4 At-Your-Desk Stretches That Feel Amazing
These moves from Lauren Imparato, a certified yoga instructor and the author of Retox: Yoga*Food*Attitude—Healthy Solutions for Real Life, help ease any sitting stiffness.
Forearm Crossed Breath
Inhale, lift your arms up alongside your ears. Exhale, bend your elbows and clasp your forearms on top of each other. Breathe here and imagine the inhaling breath going up your right arm, across your forearms, and the exhaling breath going down your left arm, and then to your center, for 3 breaths. Repeat in the other direction 3 times. If you have time—if not, then the next time—begin what is traditionally called kapalabhati. Inhale to a comfortable level. Begin short, sharp breaths out of the nose, where the inhale is simply a reaction to the exhale, as the diaphragm pumps on the abdominal wall. It should feel somewhere between sneezing and blowing your nose. (If you are pregnant, skip kapalabhati.) Keep this up for 1 minute, energizing your body with each pump.