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6 yoga steps to a healthier you at the office

February 28, 2007
In today's hectic lifestyle, most people spend most of their waking hours at the office, which leaves no time for anything else, leave alone exercise.

To combat this, Shameem Akthar, a certified yoga Acharya with the internationally acclaimed Sivananda Yoga Centre, Kerala (headquartered in Canada), recommends six yoga exercises for the office.

She says these exercises are a gentler version of the classical yoga poses, which have attained cult status. "In the West these exercises are practiced on flights, while commuting, at work and even at home," she says.

The advantages of these exercises:

  • they can be done at any place, any time
  • they use available furniture as props
  • they don't need a mat
  • despite their simplification, they have not lost anything in terms of effectiveness and the impact they have in boosting energy levels.

    Point to note: Loosen up your body before trying any specific pose. To loosen up, shrug your shoulders, wring your wrists, rotate gently at the waist, stretch full, several times. All these movements prepare the body for these poses. Those with severe ailments must consult a therapist before attempting any new health regimen.

    Text: Shameem Akthar
    Photo: Saisuresh Sivaswamy
    Catch more of Shameem's yoga writings at jaisivananda.blogspot.com
    Also read: How to do yoga

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