Relax Anywhere With This 5 Minute Yoga Routine

Whether you're sitting behind your office desk or laying on your yoga mat, this yoga routine will help you to relax anywhere in 5 minutes. Reserve time for yourself. Relax and zone out of your hectic day for a blip of time. It doesn’t matter where you are. You could be heading back home from the gym. Do this routine in your dressing room. If you can't fall asleep because your thoughts are overwhelming you, try this breath-focused routine for a calmer mind. At the end of this 'Relax Anywhere' routine, we will explore a yogic breathing technique called Alternate Nostril Breathing. I will briefly guide you through it here so that you can watch the demonstration before trying it yourself.

If you are not familiar with the Alternate Nostril Breathing, here is a simple guide:

Alternate Nostril Breathing

  1. Press your right nostril with your thumb and inhale through your left nostril for 4 seconds.

  2. Switch and press your left nostril with your ring finger and little finger and exhale through the right nostril for 8 seconds. Then inhale for 4 seconds through the right.

  3. Press down the right nostril with your thumb and exhale through the left nostril, then inhale. Repeat. You can do this breathing technique anywhere to calm your mind and get a better focus. Start with three rounds and then move on from there as you wish.

This is a post by PumpUp member Marinka Essel. Follow her on PumpUp @rinkae and on Instagram (rinkae_)