Yoga for Desk Dwellers

Posted: November 28, 2012 by jerkmagblog in CRISP -- health
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Whether you think that yoga is just a fad or a complete waste of time, let me first start off by saying that you need to effing relax. Even if you’re not into the extremities of hot yoga or PiYo (yoga/pilates) you can still use yoga to simply relax and/or stretch your muscles, which is something everyone needs. This exercise is great for flexibility and getting those frequent kinks out of your body that come with your every day schedule.

Like any other exercise routine, yoga takes a lot of time out of your daily routine. As students, professors, part-time employees or whatever other occupations you have, finding a minute to yourself seems nearly imposible. I get that. But the great thing about yoga, is that you can do something as simple as a sun salutation for five minutes in the morning, or on your break, and be satisfied for the rest of the day. You don’t have to go to an hour-long class to feel good or to feel like you’ve exercised. You can do it right at your desk. You’ll be feeling so great that you CAN afford skip the gym, since you’re searching for excuses not to go anyway.

I found this great yoga work out for desk dwellers (students, office workers, professors) that will help your back, hips, shoulders, and probably your neck. We are all familiar with those aches and pains we get from staying up late hunching over our computers and not sleeping, so hopefully this will help relieve these pains.

Here are two poses I found from fitsugar.com under the title: Best Yoga Poses For Office Workers: Postwork Yoga Sequence For Desk Dwellers

Wide-Legged Forward Bend Pose: This forward bend variation will open tight shoulders and hamstrings.

  • Stand with three to four feet between your feet. Turn toes in slightly and interlace the fingers in a fist behind the back.
  • Inhale to engage the abs and pull hands away from the shoulders. Exhale to fold at your hips, keeping the legs and spine straight.
  • Hold for five deep breaths, trying to lower the hands toward the floor. Then come to stand at the front of your mat with both feet together.

Lizard Pose: Tight hip flexors can put strain on the lower back, so here’s a pose to target that commonly tight area.

  • From Downward Facing Dog, step your right foot forward between your palms, keeping your hands on the floor.
  • Lower your left knee to the floor, and release your elbows to the floor as well. Either rest your palms facing down on the mat, or bring your hands together in prayer position.
  • Continue to squeeze your right knee toward your body and keep your gaze in front of you to encourage your hips to lower toward the floor.
  • Stay here for at least five breaths. Come back onto your hands, tuck your back toes, and step your right leg back. Take a vinyasa and step your left foot forward to repeat this pose on the other side. Then work your way back to Down Dog.

You can find more poses to try at www.fitsugar.com. Each workout provides photos so you know how these things should look.

Happy stretching!

-Brooke Leone

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