As the founder of an office yoga company my mission is to help people feel better in their bodies during a work day. Most offices don’t have the luxury of space for a traditional yoga class, so I’ve spent the last three years developing a system of yoga that requires no mat, no changing of clothes, and no sweating, that can be done anywhere. My new mission is to help people feel better in their bodies through yoga, one minute at a time.
Let’s talk about new beginnings. Often, we can feel stuck in the life we’ve found ourselves in. It can be intimidating to leave our status quo and make a change that we need in order to be happy. Try this easy yoga sequence you can do right now in your chair, and give yourself a little boost towards going confidently in the direction of your goals!
The instructions are simple: Interlace your fingers, inside out the hands and push the palms forward as you round your spine. As you inhale, reach the arms up and lean back slightly. Repeat the action twice. Then, grab opposite hands with elbows out to the side. Pull the hands away from one another, as though pulling away an obstacle in your life.
This sequence will take away stress in your middle back and shoulders. It will also calm the mind. The key is to make sure that your mind is focused on your breath and your body — let your anxieties be in your past or in your future. Stay focused on your goals of being happy, and let your intentions guide you in the right direction.
Lauren Coles is the Founder and Lead Teacher of Daisy Office Yoga in New York City, where she brings yoga to people at work. She has co-written the first Office Yoga curriculum backed by research and medical science, and believes in the power of yoga to improve people’s relationship with their minds and bodies. Her new venture, Ms. Yoga CEO, aims to inspire people to be the best versions of themselves through simple yoga and meditation.
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