10 Minutes – That’s All It Takes

I know many people who would like to try and practice yoga but have too many excuses, the best excuse of them all would be “I DON’T HAVE THE TIME”. Well, I used to use that excuse all the time, until I decided to exchange 10 minutes of watching TV into yoga time. If you are looking for a 10-minute yoga for beginners lessons, I will introduce you to some great 10-minute yoga exercises that I tried out from YOGA DOWNLOAD.

In their website, you may find a wide range of lessons divided into length, style, focus, level and more. Some of them are free and some cost money. I found some good 10-minute yoga for beginners exercises that I will tell you about in this post.

I signed up for the unlimited membership that gives me access to all the classes and packages for FREE with no extra cost.

Press HERE to get a 50% discount coupon on a monthly membership (which is what I did). 

After you press the link you will have two option to choose from, the unlimited membership that gives you access to free downloads of yoga classes each month with the original price of 18$ – but with this coupon, you will get 50% discount.  The second option would be the standard membership where you get four free downloads and a 50% discount on all programs and packages.

I signed up for the unlimited membership so all the classes I will tell you about today I got for FREE, I will give you a short review of some of YOGA DOWNLOAD’s 10-minute yoga lessons.

Simple Stretches for Beginners

Teacher: Kevin Durkin

Class Name: 10 min Beginning Iyengar

Length: 10 minutes

Props: None (Or maybe a mat or blanket to sit on)

My Ranking: 8 out of 10

Price: 2.99$ (or FREE if you’re a member).

This exercise is done only sitting down so there is no need for any special props. This lesson is very good for beginners and for people who would like to start out easy and learn the most basic stretches.

I thought that this lesson was fine, though it was a little bit to slow for me and I like the exercises that are more active. But yet again, if you are a complete beginner this lesson would be great for you!

Yoga Stretches – With The Help of a Near Chair and Table

Teacher: Dia Draper

Class NameGet Up, Stand Up: Lumbar Love

Length: 10:26 Minutes

Level: Beginners

Props: Table, Chair

Price:  2.99$ (or FREE if you’re a member).

My Ranking: 6 out of 10

This lesson is good for people who are sitting in front of a desk for a long period and could use a 10-minute break and stretch the body. The lesson involved many stretches for your lower back and hamstrings.

I didn’t like this exercise because it involves getting on your knees and I think that when you’re in the office you don’t really want to place your hands or knees on the (not so clean floor), maybe it’s something that bothers me and you might not even care so this would be a great exercise for you.

You Can Do This ANYWHERE – Even At Your Office

Teacher: Jackie Casal Mahrou

Class Name: Stand Up & Stretch

Length: 11:30 minutes

Level: Beginners

Props: None

Price: 2.99$ (or FREE if you’re a member).

My Ranking: 10 out of 10!

This is a great exercise for anyone who sits a lot and it’s also good as a morning routine and to simply get some good stretches. The practice can be done without any props, there is no need for a yoga mat and you can keep your shoes on too! The exercise is done only with standing postures so you don’t have to sit at all. This really can be done anywhere! At the office, at the airport and also at home.

This 10-minute yoga is a great place to start out if you don’t have enough time or physical space, this exercise is simple and very easy to follow through.

When I tried this short class I tried to copy the poses as they show in the video and it was very easy to follow, the explanations were very precise and I felt that with every stretch and every pose I’m weakening my whole body. The postures were very easy to follow and I am sure that everyone will be able to do this sequence.

Work On Your Core

Teacher: Shy Sayar

Class Name: The Best Damn Ab Isolation Ever!

Length: 10:40 minutes

Level: Beginners

Props: None (Or maybe just a mat so you won’t have to lay on the floor)

Price: 2.99$ (or FREE if you’re a member).

My Ranking: 8 out of 10

This short exercise focuses on stabling the abs and concentration on the core using the breath. When I tried out this lesson I noticed that the guidance was great and I didn’t need to look at the screen at all.

It took me a while to understand what exactly I’m supposed to do and what I’m supposed to feel, and it was difficult for me to concentrate on my breathing and my core muscles at the same time. I think that I will need to practice this a few more times until I get it right.

Would You Exchange 10 Minutes of TV For 10 Minutes of Yoga?

If you have 10 minutes to spare, or if you would like to give your body some positive attention I would definitely recommend you trying yoga, even for as little as 10 minutes. You will be surprised as to how easy and fun yoga can really be.

You can do these exercises anywhere you like, at home, at the office, at the park. The important thing to remember is to SMILE and have fun!

I would love to know if you would try a 10-minute yoga exercise? Let me know in the comments below.

Paulina

22 thoughts on “10 Minute Yoga for Beginners – It’s Really That Easy”

  1. Thank you for this article, I am getting to the stage in life where I need to do something before I stiffen up altogether. 10 minutes, who can say no to that?

  2. It’s just incredible what we can accomplish in 10 intentional minutes. I love your suggestion for trading ten minutes of passive TV time (which most of us would agree isn’t all that valuable) for something that could become invaluable.

