Some moves to ease office pains
GETTING through long days at work can be a downer for one's well-being, but a few yoga moves can help you release tension easily.
Strala Yoga founder Tara Stiles shares some simple yoga positions that help alleviate common office-related ailments.
STIFF NECK AND SHOULDERS
1. Standing forward bend
Stand tall with your feet parallel to each other. Interlace your hands behind your back. Inhale deeply and open up your chest.
Exhale as you soften your knees and fold your torso over your legs.
Relax your arms over your head. Hang here for five long, deep breaths.
Relax your arms and slowly roll back up to standing position.
Lie on your back. Hug your knees into your chest and plant your feet on the ground hip-width apart.
Press your arms on the ground by your sides and lift your hips up.
Hang here for five long, deep breaths. Lower your torso one vertebra at a time.
Rest here for three counts and repeat twice.
3. Cow face
Sit with one knee on top of the other. Rest your hands on your feet and hang upright for 10 long, deep breaths. If there is no pain in your knees or back, fold your torso forward. Hang here for 10 long, deep breaths.
Slowly roll up and repeat with the other knee.
4. Reclining twist
Lie on your back. Hug your knees into your chest. Open your arms out to your sides.
Let your knees fall to your right and look towards your left. Stay here for five long, deep breaths and repeat on the other side.
5. Seated meditation
Sit up tall, cross-legged or however you are most comfortable.
Close your eyes and begin to monitor your breathing. If you notice your mind wandering from your breathing, guide your attention back to it. Hang here for three minutes.
6. Alternate nostril breathing
Close your left nostril with your ring finger. Inhale deeply through your right nostril.
Close your right nostril with your thumb and hold your breath for five counts. Release your left nostril and exhale for five counts. Continue alternating for five minutes.