Relieve Work Stress and Tension with Four Dahn Yoga Exercises


Does sitting at the computer for hours make your body ache and your mind tired? After lunch, do you feel drowsy sitting at your desk? Do long meetings wear you out and drain your energy? You are not alone, for people in offices across America experience this daily. The good news is that there is something you can do to get relief – Dahn Yoga.

At times like these, Ilchi Lee [], president of the University of Brain Education, located in South Korea, recommends, "Try a few simple Dahn Yoga energy-restoring exercises. They can generate vitality in the body, bring clarity to the mind, and develop the mental stamina for long periods of clear and creative thinking."

Lee offers four exercises from the Dahn Yoga body-mind fitness system, which he created, that are good for releasing the mental stress and physical tension that office work produces.

To follow the exercises, simply start here:

  • Abdominal Breathing. Take deep breaths with your abdomen to provide your
    body and brain with sufficient oxygen. This releases the spine’s tension,
    relaxes the central nervous system, fills the brain and body with vitality,
    facilitates digestion, and eases drowsiness.
  • Exhale through the Mouth. Our breathing deepens when we have adequately
    exhaled the air in our lungs. In eliminating stagnant energy with each exhalation,
    your body and brain relax.
  • Spread Arms to Open Chest. Sitting at your desk, your shoulders can become
    stiff and head warm. Unable to circulate throughout the body, energy stagnates
    in your head. Spreading wide your arms makes your energy pass through your
    chest and go throughout your body, which revitalizes your brain.
  • Neck Rotations. Neck and shoulder stiffness hinders the blood and oxygen
    flows to the brain, keeping you from having a clear head. By slowing rotating
    your neck, you refresh your neck and spine, and stimulate your central nervous
  • Leaving the office to go exercise sounds great, but isn’t always the easiest
    of options for people. Doing these simple Dahn Yoga steps will help relieve
    aches, pains, stress and keep you going until the workday ends.

The full set of instructions for these exercises are at Learn more about Dahn Yoga at

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Tim Miejan
Tim Miejan is a writer who served as former editor and publisher of The Edge for twenty-five years. Contact him at [email protected].


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