As the health benefits of proper yoga techniques are becoming more widely known, it’s not surprising that the number of active yogis is also growing. Best of NJ created the Yoga at Work series to educate both beginner and intermediate practitioners in some of the finer points of yoga. From proper breathing techniques to insight into the importance of some of yoga’s most common poses, Yoga at Work exercises both your body and your mind!


Spring Cleaning (for your Body)

After a long winter, spring comes along and everything starts to bud into life. Spring bulbs start peeping up through the softening dirt as tips of green slowly overtake each and every tree. It happens every year to nature, but it also happens to our bodies. We always talk about spring cleaning our home, but we also need to spring clean our bodies and mind…

The Best Heart Healthy Poses

In celebration of heart health awareness month, I’ve put together a heart opening yoga sequence that not only opens the muscles in the chest, but also alleviates shoulder and neck pain, creates space in the side body and calms the mind, heart and soul. These heart healthy poses are a great way to mix up that yoga routine while taking care of the chest and upper body…

The Best Poses for Aiding Digestion

One of the biggest eating days of the year is upon us, which means we’re in for a day full of delicious food and possibly an evening of tummy troubles. Eating heavy and rich foods can slow the digestion process down to a grinding halt, leaving you feeling bloated; however, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to leave you feeling glued to the couch…

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Demystifying the Pelvic Floor

“Engage your pelvic floor. Engage Mula Bhanda. Pull everything from the pelvic floor up and in.” At some point or another, you may have heard your yoga teacher say one (or all) of these during class, leaving you to think to yourself… engage my mulawhatta? The pelvic floor is a group of muscle fibers that support your pelvis including your…

A man is dealing with intense work rush hour traffic jam stress by getting relief doing yoga on top of his car in this humorous scene that shows PEACE on the license plate of the car he is sitting on.

The Best Poses for Stress Relief

Chronic stress has been linked to a number of health problems, keeping us in a “fight or flight” mentality that keeps our sympathetic nervous system on high. We have this response for a reason, yet when we keep it activated for a prolonged period of time, it can result in various ailments…

Breathing Techniques

The Best Breathing Techniques

The breath, or prana, is a vital part of yoga as it connects the mind to the present moment. When we’re focused on the air coming into and out of the body, our mind is less likely to wander, allowing us to fully integrate into the asana and that particular moment. Prana also allows us to delve deeper into each pose…

Prenatal Poses

The Best Prenatal Poses

Practicing yoga during pregnancy can be extremely beneficial. Prenatal yoga offers women the opportunity to develop breathing and relaxation techniques that can be used during labor, however practicing can also help in the months leading up to a due date. Practitioners report improved sleep, reduced stress, and more…

Lower Back Pain

The Best Poses for Lower Back Pain

Most of us have experienced sharp pain in our low back at some point in our lives, or even an aching soreness that can last for days. Whether we’re active or more sedentary, lower back pain continues to plague us. Active types can sometimes focus too much on ab work, which may tighten your front, but at the cost of losing strength in your back…

Shavasana

The Importance of Shavasana

I still remember my first yoga class when, at the end, my teacher asked us to lie down, close our eyes, and rest for five minutes. I remember just laying there, exhausted from class yet fidgeting. For those first, very long, five minutes, I battled my will, resisting the urge to just get up and go on with my day. After all, I had a million things to do…

Seated Stretches

The Best Seated Stretches

Sitting 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) are hazardous to our health. Lack of movement can result in sore shoulders…


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