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Having a rough day?
A forward fold can be the perfect dose of calm.
Personally, I like to integrate Uttanasana into my breaks at the office. It's one of my all-time favorite poses, really: so calming, and a lovely stretch for the backs of the legs (especially when my calves are tight from bike riding).
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Then there's always child's pose, for when you have a little more time and you're home from a long day. Settle in, let the hips drop into the earth, and allow a falling-out breath to tumble out.
If you're in class and you're lucky, your instructor might add a little press to your lower back for even more spinal stretching and stress relief! (You could always make a request of your loving spouse or friend to help with this, too.)