Stop What You’re Doing & Pose: Our Guide to Desk Yoga
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It’s time to take a few seconds for yourself.
These days, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by our “new normal.”
For most of us, that means adjusting to new routines at work, home, and everywhere in-between.
Despite these adjustments, it’s important to remember that you still deserve a moment of self-care.
By simply relaxing into these do-at-your-desk yoga poses, we help to recenter our bodies and our minds, even during the most stressful days of this new normal. Plus, integrating yoga into your daily routine may have both psychological and physiological benefits: New research suggests that yoga can have a positive impact on the immune system by reducing pro-inflammatory markers.
So, whether you’re in need of a breath of fresh air, a simple tension tamer, or a moment to loosen your muscles, try these simple “desk yoga” poses to support wellness of body and mind – even when you can’t make it into the yoga studio.
Yoga For A Breath Of Fresh Air
Need a second to decompress?
This chest-opening desk yoga pose will feel like a soothing sigh.
Stand with feet hip-distance apart and parallel to each other. Inhale and draw your tailbone under, engaging your abdomen.
Stretch arms above your head and lengthen the space between your vertebrae, as you slowly lean back. Be sure to actively tighten your leg muscles and extend your back.
Breathe deeply and relax into the pose for 1-2 minutes.
Yoga To Set Your Tension Free
Try this simple tension tamer to help your body and mind let go of stress.
Sit cross-legged or in a chair with a straight spine.
Place your hands on your knees with your arms straightened.
Breathe deeply and consciously. Hold the pose for three minutes.
Yoga to Loosen Your Pipes
This simple desk yoga pose will help you loosen your muscles and melt stress.
Sit up straight, breathe in deeply and relax.
Move your shoulders forward in large circles for 30 seconds to one minute, all while breathing slowly and deeply.
Then, roll your shoulders back for 30 seconds to one minute, while maintaining the same rhythm of breathing.
Continue Your Self-Care Journey
After practicing these soothing desk yoga poses, continue your self-care journey with a comforting cup of Yogi tea.