Long hours spent sitting at your desk can be hard on your body. If you’ve noticed yourself with a stiff back, neck or hips, you’re among the many with aches and pains caused by too much time in the same position. But did you know yoga can help? Sure—there’s not much time at the office to roll out your yoga mat and practice your sun salutations. But you can do some easy poses right at your desk to help relieve tension in your upper body, relax and breathe a little easier.
Four Yoga Posa to Try at Work
Just check out these tips from a leading provider of jobs in Gallatin, TN—Wood Personnel:
Standing Thigh Stretch
You’re probably familiar with this stretch if you’ve ever taken a class at the gym. You can add a little to it to help improve your balance and stretch your back. Stand in front of or next to your desk with your feet hip-distance apart. With your right hand, grab hold of your right foot and squeeze it against your right glute. You’ll release your front hip and leg muscles. Then, slowly raise your left hand for help releasing the muscles in your back (and for a boost of balance).
Neck and Shoulder Release
Again, standing with your feet hip-distance apart, clasp your hands behind your back with your arms straight down. Pull your hands down and back as you lean your head back and slightly arch your back. This pose helps release your back and shoulder muscles. You can also try it seated with your feet flat and hip-distance apart on the floor.
Standing, bring your feet together. Raise your arms above your head and clasp your hands. Bending from the waist, lean slowly to the right and hold for a few seconds. Then repeat on your left side.
Sit in your seat with your feet flat on the floor. Rest your hands in your lap and close your eyes (or if you can’t, focus on an object on your desk). Breathe slowly in through your nose and out through your mouth for 5-10 counts. If you can, picture a peaceful scene, such as a beach.
Return to Your Work Rejuvenated
By completing these four easy poses, you can take a few minutes away from your work and return feeling much more relaxed and ready to go.
Still Stressed Out?
If your work is causing you endless stress and desk yoga is just not an answer, it may be time to look for something new. And Wood Personnel Services can help! We’ll work with you to understand your career goals and find a new job that fits. Contact us today to learn more!