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Five 5 min Holiday Yoga Breaks and What They’re Good For

1052-seasonalJust do it!!  This is your mantra during chaotic situations when you find yourself making rational excuses about why you can’t just stop, pause, reflect for a yoga break. 

Here are 5 ways to spend the break and some intentions you can connect to them. Knowing what an exercise does for you while you are doing it increases the positive effect manyfold!! 

I suggest designating a yoga space for yourself when you arrive at a location where you will be for any significant length of time.  Even if the space is in a crowded room where floor exercises are inappropriate, you can designate a corner or a chair, etc. to occupy when you need that break- even if all you can do is lower your eyes and watch your breath for a few rounds.

I hope you enjoy these. And remember, the BEST practice is to do as you are guided from your inner teacher!   “Within you there is a stillness and a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.”  Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha


1. Five min downward dog great for mental/physical endurance….when your attention span is short you feel myopic or erratic, overstimulation of senses, too much socializing, or just wanting a workout without much movement.  Observe which tires first- mental or physical stamina.


2. Viparita Karani (Legs up the wall) –energy balancer, when you’re tired but so buzzed you can’t relax even laying down, antidote for too much sitting, or too much time on feet, and /or jet lag.


3.  Playing Favorites–  when you’ve done things everyone else’s way and want to treat yourself to what you like for a change.

Postures are listed by name….but maybe you don’t know the name of your favorite…just practice it as you know it, remembering instead the alignment and mind of the posture.

  • A) favorite backbend for 1 min. such as cobra, sphinx, updog, seal, bridge, wheel, fish
  • B) favorite twist for 1 min. such as marichiasana, padangustasana, bharadvajasana, spiral, knees to chest, twisting lunge revolved twisting lunge, triangle, revolved triangle
  • C) favorite forward fold for 1 min. such as uttanasana, paschimotanasana, upavista konasana
  • D) savasana— 2 mins. (—-note: forward fold or back bend can be first, just make sure a twist is performed in between them.  Savasana is traditionally last but it’s also a great way to begin if you need to rest or calm down before starting.)


4. Better than Espresso— Find energy, tone all tissues of body.


5. Saluting and Standing

One sun salute to get a 5 count breath rhythm going then into a series of balances.  Complete the final balance seamlessly- with the sense that as both feet hit the floor, you are still physically balancing- as you walk away from the practice, still physically balancing, to help keep mental and emotional balance. — Restore mental clarity, calm, nonchalance, ability to think on feet.


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