3 Yoga Moves for the End of a Long Workday
You’ve had a long day and the last thing you feel like doing is moving your body. Why not get down on the floor and do some great yoga stretches to work out all of the kinks from your day at work? Yoga is restorative and rejuvenating at the same time. Since our “issues our often stored in our tissues”, it feels so good to release any negative energy you may have stored in your body after a long stressful day with deep stretches and focused breathing.
Janu Sirasasana–Roll out your yoga mat or a towel and sit comfortably on the floor with you legs extended out in front of you. Fold one knee in to your chest then let it open to the side, placing the sole of the foot on the inner thigh of the opposite leg. Inhale a deep breath then exhale as you fold forward over your extended leg. Stay for 5-8 breaths. You’ll feel your back releasing and the tension melting from your shoulders and neck. You’ll also get a deep stretch in the hamstring of the extended leg and the hip of the folded leg.
Revolved Janu Sirasasana–Next open your chest to the ceiling and extend your top arm up overhead towards the foot of the extended leg. Try to twist your torso open and keep lengthening through the sides of your waist. Stay 5-8 breaths. This pose is great for bringing in fresh air to the lungs, opening up the kidney region (our battery packs) and stretching out the shoulders, hips, waist, back and thighs.
Paschimottanasana–Come up to sit, extend your folded leg forward so both legs are straight out in front of you, feet flexed. Inhale a deep breath, then exhale extend forward over your legs in to a deep forward bend. Relax your mind, let the stress of the day go, feel your body release after sitting in a desk chair or standing on your feet all day. Hold 8-10 deep breaths. Lift up on an inhalation; then repeat the sequence on the opposite side ending with a symmetrical forward bend again.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is currently teaching yoga with Peloton. She is the star of over 100 videos, seen in several magazines and tv shows and is a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!
I am a fan of yoga even though I regularly plant my face on the mat during crow pose. Anyway, these 3 moves are my favorites especially if I don’t have so much time left to end the day.