Photos: Rick McGinnis/Metro Toronto


Step 1: Sit with your feet 1 1/2 to 2 ft. apart with feet flat on the ground.


Step 2: Lift your right arm up and point the fingers to the sky.

Step 3: Bend your right arm and place your right palm on your left shoulder blade.

Step 4: Press your right elbow down with your left hand.

• 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 releases shoulder tension, opens shoulder blades, and tones the arms, hips, waist and stomach. It also creates flexibility in the spine.

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