7 Office Yoga Poses

These 7 Yoga Office Poses could be done in any of the workplace environment.  None of them will freak out your colleagues  and your boss will be extremely happy with your performance. This simple Corporate Yoga sequence will also allow you to release some aches from shoulders, wrists and lower back, as well as simply take a 3 minute break and boost your energy level.

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Wild Edibles: Raw Burgers with Saltbush

Raw Burgers with SaltbushMeat“:
1/3 C raw walnuts
½ sundried tomatoes
1 C green onions, cut
½ bell pepper, shredded
Base and Garnish:
2 medium zucchinis
5 cherry tomatoes

5 leaves of saltbush (Atriplex)

Salt, pepper to taste
Dill to garnish

Soak the walnuts for 6-8 hours and drain them. Soak sundried tomatoes , but keep the water to add it to the ‘meat’ later. Place walnuts and sundried tomatoes into the food processor and process them adding the water from sundried tomatoes soaking until meaty consistency. Stir in green onions and bell pepper. Add some salt and pepper to taste.
Cut zucchinis into circles and place them on the serving plate. Add the ’meat’ on the top of the circles. Garnish with slices of cherry tomatoes, thingly cut leaves of saltbush and dill.

Saltbush (Atriplex)

Starts growing in the middle of summer. The seeds of the plant that was not thermo treated are good for chronic constipation and food poisoning. Also good for removing the toxins out of the body. Leaves are good for disinfection and releasing from spasmodic pain. If the leaf is placed to the wound it will stop the bleeding and will not allow the infection to get into bloodstream.

This plant is also used for getting rid of headaches and menstrual pain.


Shoulder Tension Release for Office Workers

Most of the office work is done seated at the computer.  Unfortunately, most  people don’t feel shoulder tension until it develops into serious knotting, headaches and stress.  We will begin with the simplest movements.

Whenever you perform these movements, try to notice what is happening and where it is happening.

Only after this set proceed to the next one:

While doing the second set move your attention to your breath and at the same time at your upper spine region.

Both of these sets could be easily done at the office desk and will require just 2-3 minutes of your time, but the benefits are countless!

Here is the list of just a few of them:

  • head tension release
  • blood circulation to the neck/shoulders/brain increases
  • boosting productivity
  • headache severity level lowers down
  • shoulder knotting easing up
  • upper back pain release
  • stress levels decreasing

and these are just a few benefits.

Please, let us know how did these two sequences help you



Vitamins from Nature in early Spring

And what is out of the ground by now in the forest? If you look around you will certainly see some little yellow flowers that are often mistaken for dandelions. They are called Coldsfoot and are in sunflower family. You can simply eat them Coldsfootright there, in the forest or can collect them and put into your salad.  It is actually going to be included into the menu of our Spring Retreat on April 25th with Dr.Ted Savchenko

Coltsfoot is rich in various elements like zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, sulfur, vitamins A, B, C and P and iron. Ladies will find it very useful to treat acne and pimples, also it is very good if you are couching, as anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, wash ulcers, treat blisters and burns (just rub leaf in your palms and apply) and is very good to treat sinuses problems by diluting with water 1:1 and putting 1-2 drops into the nose.

Also, it is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women, as well as children under 2 years old. Alcoholics have to be extremely careful with this plant too.

Yoga at the Workplace

3 minutes of restSome people think that corporate employees need to stretch their muscles to get the blood circulation restored. Other people think that they need to stretch their muscles to release the strain from the neck and shoulders.

Who is right?

Of course, all of them are right! But here is something that we learned through our experience from working in the corporate world. The most important is the meditation that can make stressed people fall asleep for 3-4 minutes even with the bright light. The miracles happen right after they wake up from this short sleep. The stress level drops down immediately, concentration improves tremendously, nervous teaks disappear, the eye strain is released, and the priority list does not look that scary anymore.

But be careful, because not every Yoga Instructor can do what our instructors are educated to do. Just call us 416-277-5432 and book your free Yoga Stress Release Demo, help your employees feel better

Simplest Carrot Salad Loved by my 6 year old

Many parents tell me that they struggle to introduce veggies into the diet of their little kids. Here is the salad that my daughter makes me to help her to do it. I don’t know what could be simpler than this salad.

