5 Minutes Of Yoga A Day To Keep You Fit And Healthy
By Justin Cowart
The history of yoga is full of obscurity and uncertainty due to its oral transmission of sacred texts and the somewhat secretive nature of its teachings. The earlier writings on yoga were written on fragile palm leaves that could be easily destroyed, lost or damaged.
If you try to trace back the development of yoga, you would be tracing it back to over 5,000 years ago, yet some researchers strongly believe that yoga may even be up to 10,000 years old.
Here is a list of 5 fairly easy, yet powerful yoga poses that only take about 5 minutes to complete and can give your life not only an incredible health boost, but also help with daily meditation, coordination, emotional release and relaxation.
You can implement them into your morning routine, do them in the evening to help finish off the day, or even just fit them in anywhere in your daily schedule – whatever works best for you!
5 Minute Yoga Session:
#1. Warrior 1
Place your feet about 3 ½ feet apart, one foot in front and one foot behind you. Then raise your arms perpendicular to the floor and slowly bring them together in a peak above your head while moving your gaze upwards.
- Helps to stretch the lungs and chest, belly, groin, shoulders and neck.
- Assists the body in strengthening the arms and shoulders, including the muscles of the back.
- Stretches the ankles, thighs and calves.
#2. Tree Pose
Take your right foot and place it on your inner left thigh. Then raise your arms up to form a peak above your head.
- Helps to improve stability and balance in your legs.
- In a metaphysical sense, it helps you to be able to achieve balance in other aspects of your life.
- Helps to build strength in the tendons and ligaments of your feet.
- Tones and strengthens your entire standing leg all the way up to the buttocks.
- Helps the body to establish strong and healthy pelvic stability.
- Improves the strength of leg and hip bones due to the weight distribution of the pose.
- Greatly helps to build self-esteem and self-confidence.
#3. Side Plank
First off, start forming your body into one straight and diagonal line from your head to your feet, holding yourself up with your hand. Now stretch your other hand up towards the ceiling and have your gaze follow it.
- Helps build up shoulder and arm strength.
- Creats more strength in your wrist while also stretching them.
- Strengthens your legs and abdomen.
- Helps you to improve coordination and balance.
#4. Half Twist
For this one you will want to sit down so that your left foot slides to the outer edge of your right hip. Now twist to the right side and bring your left elbow up and place it against your right knee with your palm facing forward.
- Aids your body in digestion
- Relieves lower back pain
For this post you will want to sit with your legs crossed and if you can, keep your feet pressed against the top of your thighs. Now bring your hands forwards and press them together in front of your chest in a prayer position while keeping your back straight. Then begin to exhale slowly.
- Helps to open up your hips.
- Stretches your knees and ankles.
- Helps to calm down your brain.
- Increases your attentiveness and awareness.
- Helps you to keep good posture.
- Can even help to ease sciatica and menstrual discomfort.
- Assists in keeping your ligaments and joints flexible.
- Helps to stimulate the bladder, abdomen, spine and pelvis.
- Is great at restoring your energy levels.
The health benefits of yoga are amazing and truly go on and on. I personally try to do yoga as often as I can. Whenever I do, I feel full of energy and am able remain calm in otherwise stressful environments.
I strongly believe that we all possess at least 5 minutes a day to do a little bit of yoga. Start building up the habit today and see where it takes you!
We would love to hear your thoughts and your experiences in doing yoga. Feel free to share with us in the comments below!
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Justin Cowart is a writer and researcher that loves to learn more about health, life, consciousness and making the world a better place. He loves music, traveling, meditation, video games and spending time with family and friends. He believes in baby steps and lifestyle changes in order to live a full life. In 2014, he lost around 40lbs from baby steps and emotional detoxing.
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