Think You Don’t Have Time For Yoga? Think A Little Deeper!

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I’m so honored to feature a guest post today by the lovely Hien Hong. I met Hien online and fell in love with her drive to succeed and her passions for both yoga and helping others. I love following her inspiring Instagram account & she has a wonderful new Facebook group too! Today she’s sharing sage advice for those of us who want to do yoga, but feel like life is just too busy! Enjoy! -Erin

too busy for yoga?

Busy? You Can Still Do Yoga if You Know What it Means to You

In an ideal world, everybody would be exercising 3-4 times a week, making love with their partners twice a week, prepping meals for the whole week, and making the 6 a.m. yoga class every morning.

But let’s be real, it’s nothing like that.

Although it’d be cool to make it to a full yoga class at least once a week, sometimes that’s not feasible. It doesn’t mean you have to beat yourself up or give up on your practice completely. It just means your practice has to be different.

Why Do You Even Practice Yoga?

Whether it’s simply for health or there’s a deeper spiritual element to your practice, it’s important to remember the essence of your individual yoga practice.

What is yoga anyway? According to the ancient teachings from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, yoga is the quieting of the mind; the ceasing of ruminations.

At  it’s essence, yoga is about turning off “thinking” and turning on “being.”

So by keeping this essence of yoga and your personal reason for practicing in mind, you can think up ways to make yoga work for you.

5 Ways to Practice Yoga While You’re Busy

One.

Do the poses you like the most, or are the simplest to you.

Throughout college, my go to poses were legs up the wall and supported fish pose. These were my personal favorites because 1) I was always slouching over a desk or laptop, thus requiring a chest opener like supported fish pose and 2) I was anxious and found that legs up the wall helped calm my nerves.

So ask yourself, what poses do you enjoy doing the most? Or which parts of your body or mind feel out of balance?

Two.

Know the cool down poses: forward folds, legs up the wall, reclined twists, child’s pose, etc.

I’m referring to the poses that are typically taught at the end of a class before final resting pose, savasana. If you’re somebody who is stressed and just want to know how to do yoga in order to ground, the cool down poses will help the most.

Three.

Know where you hold tension on your body and do something about it.

Some common, overlooked spots and what to do:

Shoulders – Roll your shoulders backwards and forwards

Neck – Draw circles with your chin, take one ear to shoulder to stretch the side of your neck

Jaw – Open and close your mouth, massage the sides of your face

Hip – Lie on your back and do figure four, or happy baby

I encourage you to take a moment and check right now, where in your body you feel tight. If it’s shoulders or neck, do the stretches suggested above right now!

Four.

Notice your breath.

If you’re a meditator, you probably know how breathing can affect your body and mind.

The basic idea behind breathing is that when you’re stressed, your breath might be short and shallow. It’s optimal to breathe deeply, but don’t force it. Just notice it. You can count the length of your breaths for a couple rounds. Naturally, your breath will begin to slow and deepen. Doing this allows your nervous system to go from the sympathetic (fight/flight) to parasympathetic (rest/digest).

Five.

Do one thing mindfully.

If the essence of yoga is to quiet the mind, it may be helpful to find ONE thing in your busy day to do mindfully. This means only focusing on that one thing, and catching the distractions that may come up.

For instance, I may choose to eat one meal mindfully and not watch TV while doing it. Or I may choose to bathe mindfully, and pay special attention to my body while taking a shower. Or I will drive without the radio on.

 There you have it folks! Here’s to practicing yoga in a way that’s meaningful for us and practical for our busy lifestyles. For more yoga and lifestyle tips, join me in my Facebook group Samadhi Living: For Empowered and Exceptional Folks.

Hien Hong Yoga

-Hien Hong

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m going to go do legs up the wall pose! 🙂 Yoga for me is all about stress release, relaxation, and calming my mind.  I hope Hien inspired you to fit a little more yoga into your busy life. If you want to learn even more about yoga, please consider joining her Facebook group. It’s a place for anyone interested in loving life through yoga, meditation and spirituality. 

What does yoga mean to you?

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64 Comments

  1. I love doing yoga. It helps with my back and joint issues.
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  2. I love this because I hold so much tension and sit all day, and this is great reminder to do a few minutes to stretch my body and calm my mind.

