5 Everyday Places You Can Sneak in More Yoga

5 Everyday Places You Can Sneak in More Yoga

When it comes to multitasking, we’re all better off leaving our brains to focus on just one thing at a time. But when it comes to combining some relatively easy physical aspect with something mental, multitasking can actually be twice as productive!

We do it all the time in our everyday lives already. We walk around while we talk on the phone, we listen to music while we workout, and we eat while we browse our smartphones.

Why not do it with yoga too? If you can’t put 100% of your focus on your practice, at least try to implement parts of it into your daily life as you focus on other things.

Here are a few common yoga-friendly places where almost everyone spends at least a little time every day.

In front of the TV.

Sitting on the couch for prolonged periods doesn’t do anybody much of a favor, and even if you’re a bit pooped after a long day, it’s still worth getting up and even on the floor to stretch it out while you relax and watch TV. Hey, it might just save your posture from all that slouching!

Some poses to try:

  • Easy Pose
  • Seated Bound Angle Pose
  • Wide Angle Seated Forward Bend
  • Cow Face Pose
  • Reclined Spinal Twist

On your commute.

It may be a little tricky do some light yoga while on your commute, especially if you’re a passenger in a crowded public transit environment, but there are ways to practice a few subtle poses that can be modified for seated positions so it doesn’t look too weird. If you’re driving a car, it would be best to skip the yoga (for safety reasons of course) and instead simply practice mindfulness.

Some poses to try:

  • Seated Pigeon Pose (Ankle to Knee)
  • Seated Prayer Twist
  • Side Stretch
  • Seated Cat/Cow
  • Shoulder Rolls

At the office.

Another place we often spend too much time sitting while we use all of our mental power is at work (for those of us who have desk jobs). Even if you work in an open office environment around lots of coworkers, consider modifying some of your favorite gentle stretch poses so they can be done right from your desk chair.

Some poses to try:

  • Seated Pigeon Pose (ankle to knee)
  • Seated Twist
  • Seated Scale Pose
  • Seated Cow Face Pose (just the arms)
  • Seated Crescent Moon Pose

In the bath.

One of the best ways to relax is to take a bath, and since your muscles will be warmed up anyway from the water, why not take it as an opportunity for getting some extra stretching done? Here area few more reasons to consider doing some restorative yoga poses in the bath.

Some poses to try:

  • Fire Log Pose
  • Bound Ankle Pose
  • Half Lord of the Fishes Pose
  • Seated Forward Bend
  • Cow Face Pose

In your bed.

Finally, whether you’re just waking up or settling down for the night, a few good yoga poses can help you feel more energized so you can take on the day or relaxed and ready for sleep. Other than of course savasana, try poses that gently stretch tense parts of your body and help calm your mind.

Some poses to try:

  • Reclining Bound Angle Pose
  • Happy Baby Pose
  • Supine Spinal Twist
  • Legs Up the Wall
  • Seated Forward Bend (with or without pillows for support)

Image (edited) via Bell and Jeff

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