Take A Yoga Break: Flex and Balances

Benefits: Strengthens standing leg, stretches leg and foot muscles, improves balance.     Stand with feet a comfortable distance apart and place hands on hips. Shift weight to right leg without sticking hip out. Lift left leg enough to point toes. Return to starting position. Shift weight to left leg and lift right leg enough to point toes. Repeat slowly on both sides 3 times.     Shift weight to left foot. Raise right leg a few inches and flex foot, Continue Reading

Take A Yoga Break: Chair Ballet 3

Benefits: Strengthens outer thigh muscles and muscles of the standing leg; increases mobility in hips; increases balance.     Brace chair against desk and let right hand rest at top of chair without leaning on it, or place hand on wall. Stand with feet a comfortable distance apart.           Move left leg out to the side and point toes. Go only as far as feels comfortable. Return to standing position. Repeat move 5 times in Continue Reading

Take A Yoga Break: Neck and Knee Dip

Benefits: Reduces stiffness and increases flexibility of neck, upper back, and shoulder area, as well as working legs.       Stand with feet a comfortable distance apart, spine lengthened, hands on hips.             Turn your head slowly to the right, and in a smooth movement…           Lower your chin toward chest as you bend knees Continue Reading

Take A Yoga Break: Corporate Cat

Benefits: Promotes deeper breathing, increases flexibility of muscles that support the spine, stretches muscles of the feet.     Stand behind chair and rest hands lightly on top without leaning on it.             Inhale and slowly arch back while bending left knee, coming to ball of foot.           Exhale and round your back, straightening left leg and bending right knee Continue Reading

Take A Yoga Break: Tree

Benefits: Promotes better balance and deeper breathing, strengthens standing leg, gently opens hip joints.     Brace your chair against your desk and stand behind chair with feet together or hip width apart. Place one or both hands on top of chair without leaning on it.           Shift body weight to left foot without sticking left hip out. Bend right knee enough to come to tiptoe. Move right knee slightly outward to the side, Continue Reading

Take A Yoga Break: Waterskiing

Benefits: Tones thighs, strengthens quadriceps muscles at front of thighs, promotes deeper breathing. Stand and push your chair against your desk. Rest hands lightly on top of the chair back, remembering not to lean on it. Stand arm's length from your chair with feet hip width apart.           Inhale, and as you exhale bend your knees as though you’re about to sit. Go only as low as is comfortable, and breathe at a normal pace.  Inhale and stand, Continue Reading

#WellnessWednesday News

Welcome to the Take A Yoga Break™ #WellnessWednesday newsletter, the latest in helpful, healthful news to bring more wellness into your workday, and every day. This month’s TAYB tip: Focusing on your breathing for a few minutes can calm and clear the mind. Let your breathing be natural as you shift awareness to each inhalation and exhalation. If thoughts arise, let them pass by. TAYB and the City: Take A Yoga Break was featured in an article on YogaCityNYC.com in an article on how yoga Continue Reading

#WellnessWednesday News

Welcome to the Take A Yoga Break™  #WellnessWednesday newsletter, the latest in helpful, health-full news to bring more wellness into your workday, and every day. TAYB tip: Keep a tennis ball under your desk and roll it back and forth, alternating feet, for a way to move your legs that won’t interrupt your concentration. Calmer Kids: Yoga and meditation are tools being used to help children who tend to worry or are prone to stress. This could reduce the need for medication. Read more Continue Reading

#WellnessWednesday News

Welcome to the #WellnessWednesday newsletter, where the Take A Yoga Break™ community shares the latest in helpful, health-full news to bring more wellness into your workday, and every day. TAYB tip: Whenever you take a phone call, whether at home or the office, make sure you stand. If you have room, pace back and forth, even if it’s only a few steps. Moms and OMs: Yoga can help with prenatal depression, according to this pilot study. Spring is race season: Warmer, sunnier weather means Continue Reading

#WellnessWednesday News

Welcome to the #WellnessWednesday newsletter, where the Take A Yoga Break™ community shares the latest in helpful, health-full news to bring more wellness into your workday, and every day. This month’s TAYB tip: Americans watch an average of 5 hours of TV a day, most of that time sitting down. To decrease the health dangers of sitting while watching your favorite shows, get up every time there’s a commercial and do a TAYB move. Binge-watching commercial-free entertainment? Try the healthy Continue Reading