Here at Yoga Wellbeing we have had so many of our yoga friends crying out for a bit of help when it comes to doing yoga at their desk. Two yoga classes a week don’t seem to be enough for people to keep shoulder and neck tension at bay. So here’s a couple of ideas to keep you going when your working at your desk and staring at the sunshine outside dreaming about Yoga in the Park.
1. Bring your arms behind your back, clasping your hands. Or, hold a tie, sweater, or scarf (or something) between your hands.
2. Lift your arms as high as you can. Lift your sternum.
3. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds, relax for a moment, then repeat.
Arm Stretch 2
1. Interlock your fingers and extend your arms outward, straight in front of your shoulders. Your palms should be facing outward.
2. Slowly raise your hands overhead, stretching all the way from the waist. Work on straightening your elbows. Hold for 30 to 45 seconds, relax, and try again.
Chair Twist 1
1. Sit on the edge of your chair, sideways with your left side facing the chair back.
2. Throughout the pose, keep your feet and knees together and even.
3. Place your hands on the chair as shown.
4. Inhale while straightening your spine. As you exhale, twist toward the back of the chair, twisting from the very bottom of your spine — pushing with your left hand and pulling with your right hand.
5. Repeat the inhalation/straighten, exhalation/twist series several times.
6. Release and switch sides.