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Take a Five-Minute Break!

June 07, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 184

As an administrator, writer and a mother, my life is a frenzied whirl of action. If I don't take care of me, it won't be long before the calm, cool and oh so collected social worker can swiftly become a Tasmanian devil.

Getting up and walking around for a few minutes can help, but what can help even more is a yoga break. Most people envision yoga as an all or nothing, flat on a mat or twisted into odd positions time eater. But it doesn't have to be. There are plenty of long routines available, but a real strengthener during a long day is a short and concise yoga routine.

Has your neck been feeling stiff? Do you sit at a computer all day? Stand in the mountain pose by raising both arms for a bend to the left and the right. Finish up by treating yourself to a big toe pose. I find the variant the most pleasant.

While in the mountain pose you must stand quietly with hands at your sides and your eyes on the opposite wall. Count to sixty while paying very close attention to your breathing. Your pelvis should be neutral. By that I mean not tipped forward or back. When your pelvis is tilted either way it arches the back and we're not looking to do that here.

From mountain get into the side bend pose by raising arms over your head with palms facing one another. Tip the left hip slightly upwards and lean from the waist to the right. Only go about six to eight inches then hold for a slow count to sixty. Come back to neutral with arms still up and hands facing one another. Repeat this action, but this time tip the right hip upward ever so slightly and lean to the left at an equal distance as the first side. Hold for a count of sixty. Always remember to breath deeply and with purpose.

The aptly named big toe pose goes something like this. Gracefully raise both arms straight in front of you until the back of your hands are touching. Rotate them back behind you until you are clasping your hands together. Keep the torso erect and relax all muscles. Lift your clasped hands up behind you only as far as you can comfortably go and bend over at the waist and hold for a count of sixty. Unclasp your hands while relaxing in mountain pose breathing for a few seconds and repeat.

Rotate your shoulders with one shoulder going forward while the other goes backward. Easier said than done I know!

Shake out your arms and release a long, loud breath. Bet you feel a lot better, I know that I always do!

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