When I create sessions for my clients, they are typically 20-40-minute practices. That way my clients can fit yoga into their daily lives. Without the time crunch, they're more likely to practice consistently. It's enough to make a yoga teacher jump for joy! How do I keep the sequences so brief? I build the practice around a client's goal, then I add some poses to help prepare for the goal and to counter strain and then come down from the goal. My own practice doesn't take all that long, so I have time to incorporate other things into my practice. And even though my practice is around 30-minutes doesn't mean that I don't make progress. I'm continually thrilled by the progress I notice in these short, efficient sequences.
If you want to dip your toe in the yoga pool, or you want to create a consistent practice but allow time for other practices, why not try shorter yoga practices? Here are a few resources to get you going:
- Hip Tranquil Yoga Chick, author, studio owner, clothes designer, and non-profit queen Kimberly Wilson (and her adorable pug) offers a great brief yoga workout that is perfect for a wake-up sequence, a mid-day break, or winding down before bed. Click here for Kimberly's 6 Movements of the Spine practice.
- If you're a Kundalini fan and you're looking for a brief but energizing practice, Sarah Kline of Yoga Today fame offers a 10-minute routine that'll get your blood pumping. Click here to watch.
- If you're looking for a bit of a challenge, Sarah also offers an under 15-minute version of The Five Tibetan Rites. It is believed that this workout balances the chakras and prevents aging.
- When time is tight, I tend to go back to basics with Sun Salutations. There are many variations. Page 2 of this document illustrates three different versions. This version replaces the lunge with Warrior. If I'm feeling back stiffness, I like to expand Chakravakasana to include up and downward dog.
I release you from the yoga-must-be-practiced-for-60-minutes-or-longer box. Feels good, doesn't it? Remember -- yoga isn't all about asana. Keep your asana practice efficient and use the extra time on other yogic tools such as meditation, chanting, pranayama. You'll be amazed by the transformation.