If you’re like me and work at a desk full-time, you understand the physical strain that continual sitting and improper posture can have on the body. Yoga is one of the leading practices to release tension, relax the muscles, improve posture and boost energy yet it’s hard to squeeze in exercise with our demanding schedules. The mainstream healthcare leaders at Health.com shared five quick, easy yoga posses/stretches to do at the office to help you through the workday.
Sit at the edge of your chair, press your hands down on either side of your hips and raise your legs and butt up off the seat. Engage your deep abdominal muscles and keep the tops of your shoulders down; hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Lower and repeat 2 more times.
High Altar Pose
Inhale and lift your arms; clasp your hands and invert your palms. Lean to your left. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then switch sides.
Turn to your left. Use your left hand on the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then twist to the other side.
Cow Face Arms
Bring your left arm behind your back and right arm behind your head. Clasp fingers if you can. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths; switch sides.
Ankle to Knee
Place your left foot on your right knee, letting left knee drop open. Keep your back straight; lean forward to stretch deeper. After 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides.
At 7 months pregnant, I tried these here in my office and found them to be easy to achieve and actually quite relaxing and comfortable!
If you’re interested in getting more of a yoga workout, call us at 226-2228 to learn more about our yoga class schedule!
– Robin Giossi