Crouch on the floor on the balls of your feet with your heels off the ground. Open your legs one to one 1/2 ft. apart. Bring your hands between your legs.
With your elbows touching the inside of your knees, press your elbows into your knees, opening them. Keep your balance on the balls of your feet.
Lift your head up, extending your back and neck and elongating your spine.
Curl down, bringing your chin to your chest. Curl up. Repeat three to five times.
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, remember safety come first. You might feel uncomfortable, which is natural, pain, however, is not OK. It is your body telling you to stop.
This posture opens your hips, strengthens your legs, back, neck and upper body. It can be combined with last week’s posture.
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.