Step 1: Relax your neck, shoulders and jaw. Raise your arms to shoulder-height, palms up. Exhale. Bring your fingertips to your shoulders, keeping your arms parallel to the floor.
Step 2: Inhale as your straighten your right arm, extending your fingers, and opening the elbow joint.
Step 3: Simultaneously turn your head slowly to the right.
Step 4: Then turn your head to the left. Exhale as you return your fingertips to your shoulders, and turn your head forward. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with your left arm.
Step 5: Exhale as you return your fingers to your shoulders, and turn your head forward. Do two more rounds on each side. Lower your arms, circle your shoulders.
- Do you have sore shoulders, wrists that ache, neck pain, or just general stress? Use these simple weekly yoga postures to help you create a better day. Just a few minutes throughout your workday will make a big difference! As you start each stretch remember to take nice deep breaths and be aware of your body.
- As you go through these postures, you might feel uncomfortable, which is natural. Pain, however, is not OK. It is your body telling you to stop.
Helen Goldstein is director/owner of The Yoga Studio in Toronto. For more about yoga at your workplace, please contact 416.322.9936 ext. 2001 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.