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!


A Sequence for Summer Solstice

For 2017, the “longest day of the year” happens on June 21. The summer solstice is not only the beginning of summer, it’s also a time to thank the sun. Yogis across the state and country come together on this auspicious day in large numbers, mostly to practice 108 Sun Salutations led by various teachers. Why 108? Well, for many it represents the number of beads on a mala, but it is also a number of wholeness of existence…

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. Think of spring as a chance to shed thoughts and feelings through yoga…

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, new yoga routine for the chest and upper body, which is crucial since many of us spend the work day hunched over…

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. Aiding our digestion through yoga can help move that food through your system…

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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 pelvic organs. which can become weak through age and after having children…

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 including but not limited to increased muscle tension, rapid breathing, panic attacks, heart attacks, and heart disease…

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. Prana also allows us to delve deeper into each pose exploring areas where we thought we were unable to reach. Pranayama exercises are an important part of any yoga practice…

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 a reduced risk of preterm labor. Prenatal yoga classes also offer a “kula,” or a support community…

 

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. 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…

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. I wondered why we were wasting valuable time doing nothing. 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) is hazardous to our health. Lack of movement can result in sore shoulders due to poor posture, reduced blood circulation, tight hips, and unfortunately, flabby glutes…


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