Raw Carrot Apple SaladIngredients:

2-3 medium sized carrots

2 tart apples

1 table spoon of lemon juice

1 table spoon of sunflower oil


Wash carrots and apples. Peel apple skin and finely shred both of the ingredients. Add lemon juice and oil. If you like form the salad into the carrot shape.

If you like it to be more filling just sprinkle it with walnuts, pumpkin seeds or/and pine nuts.

A Non-Yogi’s Perspective on Hidden Forest Yoga Studio

Hidden Forest Maple Treeby Veronika Kabarguina

I hate yoga, I absolutely despise it. I’m a runner, a dancer, a fighter, but I’m certainly not someone who can sit in place and hold some animalistic pose for more than four seconds. I like to move from place to place to keep up with the fact that my mind is just the same. That’s also why I have trouble staying asleep.

Doctors might tell you that it’s coffee keeping you up. Alright, what if you’ve had that choice of poison locked up in Pandora’s box for months now? Not far from submission and furious with the judgement of a licensed authority, you might come close to finding that key and living in a golden box with your preferred poison. But is ignorance really bliss?

As someone who would choose coffee over yoga any day, it surprises me today that I would rather choose physical activity over coffee any day. A year ago, I could barely run for five minutes without stopping. Yoga is still out of the question, however, yoga at Hidden Forest studio makes me believe that the activity should be named something entirely different. The first time I attended the Yoga and Candles class I was forced to participate because suffering had taken a seat inside my fast-paced mind. My mental health was at a brewing point, like it is for so many in our present society. I was always someone who found motivation in myself rather than in others, so naturally being pushed to do something I absolutely hated made me despise the first few minutes of the class even more.

A funny thing happened though. As I attempted to keep myself in Namaskarasana (the prayer squat), and tried frantically to feel comfortable in my pose, I realized that I was trying even harder to breathe. I was getting so frustrated that I could not be comfortable in this stance and I realized that it wasn’t because of the instructor, it wasn’t because of the freezing room (which believe me, turns into a sauna at the end of the class), and it certainly wasn’t because of the random clothes I had thrown on that were slightly off for the occasion.

It might take you minutes, days, weeks, or months, but eventually, you’ll begin to understand that the reason you try hard to find comfort in whatever pose that you are in is because you don’t want to give up trying to find that ideal position that makes you proud of yourself, and I’m not just talking about yoga. I’m talking about thisdance called life.

Laughing you ask: “How would yoga help me with this dance called life?”

Yoga builds your focus, your attentiveness, your motivation. While you might believe coffee, or Adderall or whatever else you choose to use is the answer to your problems, it is a solution for a few hours or maybe the entire day, but ultimately this focus is taken from a shelf in a pharmacy or supermarket. You cannot even call this your own motivation. Instead of building focus, you are building yourself a wall against inner strength.

Hidden Forest Yoga Studio tries to break this wall down. You might take a yoga class for the sole reason of improving your physical health, but in reality it provides so much more for your mental health. Even if you feel you do not want to continue with the class, personally, it motivated me in other fields such as keeping a well-thought out exercise schedule and time management in research during my third year in university.

The studio does not just provide an outlet for stress and a way to gain muscle based on what the instructor thinks is best to teach that day. The instructor gives the class options.

“What would you like to work on today?”

Hands fly up followed by similar suggestions at times and at other times an array of muscle groups are suggested. Either way, the instructor provides a dynamic combination for you to enjoy, and you forget about the morning coffee you’ve been craving all day.

“But I take these classes after work!” You might say.

Correct, but as mentioned earlier, you know that pose you are so unwilling to remain in? The awareness you gain from striving to find a perfect position in which to strain your neck and align your shoulders with your back provides you with an enlightened mind. Of course it’s much easier to find this nirvana when you are surrounded by acres of forest, a few coyotes running about (harmless but exciting to encounter), and a dimly lit studio illuminated by candles. To top it all off, at the end of each class the instructor has you lay in Shavasana, literally the corpse pose. I guess because the class has you feeling so physically accomplished that both your mind and body must be put to rest. And with that, you have fallen asleep.

Unlike regular naps which have you feeling groggy after you awake, this minutes-long nap will have you feeling refreshed and ready to use your eyes for the rest of the day.

And then you will be able to appreciate the ride back more clearly.