Step 1: Place two to three phone books or dense pillows on the ground. Step back at least six inches.


Step 2: Press your palms into the pillows or books and lengthen your arms. Lift your head up.

Step 3: Tuck your chin in, keeping yours hands firmly placed on the phone books or pillows.

Step 4: Lift your head up again, as you lengthen your legs and lift up your buttocks. Repeat three to four 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 comes first. You might feel uncomfortable, which is natural. Pain, however, is not OK. It is your body telling you to stop.

• This exercise strengthens and tones the arms, legs and neck.

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