Guess what I’m doing while writing this article? Sitting at my desk, of course! And while I’ve tried to combine my treadmill with my desk for a DIY standing desk, that didn’t work well for me.
Now imagine this: you’ve been sitting at your desk for hours, and you finally acknowledge that annoying back pain that’s been bothering you. Oh, and the neck is stiff too. Throw in a muscle crap for some bonus. Yes, that’s how people who have desk jobs live (and freelancers have just as exhausting work days). It’s you, the computer, and phone all day long.
We already know how bad sitting all day is for us but do you know that taking just a few minutes a day to do some simple yoga poses can do your body a lot of service? Easier said than done. Most people are sedentary and, for them, it’s hard to include exercise in the daily routine.
So, how about some yoga for stress release during a break? The following route is easy, and all you need is a chair (if yours has wheels, just set them in the locked position).
1. Sun Salutations
Yes, you can even a modified version of the Sun Salutation while sitting.
The poses are meant to strengthen your spine and core.
Sit with your feet on the ground and back straight
Inhale and reach your arms above your head
Press your palms together
Exhale as you drop your arms and twist to your left
Bring your right arm on your left knee and left arm on the back of the chair
Inhale and repeat on the right side
Continue the flow for 8-10 repetitions
2. Eagle Arms
This pose helps to open your upper back, shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
Sit with your feet hip-width apart, firmly on the floor
Keep your back straight
Take your arms out at shoulder height
Wrap your left arm under your right arm as high as you can
Double cross your forearms and press the palms together
If you cannot touch your palms, do a modified version: press the back of your hands instead
Lift your elbows towards the ceiling, relaxing your shoulders
Hold for 5-8 breathes
Repeat with the opposite arm crossing under
3. Downward facing dog
This pose is perfect to engage your lower body. It opens your back, shoulders, necks, head, and legs.
Face the back of your chair
Place the hands on the back of the chair, shoulder-length apart
Walk your feet back until your chest is parallel to the floor
Engage your abs and lift your ribs
Lift your hips up and away from the shoulders
Bend your knees to pull back more, then straighten them again
Hold for 8-10 breaths
4. Goddess Squat
This squat is an excellent way to work your lower body. It opens your hips as well as strengthens your buttocks and legs.
Start at the edge of the chair, with your hips in the middle
Open your legs to the sides
Press your palms together
Hold for ten breaths
To make the move harder, try lifting yourself from the chair a few inches and holding the pose like that.
5. Scale Pose
This pose is great for your abs. It works your core which helps with a better posture and spine health.
Sit at the edge of the chair
Place your arms on either side of your hips
Engage your core and lift the hips so that the feet hover above the ground
Repeat 3-5 times