Lately, I’ve been in
hermit research & development mode. After 6 months of creating consistent content, I have learned so much and grown a lot. One recent realization is that consistency in a yoga practice is a struggle for so many people. As such, today I want to share a quick 5-minute standing yoga flow for beginners.
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5 Minute Standing Yoga for Beginners
Firstly, begin standing in the middle of the mat facing the long edge. Take three breaths to ground and center into the practice. Secondly, take the feet nice and wide, with the outside edges of the feet parallel to the short edges of the mat. Then from the hip crease, hinge forward into padottansana, wide-legged forward fold.
Come down as far as is comfortable supporting the hands on the floor, or blocks. Stay for three to five breaths, then rise back into standing. After that turn the feet and femurs to the right edge of your mat. Bend the right knee, and as a result come into Warrior 2.
Hold for a few breaths. During this time lengthen the right leg, and rebend. Do this three times in total. But on the third time hold the extension of the leg. Turning the feet to the long edge again, fold into padottanasana once more. Note how it feels to do this position the second time. For example, are you able to reach the floor with more ease?
If the hands reach the floor is it possible for the peace fingers to grab the big toes? Can the elbows rise to the ceiling? Again, hold for the 3 breaths before standing and repeating Warrior 2 to the left side, and taking one final wide-legged fold. Rise to stand and end this 5-minute standing yoga for beginners with three cleansing breaths.
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To sum up, this class is all about hamstrings and inner thighs. Likewise, that’s the focus of a 40-minute class I did for my Patreon community this month. Certainly, if you enjoyed this 5-minute class you’ll love Patreon.
The 40-minute class I released this week has all these poses and more. What are you waiting for? If you enjoy yoga and the way I teach, I think you’d love Patreon. It’s a great way to keep a consistent yoga practice, ask questions, and get all my content early. Join today.
- Do you prefer long or short yoga sessions?
- Can you touch the floor in Padottanasana?
- Does anyone else get the desire to hibernate sometimes?
I prefer short yoga sessions. I have a pretty hectic schedule on weekdays but I still want to make sure I get to do it every day thus, short yoga sessions work for me. Thank you for sharing this standing yoga exercise. Will incorporate it into my routine.
Same, I’d rather do several short sessions a day than end up missing days because I couldn’t get on my mat for an hour
I love how you make these yoga exercises simple especially for beginners. I also need to work on my inner thighs and this standing yoga is definitely something I can incorporate in my routine. Thanks!
Inner thigh strength or flexibility?
Loving this and check you out keeping all super fit and flex. I will try this out tomorrow morning x
Hurtling towards 50 next year so gotta keep fit and healthy!
Love it..and I’m very guilty of no consistency. Even when I have a few minutes, I just want to nap and forget the world for a bit lol. I’m trying to be better.
I hear ya on forgetting about the World for a bit. Thankful for my yoga practice so much more these days
Standing yoga is so good for you! It’s so helpful especially when working from home!
Yep, the more I sit at a desk the worse I feel.
I LOVE how you’ve reframed staying home as research and development mode, it’s such a great perspective to take! I love a bit of standing yoga, it makes me feel so powerful and it’s perfect for times when you don’t really want to be laying on the floor x
Thanks. That’s how fall feels to me. A time of research and development and some Self inquiry.
I love this! It’s such a great way to help people that are interested in getting into yoga but aren’t too sure about their ability to do it. Sure, you are stretching either way – standing or on the floor. But something about being able to do it from standing makes it a little more comfortable for those who are hesitant.
Yes. Especially those with wrist problems, or just want some movement without having get down on the floor.
Loving your posts! I keep them in mind when I’m on the mat! Thank you again.
Definitely need more mindfulness on the mat