Your Perfect 10-Minute Yoga Routine

By  July 12, 2011

When life gets ridiculously busy (as it often does), don’t let exercise fall off of your daily to-do list. You can always find a few minutes for fitness—yoga in particular, as it takes minimal planning and preparation. (Just fall out of bed and strike a pose!)

Claire Diab, founder of the American Yoga Academy and the Director of Yoga at the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, shares an easy 10-minute yoga routine that will loosen you up and increase blood flow, while helping to strengthen your core and tone your liver and kidneys.

1) Come into Child’s Pose. Sit back on your heels and rest your forehead on your towel or mat. Breathe in and out 3-5 times.

2) Come onto your belly. Rest your forehead on the towel (or mat) and be sure to keep your fingertips in line with the tops of your shoulders.

3) Remember to breathe deep and full. Keep your elbows in toward your body, and gently press your shoulders back and down.

4) Come into Cobra Pose. Inhale and slowly lift your face up toward the sky, and then allow the rest of your upper body to follow. Keep your hips on the ground and breathe in and out 3-5 times.

5) Exhale and lower down, pressing back into Child’s Pose. Relax all the muscles in your face, rest and enjoy.

6) Repeat Cobra/Child’s Pose 3-5 times. Then rest in Child’s Pose for 5 minutes.

If safety is your concern, Diab says “Perform Child’s Pose if you have back or shoulder pain. If you have knee issues, rest on your belly and perform Cobra Pose. Remember to move easily from Child to Cobra; notice how your body feels and choose the most nourishing choice.”

Namaste! (Now you can carry on with your day.)