October is Here - Do you have 5 Minutes to Spare?

I love October in Wisconsin.  The weather, the landscape, the flavors, the sweaters to wear....sigh.  I.  Love.  It. 

October is the beginning of the cozy seasons - autumn and winter.  While I love sunny and warm, crisp and chilly is pretty wonderful too.

And here's something to think about this month........

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If you are reading this blog, you must be at least a little bit interested in yoga.  Lots of people tell me that they want to begin a yoga practice, but they are busy, not flexible, old, tired, uncoordinated, self conscious, overweight, and the list goes on.  The thing is, bringing yoga into your life is possible in spite of any of those excuses and more.  And when I say the word "excuses," I say it with no judgment.  

You can start your practice this week (today!) with five minutes of yoga. 

Begin by sitting in comfortable stillness while you breathe through your nose with even and slow inhales and exhales.  Focus on just paying attention to your breath.  When other thoughts find there way in, gently dismiss them.  (1-3 minutes)

Move on to the next part of this 5-minute practice.  While seated, inhale and reach up.  Exhale and float your hands down to your sides.  Repeat slowly 5-10 times.

Now stand in Mountain Pose and begin the following flow:  Inhale to upward facing salute (arms extended overhead and looking up). Exhale to forward fold. Inhale to unfolding halfway. Exhale to forward fold.  Inhale to upward facing salute, just as at the beginning of this flow and repeat the whole thing 3-5 times.  Move slowly and with your breath.  After your last upward facing salute, exhale hands in anjali mudra (prayer pose with hands near heart) in front of you.  

And here are some photos to guide you from the Sankulpa Yoga archives.

Mountain Pose

Mountain Pose

Forward Fold (Modification:  Knees bent with hands on shins)

Forward Fold (Modification:  Knees bent with hands on shins)

Unfolding halfway (hands may be on shins)

Unfolding halfway (hands may be on shins)

Let's build upon this next week.  If you want more, great!  Go for it!  However, 5 minutes every day will have a positive effect on your life.  I promise.  <3  


If you haven't yet, please, please read about Sankulpa Yoga's very first retreat.  I hope you can join me, and if not, will you please share it on social media?  I'm working to make this a first in a line of many yoga retreats designed for everyone.  Everyone:  meaning everyone.  Thank you.