grow: relaxing at work.

I don’t love yoga. I don’t mind it, but I don’t think I’m ever going to pay money for a class. But right now, I am super grateful for yoga.

Work has been really stressful for the past week and a half, and the salesmen are driving me bonkers. But every lunch hour, I swap my dress pants for yoga pants, and do 20 minutes or so of soothing, calming, focused stretching.

I usually go up to the lunch room feeling very high-strung and maybe just a teeeny tiny bit mean, but I always come down with a smile and better attitude.
I think this little bit of daily bliss is what has kept me sane for the last little while, so I thought I would share my at-work me time.

I usually just sit and breathe and chill out for a second, trying to let the stress from the day melt away.


I start with Warrior 1


Warrior 2


and Warrior 3 on both sides.



Next up is Extended Side Angle.


And the Triangle (one of my favourite poses).


Then I do a plank to wake up my abs, holding for 10 breaths.


Side planks too.

And the Cobra, another favourite pose.


Downward Dog too.


Forward bend.


Then into the Pigeon on both sides. I find this one is an awesome stress releaser.


Pigeon variation 1.



The Plow. This is an awesome pose for when I’ve been overstretching my back. I love/hate it.


And Spinal Twist. Aaaahhhhhh.
(That’s a relieved ‘aaahhh’. Not a screaming in pain ‘aahhh’.)


And that’s it!
Holding each pose for 5 or 6 breaths leaves me chilled out and more stretchy in about 20 minutes.
It’s a great midday pick-me-up.

I got all these pictures from the Yoga Journal website, it’s a great place to find fun new poses!

Do you have any tips or exercises that help you relax at work?

Coming up soon on the blog:
. My Vday baking. Icebox cookie penguins, and red velvet cheesecake brownies!
. A few of my go-to recipes.

Check back soon! :)

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