Do you feel trapped behind a desk, or glued to your phone or computer all day? Loosen up and energize with these simple seated yoga moves you can do right from your desk chair!
If you work at a desk job, it can be hard to get enough exercise throughout your day. While doing a yoga routine either before or after work is awesome, sometimes it just feels great to get some of those exercises in while you are still at your desk.
When you do these during throughout your day, you will feel a lot more relaxed and as we discussed last week, your productivity may increase also. Take time out of your day to relax and rejuvenate without ever having to leave your desk and see how much better you feel at the end of the day!
Below are 4 simple seated yoga stretches that you can do while at work. If you can, take your shoes off and try to feel as relaxed as you can before starting.
1.) Start out with a simple head roll. Close your eyes and lower your chin to your chest. Rotate your head around toward your right shoulder, then back and to the left and ending up with your chin back at your chest. Do this about 5 times and then switch directions and do it another 5 times.
2.) Move on to the cat-cow chair stretch. Put your feet flat on the floor and your hands on your knees. When you inhale, arch your back so that you are looking at the ceiling. Exhale and bend your spine so that your head drops forward. Do this through 5 breaths or until your spine feels stretched and relaxed.
3.) Next try the seated spinal twist in your chair. While sitting sideways in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, hold onto the back of your chair with both hands and twist to the right. Hold for 2-3 deep breaths. Turn to the other side and do the same thing toward the left. Repeat each side 2-3 times.
4.) End your session with the seated forward bend. Move your chair back away from your desk so that you have enough room to bend forward without hitting your head. Put both of your feet flat on the floor and interlace your fingers behind your back with your arms as straight as possible. Bend at your waist and bring your hands forward and place your chest on your thighs then relax your neck.
All of these seated yoga moves can be done without leaving your chair, so they are perfect if you work in a cubicle or small area where you don’t have much room to move around. After doing these simple stretches, you will feel much more relaxed and energized and ready to go on with your day!