It is no secret that exercise is beneficial to your physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Practicing yoga is one of the most popular activities and for good reason. It relieves stress, increases concentration, improves memory, decreases lower back pain, and improves balance and flexibility. These benefits are incredibly valuable for those who work at a desk all day. Let’s take a look at five yoga poses that you can do right from your desk.
1. Neck Roll
This is one of the easiest poses to get started with. Take a deep breath and closes your eyes. Drop your chin toward your chest. Slowly circle your neck. As you do so, let your right ear drop to your right shoulder and left ear drop to your left shoulder. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Do five rolls in a counterclockwise motion and then five rolls in a clockwise motion.
2. Seated Crescent Moon
Begin in the seated position with your feet flat on the floor. Lift both arms over your head and put your palms together with fingers stretched wide. Gently lean to the right side for 3-5 breaths and then lean to the left side for 3-5 breaths.
3. Seated Forward Bend
Sit in your chair with both feet flat on the floor. Bring your arms behind your back and interlace your fingers. Straighten your arms as much as you can. Bend at the waist (Your chest should be on your thighs) while raising your interlocked hands over your back. Let your head fall as far as it will comfortably. Repeat 2-3 times.
4. Seated Spinal Twist
Sit sideways in your office chair and place both feet flat on the floor. Hold the back of your chair with both hands and gently twist towards the back. You should be turning 180 degrees. Do 2-3 reps on one side, switch the opposite side of the chair, and do 2-3 reps.
5. Sit and Stand Chair Pose
Begin in the seated position with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90-degree angle. Next, press your heels down towards the floor. Using only your legs and glutes, stand up. Slowly sit back down only using your leg muscles. It is helpful to have your arms stretched out in front of you.
Take Care of Your Body and Your Mind
These five desk yoga poses require minimal space and will not disrupt coworkers. Taking a few minutes during the workday can help you increase your productivity and efficiency.
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