Let's do some yoga at our desks
Sitting at your desk for up a large part of your day can cause all sorts of aches and pains and can reduce productivity and focus. Yoga is a great way to give your body a sense of equilibrium and relieve it from pain and stress. So doesn’t it seem ironic that the times we are most stressed and most in need of yoga are likely to be the times that we are more chained to the desk than ever?
In the image gallery you'll find a sequence of nine poses and stretches that can be done from the safety of your desk without drawing too much attention to yourself. All you’ll need is a chair and a few minutes. If possible, close the door to your office or find an empty meeting room you can use for some privacy; but if this is not possible, none of these are going to draw too much attention to yourself if you do work in an open plan environment.
Start all of the exercises seated with your bottom positioned towards the front of your chair. Instead of sinking into the back of your chair, lengthen through your spine as much as you can and feel the pelvic floor engage. Place your feet flat on the floor and press through them evenly. Before you start take five deep breaths in and out of the nose. Try to fill the ribcage with breath and make sure all the breath leaves the body with each exhale – so that every inhale is a fresh new breath with no stale air in the lungs.
Yoga at your desk
1. Neck stretch. As you inhale, reach your left arm up and around your head, covering your right ear with your left hand. As you exhale, gently draw your head over to the left and extend your right arm out to the side. Hold for five full breaths. Repeat on the other side.
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Nadia Rihani is the director and teacher at Yoga Village in Sydney’s Potts Point. Prior to working as a Yoga Teacher Nadia worked in the corporate world where she came up with creative ideas to incorporate a bit of yoga in to her work life. www.yogavillage.com.au