, right arm in front of you, and left arm behind you, palms down. Look over your front hand. Stay here for 5 long, deep breaths. Repeat on the other side.