Office Yoga 1

Filed in Fitness by on March 26, 2014 0 Comments

Yoga is not just for the skinny.  Regardless of your current weight, flexibility – or lack  thereof, you can still enjoy its benefits.  We all know yoga is a great stress buster.  Every day, I try to take a few quiet minutes to stretch out my body and to quiet my mind.  If, like me, you are chained to your desk, this series of yoga poses is for you! No matter how highly scheduled your day is, you can practice these simple yoga movements, between meetings and conference calls.

Sitting at a desk or  in front of a computer all day can result in all kinds of pain.  Just taking a few minutes to do stretches at your desk will help to relieve stress, increase productivity, and most importantly, it will make you feel better.

1. Seated Neck Rolls

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  • Take your shoes off before starting these stretches if you are wearing high heels.
  • Close your eyes.
  • Let your chin drop down to your chest.
  • Begin to circle your neck slowly, taking the right ear to the right shoulder, the head back, and then the left ear to the left shoulder.
  • Try to keep the shoulders relaxed and not to hurry through areas of tightness.
  • Take 3-5 rolls and then switch directions and take another 3-5 rolls.

 

2. Seated Forward Bend

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  • Push your chair back from your desk.
  • Bring both feet flat on the floor.
  • Interlace your fingers behind your back.
  • Straighten your arms, drawing the interlaced fingers down.
  • Fold at the waist, bringing your interlaced hands over your back.
  • Rest your chest on your thighs and release your neck.

 

3. Wrist Stretch

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  • Stand up.
  • Turn your hands so that the wrists face your computer and the fingers face the edge of the desk.
  • Lean in to the wrists and flatten your palms as much as possible.
  • Back off if you feel pain.

4. Seated Spinal Twist

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  • Turn so you are sitting sideways in your chair.
  • Bring both feet flat on the floor.
  • Twist towards the back of the chair, holding the back with both hands.
  • Turn the chair the other way and repeat.

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