3 stress-busting yoga moves for the office
Yogi Cameron — former supermodel turned ayurvedic healer, yoga master and star of the docu-series, “Yogi Cameron: Model Guru” on Veria Living — brings an end to the stress and stiffness we feel on a daily basis with three yoga postures you can do at the office without getting too many strange stares from your coworkers.
Uttanasana (forward bend)
Sitting down, open the legs a little bit and stretch out the knees. Go forward while exhaling, and as you’re bending over, make sure the back is really straight up and the chest is wide open. As you fold over, exhale and relax the head between the knees.
Benefit: Great to relieve the stress in the lower back and to give the body an overall stress relief
* If you can’t do the forward fold all the way, then support yourself with the arms by pushing against the thighs.
Inhale, open up the chest, exhale and twist. Open up the hands to the side, and while you’re twisting, make sure that the head is following the shoulders.
Benefit: Gives the internal organs a nice squeeze, then a stretch and release
* In this posture, make sure you don’t strain by twisting too much to the back.
Stand up very tall, feet together and put your hands on the hips or the lower back. Inhale and as you go back exhale — if you’re comfortable, just let your head tip backward.
Benefit: The back bend is nice to counteract the forward bending you do when you’re on the computer and crunching up your shoulders
* If you find it hard to do the back bend with your feet together, open the legs a little bit, stretch the feet apart and support yourself with your hands against the lower back.
One final tip while at your desk: Sit up tall and cross your legs while you’re sitting in your chair. If this is difficult, then just bring one leg up, cross that, and keep exchanging with the other one periodically.
See Cameron perform the postures with an explanation for each here.
Season two of “A Model Guru” premieres Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. on Veria Living TV network. Each episode of this moving reality series features a new client that’s challenged by a life-altering health issue. Using ancient Ayurvedic healing treatments and a coach’s persistence, Yogi Cameron gets to the root of their problem and leads them down the road to wellness.