Step 1: Lift your arms above your head, with you fingers pointing up. Stretch your arms.


Step 2: Place your right hand on your left elbow, and your left hand on your right elbow. Press your shoulder blades together.

Step 3: Release your shoulder blades slightly and move your head slowly from side to side.

Step 4: Bring your arms down. Repeat this exercise three times. It is great for releasing tension in the neck and 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, remember safety come first. 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