Step 1: Sit with your back straight and your feet flat on the floor.
Step 2: Lift your arms up to shoulder height. Cross your right arm over your left arm at the crook of your elbow.
Step 3: Cross your arms at the wrists. Bring your palms together. Don’t worry if they don’t, you will still feel the benefits of this posture.
Step 4: Bring your elbows down and into your chest. Press your arms together. Cross your right leg over your left leg.
Step 5: If possible tuck your right foot behind your left calf and squeeze your thighs together. Repeat on the other side.
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 the former director/owner of The Yoga Studio in Toronto. For corporate and private classes please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-964-6156.