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Learn all the basic yoga poses -- downward facing dog, lotus, plank, and so on -- so you can get toned and find a little inner calmness, too.
You Will Need
- Comfortable clothing suitable for stretching and moving
- A calm place where you won't be distracted or disturbed
- A yoga mat or folded blanket
- Chair, table, or counter-top
Stand on mat
Stand at the front of your mat with your feet hip-width apart and your weight evenly distributed between them, your spine erect, and your arms at your sides.
Stretch arms up
Inhale, reaching your arms straight up alongside your ears and expanding your chest
Bend at waist so back is parallel to floor
Exhale and bend forward at the waist until your torso, spine and arms are parallel to the floor. Flatten your back, expand your chest and relax your neck, allowing your head to hang down.
Hold the pose for several full breaths.
Release the pose by bending your knees and lifting up at the waist. If the pain in your neck isn't literal, well, try meditating.