[Pose Of the Week] 3 Simple Chair Yoga Poses for the Office

These simple chair yoga poses for the office can help give you the boost you need to get through the workday!

As we discussed on Monday, there are many amazing benefits of doing yoga at the office. Even if your employer doesn’t offer a wellness program or yoga classes, you can still take a few minutes throughout your day to do some simple chair yoga poses. These easy yoga stretches can help to release tension and stiffness throughout your body, decrease stress, improve focus, lower your blood pressure, and more!

Whether you need a boost to get through that afternoon slump, or you’re feeling stressed over your current workload, spending even just a few minutes doing these simple chair yoga poses at your desk can really help.

Here are 3 good ones to start with:

1.) Fan Pose:

Benefits of Fan Pose: This simple pose works as a heart opener, stimulates the immune system, opens the upper respiratory muscles, stretches the shoulders and arms, increases awareness of the action of the shoulder blades, aids in digestion and stretches the belly.

Tips: Sit tall at the front edge of your chair with your feet set firmly on the floor. Make sure your back is off the chair. Watch to make sure your spine is not curled. Your heart is at center with your chin moving forward. Your shoulder blades are pulled back. If shoulders are tight or there is pain in the shoulders, keep your arms low on the chair.

Here’s how to do it:

2. Seahorse Pose

Benefits of the Pose: Stretches the hip flexors, psoas, quadriceps and torso muscles, and aids in digestion.

Tips: Make sure your front foot is on the ground. Drop your outside knee down. Keep the top of your foot gently pressing onto the floor, or flex your toes so that the ball of your foot is pressing down for stability. Hold onto the chair and lean back.

Here’s how to do it:

3. Seated Child’s Pose

Benefits: Releases tension in lower back and relaxes the nervous system.

Tips: Sit tall and lean forward resting forearms on thighs. Tuck chin, head, neck and spine in a long line. Inhale deeply and exhale a complete three to five breaths.

Here’s how to do it:

See More Yoga Poses for the Office at Health.ClevelandClinic.org


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