If a day of holiday shopping makes you feel slumped over, it's not just because all those bags are filled with goodies that aren't for you.
Lugging sacks of gifts around can roll your shoulders forward, making your chest tighten and close, says Chrissy Carter, a yoga teacher and trainer at YogaWorks in New York. Instead of looking and feeling defeated—and not getting optimal breath while you stride around—take a break from the card-swiping grind and try this shoulder and heart opener.
To do it, stand straight and interlace your fingers behind your back. Roll your upper arms and pull your shoulders down away from your ears. Lift and spread your chest, and hold the position for five breaths.
"For a more calming effect, fold forward over your legs," Carter says. "Let your head hang as you lift your shoulders away from the floor. Slowly come up to stand."