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Yoga at Work: The Series

As the health benefits of proper yoga techniques are more widely known, the number of active yogis is also growing. Best of NJ‘s Yoga at Work series teaches both beginner and intermediate practitioners some of the finer points of yoga. The best part? These poses can be done just about anywhere.

From proper breathing to insight into the meaning behind yoga’s most common poses, Yoga at Work exercises both your body and your mind!


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The Best Heart Healthy Poses

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The Best Poses for Aiding Digestion

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Demystifying the Pelvic Floor

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The Best Poses for Stress Relief

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The Best Breathing Techniques

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The Best Prenatal Poses

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The Best Poses for Lower Back Pain

Yoga at Work: Lower Back PainMost of us have experience sharp pain in our low back at some point in life, or even an aching soreness that can last for days. Whether we’re active or more sedentary, lower back pain continues to plague us. But through lengthening the spine and the muscles around the entire core (think front to back), and the hips and legs while strengthening those exact same muscles, we can protect our lower back from injury…


The Importance of Shavasana

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The Best Seated Stretches

Yoga at Work: Seated StretchesSitting at a desk all day can not only wreak havoc on your sanity, but also on your body. Recent studies have shown that sitting for eight hours per day, the length of a typical day at the office (not including other seated activities like driving and watching TV) is hazardous to our health. Lack of movement can result in sore shoulders, poor posture, and flabby glutes. But Best of NJ’s Yoga at Work is here to help.