  3. I did a yoga video the other day. I didn’t have time for the full thing. I think what I need to do is learn some basic moves that I can do anytime without waiting for the TV to load. These are great tips!
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    • A lot of my favorite Yoga with Adriene videos (free on YouTube) are really short Jamie! If I do have a long stretch of time (SO RARE lol), then I do a few back to back! 🙂

  4. I have always wanted to learn yoga. Any suggestions on where to begin or resources?
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    • If you aren’t ready to take a class in person Rebecca I recommend doing videos at home. Lot’s of great ones for free on YouTube and I highly recommend Yoga with Adriene. She is the best!

  5. This is really helpful. I did a lot of aerobics back in the day, but I admit yoga is a little intimidating to me. Thanks for breaking it down!

    • I really can be intimidating Susan, I totally get that! 🙂 I hope you can find a beginner class or video to ease you into it someday because it really is wonderful 🙂

  6. I have started doing yoga in the mornings as a way to start the day off right. It is really changing the way my whole day goes!
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  7. Yoga isn’t for me, but I know lots of people do it!
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  8. Funny yoga is something I have never really got into. Tried it at home, but maybe if I took a class I would enjoy it more. My daughter does it during her lunch breaks.
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  9. I’ve never been big on working out, but I have been interested in trying out yoga
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    • You should try it sometime Crystal! There are plenty of free, short, wonderful yoga videos on YouTUbe! 🙂 Let me know if you ever need recommendations!

  10. I have such a hard time with yoga. I’m just not flexible. I know if I did it more I would be though.
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  11. I have been doing a little office-chair yoga recently as my back has been playing up from sitting at the computer all day. I’ve found it’s really working too, which is great 🙂

    Louise

  12. Thank you for the awesome tips! I have been on my fitness journey for years but just started Yoga early this year. Will definitely incorporate them 🙂
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  13. I started Yoga a few weeks ago on my own. Thank you for the great tips.

  14. I love yoga; especially bikram yoga! I need to take more time out for it though

  15. There’s always time for yoga. It may not always be a 60-minute class but time on the mat is a priority throuhghout the week.

  16. Yoga is a wonderful exercise and it helps relax your mind as well. It will always be my favorite because you also get to meditate as you do poses! I highly recommended it for people who are often stressed from work and life in general.

  17. Yoga really does help me relax, I have to make more time for it.
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    • You are busy with three beautiful babies and so much more Nikki! 😉 I hope you do find a little time for it if it makes you feel good though <3

  18. I so do the yoga stretches! It helps me out a lot!

  19. Yeah, we need to have time for it. It is a lovely form of exercise!

  20. Yoga is really great. I need to make time for it. I used to go twice a week to a yoga class. I miss it a lot.
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  21. I do need to find more time for Yoga and then just do it. My oldest sometimes tries to mimic me which can be pretty funny.

  22. I have been hearing a lot about yoga and the benefits it offers now I know that there is time to do yoga in a busy life
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  23. Yoga is awesome and there’s so many benefits that comes with doing it. I think it’s great that you posted something like this to encourage people and show them what it can do for your mind and body!
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  24. Great post! Completely agree and Yoga is my go to. I sit all day for my job, so I have a few go to poses that relieve my tight hips and back.

  25. Yoga helps in maintaining a balanced metabolism and have huge number of health benefits to follow. These are some great ideas to practice it despite leading a busy life and could motivate many to step-in!

  26. I definitely need those tension exercises after the last few crazy weeks. Thanks for sharing with us on #FridayFrivolity
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  27. This is a great post! I love yoga!

  28. I love yoga. Thank you for sharing these tips!

  29. I needed to read this! I haven’t done any yoga in months because I told myself I was too busy. Now I’ll be figuring out how to work it back into my routine. 🙂
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  30. Hi! I just would like to give a huge thumbs up for the great information you may have here on this post. I are going to be coming back to your blog for a lot more soon.

  31. I think anyone can make time for anything they want to do. We are all busy but if you really set your mind to it, you can do anything you want to make time for.

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  32. Hello, it is quite interesting to read your blog. I love to do yoga daily because it is very helpful for health. Yoga is the important part of my daily routine and I never skip this Thanks!
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