    When I was a massage therapist I CONSTANTLY got after my clients to get up, break up the stagnant computer-zombie workflow, and do some or ANY kind of stretching for a few minutes. I told them to try this every hour but that was an intentional overshoot – really, even if they just did something like that once or a few times a day it would make a difference (and make MY job easier, ha). This website would be a great resource for ideas for short routines!

    1. Thanks Penny, I’m sure that even a short 10 minute yoga routine can go a long way for everyone 🙂

  3. Excellent article for me anyways. Because I was entertaining the possibility of starting the practice of yoga. What you written gives me insight as what to prepare for. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for the comment Maurice, I hope you get the chance to do yoga and feel how it is for you. You can also try some easy poses like the Child’s Pose 🙂

  4. Hi Paulina,

    I didn’t know it’s so easy to start doing Yoga even at home.

    I always thought that Yoga classes need and must to be done at your nearest gym 🙂

    Thanks for the info with the great images.

    1. I also used to think that yoga has to be done at a studio with a minimum of 60 minutes, but actually everyone can do yoga even for as little as 10 minutes. It’s great for the body and U know that I love to get up from my desk and start doing some stretches and simple yoga poses (like the Tadasana).
      Paulina

  5. Hi Paulina! This post is great for me!

    I work from home and do a lot of sitting at the computer. I try to use a technique called the Pomodoro techinque in which you set a 25 minute timer and complete a task within that time, then follow that up with a 5-10 minute break. I use this technique while I work to remind me to get up and move around. Getting your blood flowing is good for the body in so many ways (plus…I’m trying hard to avoid office butt! haha!). I am going to look into incorporating this into my routine. Good stuff! Thanks so much!

    Best of luck to you!
    EJ

    1. That’s a great idea! I should try to set an alarm also and complete a task at that time. I have noticed that since I’ve started to practice yoga more regularly I pay closer attention to my posture throughout the day, when I’m sitting in front of my desk or when I’m out for a walk. What you said it true ‘Getting your blood flowing’ is so important! 🙂
      Paulina

  6. You are so right when it comes to people’s lame excuses. People always make time for what it important to them. I’ve never heard any say “I don’t have time to eat today” for example. And I personally find that when you keep your body healthy and in good shape, you end up being more focused and productive at work.

    If you only did yoga once a day, do you think it would be better to start your day off with it, or end you day with it?

    1. I love your excuse example 😉
      I prefer to do yoga in the morning because it helps me start my day feeling good, but it’s definitely not a ‘must’. If you’re just starting out with yoga you could do it whenever feels good… Many people aren’t morning people so I think its better to do it in the evening or whenever you can and have the time rather than doing nothing.
      You can read my full post about when is the best time to do yoga.
      Paulina

  7. Well, I don’t watch TV, so I cannot do that exchange 🙂 But I will be checking out the site you recommend, because I have been dabbling here and there in yoga, but could use some more instruction.
    Thank you for sharing it.

    1. Hey Claudia, It’s awesome that you don’t watch TV! You probably spend you time on better things 😉
      What I like about this site is that it has so many great lessons to offer (some are to difficult for me right now so I am only going for the beginners section).
      Paulina

  8. Hi Paulina,

    Great post. My partner and I love yoga and go at least once a week. I find it great as I am a runner and get sore so its great to stretch those muscles.

    Love the exercises and will give them a go and I’ll check out the download.

    keep up the great work. Love your website,

    Kev

    1. Thanks Kev! I love to run too and I know that stretching is a big part of the exercise. There are a lot of ‘yoga for runners’ poses that really can do good for people that run a lot. (I am planing on writing a post on yoga for runners in the near future 😉 )
      Paulina

  9. Cool my wife and I have started bit of an irregular practice, but little short doses done frequently is better than big chunks once a week, Even if people must watch TV they can still practice certain poses when the commercials are on…
    Baby steps, and eventually we could be tackling the harder flows..

    1. You’re right, it’s better to start little by little until you find what is best for you.
      Paulina

  10. wow, this looks quite easy, but I think…I need to lose some weight and belly fat first, I dont think I will be able to stretch as much as I might need to perform these posture.

    What is ur advice?

    Thanks

    1. Thanks for asking this question, just yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine that said the same thing. He said that he needs to loose some weight before trying yoga, but the truth is that yoga is very individual. The point is NOT to be flexible but to Honor your own body and find the position and stretches that are exactly good for you. You can start out with simple poses like the Tadasana and the Child’s Pose.
      I hope you will give yoga a try 🙂
      Paulina

  11. OMG…Just what I’ve been looking for. I can definitely swap 10 minutes of TV for 10 minutes of yoga.
    I think my fave is You Can Do This ANYWHERE – Even At Your Office.

    I feel much more comfortable starting with 10 minutes at home before I move into a class.

    Thank you so much for sharing this.

    1. I know what you’re saying… It’s hard to jump straight to a full 60 minute yoga class, sometime the best way to do it is start small and then decide how you want to continue with the practice.
      Paulina

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