De-stress at work
De – Stress at Work
Whether you are a seasoned yogi or are new to the practice, everyone can access the benefits of yoga. Simply bring a couple of these simple stretches and intentional breaths into your work day and watch what happens. And if your co – workers look at you weird and ask what you’re doing, just tell them you are harnessing your inner office yogi and they should too.
- Sitting Reed Pose –
Interlace your fingers and stretch your arms up toward the ceiling, palms upward. Reaching evenly through all sides of your torso, take a deep inhale and feel your body stretch and open. Exhale and lean to your right, feeling the left side of your body stretch and wake up. Inhale back to center, then exhale and repeat to the left.
- Neck Roll –
Close your eyes. Let your chin drop down to your chest. Begin the circular motion of your neck slowly, by moving the right ear to the right shoulder, taking the head backwards and then bringing the left ear to the left shoulder. Keep your shoulders loose and relax. Rotate your neck three to five times and then switch directions.
- Stretch –
Find a spot on the floor and lower yourself onto all fours. Relax your shoulders, let your belly out and inhale, looking up to the ceiling. Then on the exhale, squeeze your belly in and round your back, stretching like a cat. Repeat this exercise for three to five breaths.
- Wrist Release –
Weeks and years of typing can take a toll on your wrists and forearms. Take a moment with each hand to bend your wrists in each direction. As you inhale, press your fingers perpendicularly, stretching your wrist up. With the exhale, gently grab your hand and stretch your wrist the other way. Then to fully release any other tension, just give your wrists and hands a gentle shake.
- Seated Forward Bend –
Push your chair away from your desk. Staying in your chair, keep your feet flat on the floor. Take your arms behind the lower back, keep your back straight and interlace your fingers behind your back. Bending forward from the waist, bring your interlaced hands over your back. Rest your chest on your thighs and relax your neck and shoulders.