Staring at computers while sitting in uncomfortable chairs can leave our backs feeling stiff, our hips and shoulders feeling tight, and our minds feeling burnt out. Skipping out to attend a yoga class midday just isn’t an option for many. Never fear there is a solution for the hardworking desk set who seek a little relief.
Couch Potato Effect
Studies have shown sitting still is harmful to heart health, causes high blood pressure, and can cause obesity. Using a standing desk or treadmill while working will lessen the negative impact on your health, but that isn’t entirely realistic. Unless, well, your office is a gym or you’re able to walk, type, and focus all at once. Sounds easy right? The best option: desk yoga.
Yoga is Beneficial
Yoga is known to improve flexibility, circulatory function, and promote better respiratory health. Even the simplest poses during the day can help with stress management and boost energy. Pick-me-up at work yoga poses can sharpen concentration, relax the mind, and improve mental clarity.
4 At Work Yoga Poses to Try:
- High Alter – Sitting at the end of your chair lift arms above your head. Clasp your hands together and turn palms upward facing the ceiling. Lean to the right, hold for 5 breaths, then switch sides.
- Desk Upward Dog – Stand and straighten arms. Rest your hands about shoulder width distance on the edge of your sturdy desk, and step your feet back so your torso is a diagonal line to the floor. Your feet firmly placed. Bend forward stretching the chest and lengthening arms. Stretch chest between shoulders, gently lift chin upwards towards the ceiling. Hold for 5 breaths.
- Chair Pigeon Pose – Place left foot flat over the right knee. Keeping back straight lean forward to stretch. Hold for 5 breaths. Switch Legs.
- Wrist Stretches – Extend arms outward. Roll wrists in a circular motion. Bend wrists inward and outward holding for 5 breaths.
Desk yoga doesn’t require much space or time. Don’t be afraid to let your inner yogi out. Your heart, body, and mind will love you for it.