5 Minute Morning Yoga Class for Beginners



This quick beginner-friendly yoga class is perfect for when you need to stretch but don’t have a lot of time.

To do this class, you will want to have a quiet space with a clean floor. If you have a yoga mat, you can use one, or a large towel will do just fine. If you are doing yoga on a carpeted floor, you may not need a towel or a mat.

At the end of class, we spend a few minutes lying down with our eyes closed, practicing relaxation. If this is uncomfortable for you, feel free to keep your eyes open.

Be sure to read all of the information below before you get started!



Most people don’t have an hour or 90 minutes to go to yoga class. We’re busy people!

I’m Elie Calhoun and I work with leaders to help them optimize their well-being so they can be healthy and happy making change in the world’s most challenging places.

Yoga is an Essential Daily Practice if you want to stay flexible and strong. Because the physical poses in hatha yoga are based on an ancient approach to holistic well-being, they have literally been optimized over thousands of years to produce the best results for physical, mental and even emotional health.

Yoga is cumulative so the more often you practice, the better your results. Frequency, not duration, is what’s important.

I hope this video inspires you to start a daily practice. All you need is about 15 minutes of quick yoga!


*** Frequently Asked Questions / FAQ ***

I lead wellness and leadership programs for changemakers and I find that two physical practices optimize leaders’ self-care:

1. YOGA – This is the ancient science of how to sit for a long time without being miserable. What I’m calling yoga in this video is only one sliver of a massive sociocultural system that was developed thousands of years ago in the Indus river valley, in what is now the country of India. Physical yoga poses called asanas were practiced by monks meditating for hours and hours a day. The ancient teachers found optimal ways to stretch the body so that it feels good to sit still, and now we have what we global call yoga. I’ve practiced yoga since I was five and can testify to it’s ability to help manage stress and anxiety.

2. MEDITATION – Research says meditation is better for your mind than taking a multivitamin. I am such a nerd about meditation that I created a whole FREE CLASS on it. I won’t say any more here. If you like what I create, go sign up at I’ll see you there!


There are things you can — and should — do to minimize the risk of any kind of injury.

1. GO SLOW. Not all exercise is suitable for everyone. This class or any exercise program could result in injury, so consult your health care provider before you begin.

2. NEVER FORCE OR STRAIN. It’s your responsibility to determine your ability to do the exercises offered in this class. This is especially important if you have any particular injury or condition.

3. STOP. Do not continue if you feel any kind of pain, dizziness or discomfort. If you are a woman who is pregnant or menstruating, educate yourself about limitations you may face with these exercises.

4. GET THE HELP YOU NEED. Go to a community yoga class and get personalized instruction. Of course the instruction here does not substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis or treatment.

(The creators, producers and distributors of this program disclaim any liability or loss arising out of or in connection with the services or exercise and advice herein.)

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