This is the third post in a series for the desk-bound who want to keep rocking their health.
Several years ago I used to teach chair yoga at a nearby assisted living facility. One of my students, a very wise lady with neatly coiffed silvery hair, was already well versed in knowing how to release stress. She told me that one of her favorite expressions that she shared with her family whenever they were unhappy or frantic about something was, “Well, where are your shoulders right now?” As soon as she told me this, I could feel my own starting to relax.
The shoulder area is almost always the first area of the body where fear or anxiety is picked up. (See if you notice this while driving)
Use Garudasana, or Eagle pose, to move the tension. It’s a helpful yoga pose for lifting the world off your shoulders.
Try some gentle shoulder shrugs first–roll them up to your ears slowly and squeeze them in to warm the neck muscles, 4 times. Then bend the right elbow in front of the body, bring it on top of the inner left elbow, and wrap the forearms till you can press both palms together, (although this may take some practice) thumbs pointing towards the nose. Breathe 5 slow, deep belly breaths through the nose, unwind, and do the other side.
Finish with a forward bend over the legs to release the neck and slowly roll up.