A little yoga, stretching, breathing and meditation can go a long way! Follow along each month as we show you some flexible inspiration for different yoga poses of the month. Of course, we couldn't do it without the help of our favorite Bostitch staplers! Feel free to stretch along with us as we help guide your body, mind and soul to the positive benefits that yoga has in store!

 


MAY: Warrior II Warrior II Yoga Pose

Pose Instructions:

  • Begin by standing in the middle of your mat. Grab your favorite one-finger stapler (optional).
  • Exhale and step feet apart about 4-5 feet with heels aligned.
  • Turn your right foot 90 degrees so it points to the top of your mat. Turn your left foot in slightly.
  • Raise arms to shoulder height, parallel to the floor.
  • Exhale and bend your right knee so that it aligns directly over your left ankle. Move your right knee towards parallel with the floor.
  • Inhale and place your stapler delicately on your front thigh. Staple as needed.
  • Breathe deeply and hold for at least 5 breaths

Pose Benefits:

  • Stretches your hips, groins and shoulders.
  • Opens your chest and lungs.
  • Builds stamina and concentration.
  • Energizes tired limbs.
  • Stimulates your abdominal organs.
  • Develops balance and stability.





JUNE: Downward Dog Downward Dog Yoga Pose

Pose Instructions:

  • Begin on hands and knees with wrists aligned directly under your shoulders, your favorite Bostitch stapler within reach (optional).
  • Spread and press fingers, distribute weight evenly across your hands.
  • Exhale and tuck your toes while lifting your knees off the mat and reaching your pelvis towards the ceiling.
  • Gentle straighten your knees if possible.
  • Push the floor away from you with straight arms while reaching your sit bones high.
  • Staple as needed.
  • Breathe deeply and hold for at least 5 breaths

Pose Benefits:

    • Encourages blood flow.
    • Reduces anxiety and depression.
    • Strengthens and stretches arms, hands, shoulders, back, calves, and hamstrings.
    • Improves posture.
    • Elongates the spine.





JULY: BoatBoat Pose

Pose Instructions:

      • Begin by sitting on the floor with your legs stretched in front of you and your trusty Bostitch Nano by your side (optional).
      • Bend your knees and lift your feet off the floor, so that your thighs are angled about 45-50 degrees relative to the floor.
      • Spread your shoulder blades across your back and reach through the fingers.
      • Breathe deeply and hold for at least 5 breaths

Pose Benefits:

    • Strengthens the abdomen, hip flexors, and spine
    • Stretches & strengthens hamstrings (if legs extended)
    • Improves balance and digestion
    • Relieves stress





AUGUST: CobraCobra Pose

Pose Instructions:

      • Begin by laying face down on your mat with your Bostitch InPower nearby (optional).
      • Place your hands under your shoulders with your fingers pointing toward the top of the mat. Hug your elbows in to the sides of your body.
      • Inhale as you lift your head and chest from the floor.
      • Draw your shoulders back and your heart forward, but do not crunch your neck.
      • Keep your shoulders dropped away from your ears
      • Breathe deeply and hold for at least 5 breaths

Pose Benefits:

      • Stretches muscles in the shoulders, chest and abdominals
      • Decreases stiffness of the lower back
      • Strengthens arms and shoulders
      • Stimulates organs in the abdomen





SEPTEMBER: Low LungeLow Lunge Yoga Pose

Pose Instructions:

      • Begin in downward dog with your Bostitch Inspire nearby (optional).
      • Exhale and step your right foot forward between your hands.
      • Lower down onto your left knee and release the top of the left foot on the ground.
      • Make sure your right knee is in line with your ankle.
      • Bring your finger tips to the floor next to your hips and relax your shoulders away from your neck
      • Allow the weight of your body to stretch your hips.
      • Breathe deeply and hold for at least 5 breaths

Pose Benefits:

      • Releases tension in hips
      • Stretches your hamstrings, quads, and groin.
      • Strengthens your knees.
      • Helps build mental focus.

     

    Yoga can help improve your posture, reduce anxiety and depression, improve your balance, and so much more! Aside from the many benefits mentioned, yoga is also a create way to take a quick and stress-free break at work. Stay tuned for more yoga poses in the Fall! Tell us some of your favorite yoga poses by giving us a shout out on Twitter (@bostitchoffice)!

     

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