The benefits of office yoga
How are your New Year’s resolutions going so far? If you know they could be better, and you just haven’t managed to be more active in 2019, #OfficeYoga could be the answer for you.
If you’ve been feeling tired and sore at your desk job, Furniture at Work as released an excellent infographic that’s sure to help. The company sells office furniture online, so they really know what they’re talking about.
For example, the Chair Cat Cow stretch involves arching your back and then roundign your spine. This helps you improve balance and posture, strengthen and stretch your neck and spine, and reduce lower back pain.
The Chair Raised Hands pose seems simple, but if you haven’t been activating the right muscles lately, you may find it a little tricky until you get the hang of it. Simply sit on your chair with your feet flat on the floor, and raise you rarms towards the ceiling as you inhale. This helps strengthen your core, open your shoulders, and improve your posture.
The Chair Eagle pose is a little more difficult. It involves crossing your thighs and wrapping your foot around the opposite calves. You then bend your elbows to loosen your shoulders and wrists and release tightness across your sacrum and between your shoulder blades. This also helps you strengthen your legs.
Whlie all of these poses are great, I think my favorite is the Chair Spinal Twist. WIth this, you sideways on your chair and then twist your torso while holding onto the back of your chair. This allows you to lengthen your spine, helps relieve back pain and stiffness, and opens your chest- increasing how much oxygen your lungs are getting. If you tend to get slow and tired in the afternoons, this is a great pose to try before your 3pm coffee.
Have you tried office yoga? If not, take a look at this great infographic and let me know how you go.