YOGA TO GO

New Yorker and admitted workout fiend Sharon Klahr is one of 15 million people in the U.S. who regularly practice yoga. But like many busy people, the 31-year-old writer doesn’t always have time for a class.

That’s just what Stephen Viens hopes. Viens is the president of Vn Industries and the mastermind behind a series of CD-ROMs called Yoga at Your Desk (www.yogaatyourdesk.com). Each of the three CDs feature a movie-like, 20-minute yoga workout in serene, meditative vacation spots such as Mexico, Costa Rica, and Bali. The first installment for beginners is available now for $19.95, with two more advanced CDs slated for February and May releases. “People used to see yoga as some granola-crunching Care Bear thing. But now they’re realizing it’s a viable form of exercise,” Viens says.

Klahr tested the Oasis workout, which modifies the usual yoga poses to incorporate a desk chair. “The whole thing about yoga, if you think about it, is that it’s really about breathing and stretching properly — and this does that. The form is good, the music is soothing, and the instructor voiceover is really good,” she says. “I still think yoga from a computer is a little odd, but if you’re looking for a yoga fix, this really works.”

And for those office workers trying out the routine at lunch: Don’t forget to shut the door. Your officemates will never look at you the same way after they see you in Full Warrior pose.