Yoga is a great way to stay in shape by toning your flexibility and strength. However, its focus on breathing and listening to your body also makes it an amazing tool for centering yourself when you feel tense or tired. We can’t always control where we are when we need a pick-me-up, so it’s useful to know some yoga moves that can be done anywhere.
As a foundational position for yoga learners, mountain pose (standing with arms by your sides) may seem simple. But, as Adriene of Yoga With Adriene tells us below, there’s more to it than meets the eye. To do it properly you must engage your whole body and completely control your breath.
Another move you can do while standing up is a mindful twist. If you’re feeling anxious, turning back and forth at the rate of your breath and giving your arms a bit of freedom will help blow off some steam, especially if you close your eyes. If you have somewhere private to do this, you may feel more comfortable to really let go.
If you’re sitting at a desk most of the day, there is yoga you can do right in your chair that can give you an extra boost. You can even modify positions like cat-cow for sitting up.