Body, Mind, Spirit Magazine

Five Minute Yoga: Booger Blasting

By Anytimeyoga @anytimeyoga

In her recent interview with Hanne Blank Amber at Body Positive Yoga joined a 100 days challenge, saying, “I’ll be committing to move my body every day for at least 30 minutes, whether that’s walking, swimming, dancing, lifting weights, or practicing yoga.”

As I was reading, my thoughts on that went like this — in order:

  1. That’s awesome!
  2. I don’t think I could do 30 minutes every day for 100 days.
  3. I mean, sure, most days — but every day?
  4. Well, what do I do when I can’t run or practice for a full 30 minutes that day?
  5. Wait, there have been days like that. What have I already done?

So I thought it might be fun to start an intermittent series of “five minute” yoga options. While I’m not going to say that each one can be done in exactly five minutes, they will be options for folks who have very limited yoga time.

Of course, now that I’ve prefaced the whole thing as coming from ideas about movement, the first five minute option I’d like to include has little to do with whole body movement — though there is some movement involved in respiration.

Because, pressed for time, one of the first “yoga” things I will do is some alternate nostril breathing. While allergies and sinus problems make this challenging and often noisy, I find the breath practice itself immensely useful for calming, focusing, and just feeling like I’ve taken some “me time.”

[Jennifer Kostel instructing for Expert Village. Video via YouTube.]

I’m not claiming alternate nostril breathing is magic — if it were, I’d be able to do it with far fewer boogers — but I do find it at least somewhat useful for being with chronic pain as well as for trying to be here through a PTSD trigger. Plus, if I hold my fingers just right, it looks like I’m picking my nose — which of course I think is hilarious. :P

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Five Minute Friday: Path

    Five Minute Friday: Path

    There is a road in front of my that I don't want to take. That road is one of obedience, but also one that could mean more pain. The Spirit has been urging me t... Read more

    The 15 June 2012 by   Doulalovelou
  • Five Minute Friday: Roots

    Five Minute Friday: Roots

    My bookshelf is overflowing, so much so that I have books stacked on the floor on my nightstand with no place to call home. Read more

    The 02 November 2012 by   Doulalovelou
  • Five Minute Friday: Dance

    Five Minute Friday: Dance

    Yesterday. And the day before. Two days chalk full of some pretty intense emotions... good bad. Much heartache and crying, many cleansing words, and in the en... Read more

    The 29 June 2012 by   Doulalovelou
  • The Five Minute "Tart" Snack

    Five Minute "Tart" Snack

    Sometimes all you really have is five minutes to create a snack either because of unexpected guests, starving kids, nothing to eat in the house or maybe you jus... Read more

    The 17 October 2012 by   Glasgow Skinner/ My Life On And Off The Guest List
  • Five Minute Friday: Welcome

    Five Minute Friday: Welcome

    There's nothing like climbing into your own bed after being away for a week.Feeling your comfy mattress underneath you. Cozying up in your perfectly clean,... Read more

    The 05 October 2012 by   Doulalovelou
  • Let Five-Minute Mentoring Scale Your Productivity

    Five-Minute Mentoring Scale Your Productivity

    I’ve always wondered why every executive meeting has to be one hour in length, or longer. That’s probably a tenth of your day spent on one issue. It better be... Read more

    The 16 December 2012 by   Martin Zwilling
  • Delivering a Five Minute Presentation

    Delivering Five Minute Presentation

    When might you use a five minute presentation? Some situations like when you've been asked at the last minute to make a quick introduction for someone else or... Read more

    The 26 August 2013 by   Maranda Gibson

Add a comment