Research has shown that yoga has a positive impact on the mind and the body. Even incorporating simple poses into your work day can improve your sense of well-being. The office downward dog pose is an easy stretch to perform at your desk or even against a wall between treating patients. It provides an opportunity to take a quick mental break, tune into your breath, stretch your whole back body and energize your spine. To do: Stand facing a desk or chair, feet hip width apart. Spread out your fingers as you place your palms on the desk, shoulder width apart. Step back until your spine is parallel to the floor. Relax your head and neck, allowing your chest to drop down toward the floor. Lift your kneecaps and feel the length in your spine. Remain for a few deep breaths, then slowly step forward and release.
If you’re looking for more yoga, join us in the conference center on Tuesdays, 4:45-5:20 p.m. and Thursdays, 12:15 to 12:50 p.m. Instruction is provided by Karen Vizyak, physical therapist and certified yoga teacher. A 10-class punch card can be purchased at the Physical Medicine Department for only $38, or you can pay a $4 drop-in fee. Props will be provided, but you must bring your own mat. This is a fun, energizing way to improve your strength, flexibility and balance, reduce stress and increase your concentration for the rest of your day! All levels of experience are welcome. For more information, please contact the Physical Medicine Department (Suite 130), x1840.