Step 1: Sit with your back straight, and your feet on the floor.



Step 2: Relax your face, drop your jaw, release forehead and corners of eyes.

Step 3: Place one hand on your navel and one hand on your breast bone. Imagine that you have a thick drinking straw in your navel.

Step 4: Inhale through the straw, expand your belly, draw the air up your spine, into your expanded chest, and up into the throat. Exhale through the nose.

Step 5: Notice your hand on your belly lifting as you inhale, and lowering as your chest opens and you exhale. This is very relaxing and rejuvenating.

  • 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