Just Breathe. Easy Yoga Poses to Relieve Stress from Work.
Sometimes you just have one of those days. Whether it’s sitting at your desk from nine to five or hunching over your computer to cram for an exam, your work routine can negatively impact your physical body leading to back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Implementing yoga into your daily routine can help eliminate work-related stressors. Don’t have time to get to a yoga studio with all the rush hour work traffic? No stress, these yoga poses can easily be done from the comfort of your own desk chair. Just sit back, relax, and breathe.
1. Seated Crescent Moon Pose
Stretches out the side body which can become strained sitting at a desk
Helps to improve concentration
Energizes and strengthens the spine
Improves posture after long days of hunching over the computer
Start by lifting your arms overhead, stretching your fingers towards the ceiling, shoulder-width apart. With your arms lifted, lean to the right. Take deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth. Return to center, then repeat on the left side for another round of breath.
2. Eagle Arms
Loosens wrists that may be strained from writing or typing
Releases tightness between shoulder blades
Begin by reaching your arms forward, then sweep your right arm under your left. Bend and cross at the elbows, then raise your forearms perpendicular to the ground. After wrapping at the elbows, reach your hands toward the ceiling and place the palms or the back of your hands together.
If your palms are unable to touch, place your right hand on your left shoulder and your left hand on your right shoulder. With arms crossed and touching the shoulders, lift your elbows perpendicular from the floor until you feel a release in the shoulders and upper back.
Repeat a second time with opposite arm crossing, placing your left arm under the right.
3. Detoxifying Twist
Massages and wrings out your internal organs from toxins
Relieves lower back pain
Corrects posture and energizes the spine after being sedentary at work or class
Increases blood flow and circulation
This pose can be completed both in your desk chair or in a cross-legged seated position on the floor. In your seated position, elongate your spine. As you inhale, place your right hand flat behind you for support as you twist to the right. As you twist right, place your left hand on your right knee or on the ground in front of your right side to deepen.
As you exhale, move deeper into the twist by directing your gaze over the back of your right shoulder. Hold the twist for five to eight breaths. On your next inhale, switch sides and alternate hand placement to stretch out your left side body.