You don't need to toil through the work week, just hoping to make it through till it's finally time for your weekly yoga class or private yoga session. Sneak in mindful movement and deep breath anytime you can throughout the day! This cat/cow flow can be done at your desk and will help you slow down and relax, especially on a stressful day. Give yourself at least 5 full breaths in and out and be sure to notice what happens. Check in with both the obvious and more subtle chang
Do your hips tend to feel stiff and unmovable? Do you have a tough time with balance, or feel pain in your legs? If so, your piriformis may be in need of TLC. The piriformis is a muscle that rotates your leg out from your hip and, when tight, can lead to glute pain, low back pain, and because it’s close to your sciatic nerve, tingling in your legs. Because so many of us sit for much of the day, we’re likely to have tight hips, which is where this chair-adapted pose comes in.
This desk yoga pose is a twist. Twists are some of my favorite poses because they open the back and the chest, and can give you an energy kick. When you move into a twist, you press old blood out of your organs and as you unwind, fresh blood moves back in and re-oxygenates those organs. This pose can help improve your posture and maybe even your ability to stay focused while working on that brutal annual report. Or at the very least give you a chance to chat with your coworke
Let me share something I bet you already know. Sitting for long periods of time could be shortening your life. Studies continue surfacing all over the place, associating sitting for 6+ hours a day with higher rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and chronic pain. You may even know that all of this sitting trumps meeting the recommended 2.5 hours of weekly physical activity. It’s all pretty frustrating if you have a desk job. Many workers are dinged for being
Eagle pose is typically a balance pose, with shoulder blades opening like wings behind you. It’s a nice opener for the hips, shoulders, and upper back. We’ll call this pose perched eagle since you can do it from your office chair. How to practice perched eagle: Start out by sitting tall in your chair, and cross your right knee over your left knee, making sure to keep both hips equally grounded in your seat. Now, bring your arms out to the sides, elbows bent, with fingers poin