This one goes out to my girl Dee, at The Ohio Secretary of State's, John Husted's Office...
We're about to get bendy with it...
It's no coincidence the term "Working Stiff" applies to those of us sitting at a computer all day or doing the back breaking work making our bosses look good. If I've said it once I've said it a million times... YOGA TO ALL THE PEOPLES, EVERYWHERE!!!
First, let's start with some Cat/Cow Stretches.
Bring both feet flat on the floor.
Bring your hands onto the top of your thighs.
On an inhale, arch your back and look up toward the ceiling.
On the exhale, round the spine and let your head drop forward.
Take your arms out to either side, parallel to the floor.
Bring the arms forward, crossing the right arm over the left and bringing the palms to touch.
Lift the elbows away from your chest while keeping the shoulders sliding down your back.
Repeat with the left arm over the right.
If this is too much there are a couple variations ...simply give yourself a hug...
or try this one, and repeat each side..
Forward Fold or Rag Doll
(I love this illustration by Cat York, btw)
Plant feet and rear firmly.
I like to stretch my arms overhead and then bend forward into a forward fold.
if your hands don't touch the floor that's ok, see if you can grab elbow to elbow, and hang for rag doll, this will release tension in shoulders and neck.
Simple Seated Side Stretch
Inhale arms over head
Right hand grabs left wrist and exhale, leaning to the right
Inhale both arms back to center
Left hand grabs right wrist, on the exhale lean left
Inhale and return to center.
Repeat 3-5 breaths on each side.
And last but not least, let's get really funky with it, Pretzel Pose...
HA! Just kidding!!
So now you've done a couple stretches, gotten some good oxygen flowing through the body and mind, get you moving during your workday.
You ain't no working stiff!!
You're a blissful yogi..
Now as you were.
"Thank you for calling, how may I help you"
We are all works in progress, my hope is that we may all bloom to our full potential, to be our radiant selves, so that our light may brighten others.
A Blooming Yogini is someone on a journey to their authentic self, a union of mind, body and spirit to a more healthy, thriving , and vibrant you.
Live. Love. Bloom.
Casandra Barnes - The Blooming Yogini