Quick Yoga For a Fast, Firm Body: Speedy Momma Fitness Moment

Moms like Reese Witherspoon and Debra Messing love Yoga…did you know you can do it at home?

The Trend: Quick, easy Yoga poses

Not many people have time for a strenuous mid-week workout, but not a lot of mommas realize how little time it takes: yoga can strengthen your body and improve your health in just ten minutes a day! These poses are simple too (so any busy momma can do them with ease). And if you don’t have the money to invest in a new form of fitness, don’t worry: you don’t need any equipment! All you need is a mat or a towel on the floor (carpet works fine too), and comfortable clothing (even if it’s just your flannel p.j.s)

Remember: do each pose for 5-8 breaths.

This is called the Crescent. First, you stand with your feet planted together and your arms at your sides. Then you inhale (while raising your arms above your head) and then exhale as you bend your right knee forward. Repeat with left leg. (This move is great for  your abs, hips, and thighs!)

This is called the Willow pose. First, you start off in the same stance as the above pose. Keeping feet planted together and arms at your sides, slowly raise your right foot and rest it on the inner thigh of your left leg. Next, raise your arms to balance yourself, creating a willow-like movement. (This is the best move to get rid of those annoying love handles!)

This is called the Rocking Boat. This one is a little more difficult and requires a lot of strength from your core. But after you master this move, all the others seem easy! First, sit on the floor with knees bent, feet on the floor, and hands on your thighs. Keeping your upper-body straight, lean back and release your knees from its bent position, keeping toes pointed. (This helps you get firm abs and a sexy back just in time for the warmer weather!)

This is called the Hover, and for good reason, too! This move begins in the push-up position with your entire body forming a “plank” parallel to the floor. You want to lower your chest towards the ground, holding abs tight and keeping your elbows close to your body. This is intense, so watch out! You will feel the burn…but that’s a good thing! (This is amazing for great shoulders, arms, abs, and your back!)

This is called the Chair pose because it looks like you’re sitting in an imaginary chair! With feet together and hands at your sides, you want to exhale and lean back, creating a 45 degree angle with your body. Keep your abs tight and your arms straight to get the most out of this move. (If you want a firm butt and thighs, check this one out!)

Yoga is not only good for the body,  it’s good for the soul. Sometimes, it’s nice to kick back and do these exercises that don’t require a ton of strain on your body, sweaty group classes, or pumping music. Breathe it in, tune out the kids, and give yourself the 10 minute break you deserve.

* Trend Sound Off: Do you think you can handle these yoga poses?

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