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Yoga for nine-to-fivers

Deborah Dayani, editor of shares her tips for incorporating a yoga routine into a busy schedule.

Yoga for nine-to-fivers

Having a regular 9-5 job should never be an excuse to not make it to your daily or weekly yoga class. Everyone faces the challenge of finding the time in one’s day, and making excuses with oneself is a loosing battle when it comes to the pursuit of better health.

Yoga are widely accessible in the CBD, downtown Singapore and in the heartlands. Be it small and cosy boutique-type studios like Yoga Movement, Anahata, Updog Studio or even posh-nosh big-chains like Pure Yoga, Hom Yoga, or Affinity Yoga that cater to larger groups, there’s a yoga class for everyone across the island.

Find yoga classes and studios near your office on Stretch City here.

Once you’ve picked a yoga studio that’s handy to your home or office, decide when you want to attend classes. If you’re a morning person, plan to attend at least two morning classes in a week and stick to your routine. If you prefer to work out in the evenings, take a gym bag to the office and head over after work instead of hitting the bar at happy hour and your body will thank you for it.

Lunch time classes are also great if you’re too sleepy in the morning and too exhausted after work. Although, yoga is a great way to revitalise the body and de-stress. Most studios in the CBD offer lunch time sessions, making it convenient for working yogis to squeeze in a practice during the day. Most classes run for 45 minutes, giving you enough time for a quick shower and a healthy lunch takeaway on the way back to the office.

It’s easier said than done, especially when you have to control the urge to hit the snooze button one too many times at the crack of dawn. Motivate yourself by writing down what you enjoy about yoga and why it’s important to practice it. Place the note somewhere you can see it everyday, like on a mirror or at your desk. You could even set a daily alarm with a reminder on your mobile phone.

It’s really important to plan a schedule for your practice and mix it up a little just to see which routine suits you the best. For example, the first week could be spent attending only morning classes and sleeping early at night just so your body gets the rest it needs. Replenish your body with high-protein food such as bananas or health bars at least 20-30 minutes before your session and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.

For the second week, try going to yoga classes in the evenings instead. This means that you’d have to plan your social life around your practice. If you’re lucky enough to make it to class right after work, have a healthy snack like unsalted nuts or a tuna sandwich at least an hour before your yoga class.

The most common mistake we make is to pig out after exercising. It’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that it’s ok to eat anything we want because our bodies can ‘burn it off’ after. We lose water and metabolise protein when we exercise, so what we put into our bodies affects how quickly our muscles recover from a workout.

There are many delicious and healthy options available so there is no excuse for temptation or to give in to cravings. Committing time to a yoga session is half the battle won. Stay motivated and watch the food you eat.

After a workout, look for healthy options, many are pocket-friendly too. Find healthy restaurants and cafes here.

You can also prepare your own healthy meals at home. Just opt for organic products and fresh produce from organic health food stores.

Contributed by Deborah Dayani, editor of Stretch City, a yoga lifestyle website listing studios, shops, restaurants, events, and promotions related to healthy eco-living in Singapore. 

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