Unwind anytime with these three easy yoga poses by Jeanmarie Paolillo, instructor at YogaWorks NYC.
Twist in a chair
1. Sit sideways in a chair with your knees to one side.
2. Twist toward the back of the chair and put hands on armrests and gently twist toward your back hand.
3. Repeat on the other side.
“Twists are great for the digestive system as they help move everything through the body,” said Paolillo. “They also wring deoxygenated blood out of the organs and bring oxygenated blood in.”
Supta Baddha Konasana
1. Lie on your back with the soles of your feet together, and let your knees fall apart (you can prop each thigh or knee up with pillows for a longer, more restorative pose).
2. Rest your hands alongside you, palms face up or on your stomach.
3. Stay and breathe for several minutes.
“This lengthens the front of the body, and gives room to the organic body. In doing so, [the pose] allows the organs to do their work,” Paolillo said.
Bent legs up the chair
1. Lie on your back with your calves resting on the seat of a chair so that the knees are bent. With the legs elevated, the lower back can soften and deeply release.
“This pose releases the lower back as the weight of gravity descends the legs into the hip socket,” said Paolillo.
“Also, all of the restorative poses allow for a deep release of the muscles and a de-stressing of the nervous system. And, importantly, stress is directly related to issues of digestion and the work of the organic body. So, the less stress, the less the body has to fight against its own natural processes!”