20-Minute Inner Workout to Alleviate Stress and Tension

Most workouts help you improve your cardiorespiratory fitness or help you to build muscle and get stronger, but sometimes you simply need something that focuses on your inner wellness. Taylor Elyse Morrison, an AFAA-certified trainer and an RYT, knows focusing on what’s happening with you mentally and emotionally is just as important as your physical health, which is why she created Inner Workout.

“Inner Workout is the culmination of a years-long self-care journey,” Morrison told POPSUGAR. “I found myself regularly facing burnout, and I realized that my surface-level approach to self-care wasn’t working,” she said. Morrison then redefined self-care for herself, describing it as “listening within and responding in the most loving way possible.” Desiring a practice that would help develop her ability to listen within and lovingly respond to herself, she created Inner Workout.

“The practice is rooted in the yogic concept of koshas (metaphorical layers within the human body), and each class seamlessly blends movement, breathwork, journaling, and meditation,” Morrison explained. This workout is completely different than a HIIT workout, but it’s equally as important to focus on what’s going on internally, not just the physical aspect of wellness. “An Inner Workout isn’t about changing your body. It’s about getting to know yourself. Our practice helps you meaningfully practice self-care both on and off the mat,” Morrison said.

If you’re in need of something that will help you alleviate stress and tension while gently showing your body some TLC, get ready to do some inner work.

Taylor Elyse Morrison’s 20-Minute Inner Workout

  • Plank walkout: 10 reps
  • Cat Cow to Child’s Pose: five reps
  • Knees to chest: one minute
  • Breathwork: three minutes
  • Journaling: seven minutes
  • Meditation and free flow: two to five minutes (or however long you prefer)

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