Briana Verdugo 2016-12-08 05:52:27
During this busy season, center yourself with a yoga workout right in the comfort of your hotel room. Between hosting and attending parties, spending time with family and jetting off on seasonal holidays, winter’s busy schedule can seriously cut into the time normally set aside for selfcare— especially when it comes to exercise. But staying regularly active is vital to keeping in good health and every little bit can make a difference for your body and mind. Few methods of physical activity are as immediately effective as yoga, and just five minutes of movement can benefit you. “ … [Yoga] works really quickly. … You feel better from the first move,” says Sara Ivanhoe, a celebrity trainer and the current yoga spokeswoman for Weight Watchers. Ivanhoe, who earned a master’s degree in yoga philosophy from Loyola Marymount University, notes that for many busy people, finding time to practice fitness or meditation is what enables them to accomplish so much throughout their day. “ … If you just take a little bit of time, even just 10 minutes, or even if you stop and do three stretches with your arms, it’s almost like you can hit the reset button,” Ivanhoe says. While sneaking in a quick five- or 10-minute yoga workout will not drastically change your body, it will have an effect on your ability to be confident and productive throughout the remainder of the day. Or, as Ivanhoe says, “ … Five minutes a day is going to make you feel better no matter what you look like, and that’s the key.” Just a Taste While Montage Hotels & Resorts offer a range of exciting fitness classes, sometimes a busy schedule prevents a visit to the gym.Here, celebrity yoga instructor Sara Ivanhoe shares a workout from her “Taste” yoga series: A compilation of 10 short routines that cover topics including wake, work, cleanse, burn and sleep. As the series notes, “Life moves quickly. Some days all you have time for is just a ‘Taste.’ ” FIRM WORKOUT Benefits: Centers, strengthens, improves posture, grace, core 1.Intention: Kneeling, palms together at the heart, eyes closed. Always take a few moments to breathe, center and focus—remember what is really important to you. 2.Plank: Beginning on your hands and knees, keep arms straight, about shoulder width apart.Curl your right toes under and stretch the right leg straight behind you, follow with the left. Even simply holding plank position is beneficial—hold for three to five breaths. Optional: Raise right leg a few inches above the ground, keeping leg straight. Keep your belly firm to ensure the press does not strain the lower back. Release leg back to plank position. Repeat with the left leg. 3.Side Plank Series: Roll to the outside of the right foot and rotate the body to face the left. Firm the belly and draw the tailbone down toward the feet. Take the top (left) leg, bend it and place the bottom of the left foot on the floor in front of you. Press through the left foot to relieve pressure on the right arm and core of the body.Extend the left arm up. Hold for three to five breaths. Come back to plank position and then repeat on other side. Optional: Roll to the outside of the right foot.Keeping both legs straight, stack the left leg on top of the right. 4.Sphinx: Lie down on your belly and place your forearms on the ground in front of you.Forearms should be about shoulder width apart and parallel to each other. Rest here; this is a restorative backbend. 5.Forearm Plank Series: Keep your forearms parallel. Curl the right toes under, straightening the right leg, repeat with other leg so you are in a forearm plank. Repeat directions for the straight arm plank series. 6.Finish: Press your body back into child’s pose.Return to kneeling and take a moment to appreciate your practice.
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