There are good reasons to make time for yoga in your schedule.
A regular practice can help you get stronger, nab a new personal best, and banish those nagging aches and pains that seem to crop up every time you push the pace or your weekly mileage.
The flexibility, range of motion, and mental sharpness that you gain when you’re on the mat, will help you get more out of your time on the road.
And here’s the good news: yoga doesn’t have to require a big investment of time or money.
“When it comes to yoga a little bit goes a long way,” said yoga teacher Erin Taylor, author of Hit Reset: Revolutionary Yoga for Athletes.
“When you’re practicing in a way that’s relevant, and really supporting you in achieving your goals, it shouldn’t just be another workout. It should be a balancing factor to everything else that you do.”
In as little as five minutes a day, you can use yoga to correct imbalances caused by stress, injury and illnesses, and help you reach your fitness goals whatever they are, said Taylor, founder of Jasyoga, who is the yoga coach for the Oiselle team. Here are some tips from Taylor on how to make the most of your time on the mat.