Desk Warriors

Is working at a computer all day causing you pain? Let Claire Hartley, owner of Rising Lotus Yoga, show you how to go from a stiff neck to full flexibility. Namaste.

Anyone whose job involves a computer knows the feeling. You are typing away and suddenly a paralyzing pain or a sharp pinch hits you in the neck or back. Whether at the office or at home, this is the time to step back from your desk and nurture your body with restorative yoga. Here are four poses that will bring you relief. Hold each of them for five slow, deep breaths before switching sides and repeating.

1. SPINAL TWIST

Rejuvenates the spine and is good for the digestive system.

 

How-To: With one leg crossed over the other, tuck knee into side of armpit. Lift spine up out of hips and rotate.

 

2. PUPPY DOG

A full-body stretch that engages the shoulders, spine and hamstrings.

 

How-To: This is essentially a half-downward dog. Place hands firmly on chair and bend over with legs straight and back flat. Pull navel up.

 

3. SUPPORTED WARRIOR POSE

Stretches the entire body, realigns the hips and gives you energy.

 

How-To: With one leg up on chair, lunge forward to stretch the back hip flexor. Spread fingers for an energy rush.

 

4. TRIANGLE POSE

Great for lower back relief, hamstring stretch and releasing tension on the spine.

 

How-To: Spread legs with feet flat on ground and pointed straight ahead. With arms stacked straight, rotate until fingertips of one hand touch the ground. Pull up thigh muscles and rotate front thigh outward.  ν

 

For more with Claire, go to risinglotusyoga.com or check out her podcasts at clairehartleyyoga.com.

More Stories
Eat & Drink

Pokewell Adds Seafood Counter at Naturewell Studio City

The Pokewell counter has been open for four months inside Naturewell—a juice, smoothie and wellness shot shop located along a busy stretch of Studio City. The space features a patio with black awning and Boulevard-facing wood counter and two high-top tables. Tony Zablah, who also runs Naturewell branches on Melrose and in Silver Lake, said poke was a […]

Fashion, Social Scene

Girls Night Out

It’s that time of year when retailers from Tarzana to NoHo turn the spotlight on their most dazzling holiday wear. Whether you are into smart, high-glam investment pieces or trendy, fun frocks, here—and on the Boulevard—you’ll find it all.

People

Feeling Fine

From how to slow down the aging process with bioidentical hormones to the safest, most effective birth control methods, we get the latest take on women’s health from Dr. Shira Miller.