Do you sit in the same position for hours on end at your job, study, or other daily activity? It's no secret that this is not the best for your health, as you'll have noticed by your need to fidget, get coffee every 30 minutes, and general discomfort. Try these 5 on-the-go yoga poses to relieve tension in your body and mind and that will help you conquer your work day!
The Huffington Post recently wrote about some yoga-inspired stretches that can be done without freaking out your coworkers... we do not recommend breaking out your downward dog in the middle of the office or library surrounded by people who are trying to concentrate on important projects. That bootay in the air is a spilled-drink-on-keyboard waiting to happen! We tried out these 5 poses that can be done in just a few minutes and are sure to rejuvenate you.
1. The Seated Backbend
Straighten your spine in your seat and take a deep breath. With both arms open wide, reach up as high as you can so that you are stretching while opening up your breath. As you exhale, bend your upper back slightly so that your gaze shifts slowly behind you. Hold this relaxing pose for a few seconds, then release both arms back to your side. Repeat this a few times.
2. The Seated Twist
Make sure you're sitting up straight in your seat. Inhale deeply. When you exhale, twist to one side from your abdomen (rather than from your upper back) and grab onto your arm rest or the side of your chair. Hold this position and breathe in and out here, then repeat on the other side.
Do you find yourself looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame at the end of a work day? The seated twist will help any aching you might feel from not sitting up straight along with your digestion.
3. The Wrist Release
We know you're proud of your speedy typing skills, but spending hours on the computer each day can exhaust your wrists and forearms. This simple stretch might help any tension you might be feeling.
With one hand, press the fingers of your other hand toward the top of your arm. Repeat with other hand. Next, press your fingertips toward the inside of your wrist, stretching in the opposite direction. To really let loose and release any remaining stress in your wrists, stick your arms out and shake them around rapidly from side to side, then up and down.
4. The Desk Shoulder Opener
Take a break from sitting and stand up just a few steps away from your desk so that your hands can still reach. While holding your arms out to your table, drop your head between your arms. This simple stretch will properly align your shoulders and help counteract any hunching you might be doing throughout the day (only super-humans are immune from hunching!)
5. The Forward Fold
This last exercise is great if your work or study environment does not allow for a quick handstand. Stand next to your desk and fold your body in half over your knees. Let your head and shoulders be pulled down by gravity. Hold this position for 30 seconds if you can, and let your body sway from side to side. This will reverse your blood flow, boosting your energy and decompressing your neck and shoulders.
Now you're ready to rock your day :D let me know if these stretches help you feel great while using your superpowers in your daily lives!