Yoga Office Exercises
May 2, 2008
You say you are too busy to take half an hour to an hour out of your day to practice Yoga routine. You can still practice the poses while you are in the office or even standing in a grocery check out line. The Mountain Pose is one you can do and no one will notice. Here are the basics of the Mountain Pose. Stand straight with your weight distributed evenly between both feet. Let your shoulders hang easily and put your pelvis in a neutral position. Also, wear flats when you are running errands, it will make it easier to sneak in the Mountain Pose, and your feet will feel better at the end of the day.
There are quite a few simple Yoga Asanas you can do while sitting at your desk, making these perfect yoga office exercises. If you have the luxury of a private office, you can use part of your lunch hour to practice a few poses, just shut your door. You don’t have to have a lot of room, just the size of a mat and you don’t have to have that either. If you have a cubicle instead of an office there are still some poses stretches you can do that will loosen you up and make you more relaxed. A twist is done by crossing one leg over the other and grasping the outer thigh of the top leg with the opposite arm. With your free arm, grab the back of your chair and twist until you feel a comfortable switch. You can pretend like you are looking at something over your shoulder. Now switch, no one will even notice and it’s good practice to do stretches at your desk, it makes you more efficient and lessens tension.
Another good stretch to release tension in your neck is to try to touch your ear to your shoulder. Moving your head slowly up and down, and side-to-side can do neck stretches. They will think you are shaking your head yes or no to someone. You won’t look like your not doing your job and it will relax you and make you more productive.
If you have a little more freedom, here are a couple of Yoga stretches you might try. This one Put your ankle on top of your opposite knee, drape your body over the triangle your legs are making. Switch legs and do the same thing. This one is great for really relaxing the spine after you’ve been sitting for a long time. Stand up pushing your chair back bending from the hips and keeping your back straight, bend over and place your folded arms on the desk. Take a few deep breaths, and then slowly roll up one vertebra at a time.
Here’s one I especially like. If you are watching TV and a commercial comes on, take a minute to sit cross-legged on the floor with your hands on your knees. Slowly rotate your body in big circles first one way and then the other. It should be a big help in relaxing your lower back.
Remember to always breathe correctly, when you are doing even these simple poses. Start slowly, don’t force your body, and work up to where you want to be. You can be busy and still practice Yoga poses. Look for your opportunities throughout the day.
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