While jobs often provide security and nurture a sense of purpose, demanding occupations can be detrimental to your physical and mental well-being. The many hours of sitting, poor posture, commuting, workplace stress and a sedentary lifestyle are all contributing factors that can damage your health. Hunching over a desk can also lead to tight hips and legs, a weak core, and chronic health issues such as arthritis.
A regular yoga practice can help offset the damage of sitting all day. You could even perform yoga while sitting at a desk. Read on to learn how you can master powerful asanas in the workplace.
Yoga poses that target areas of tension can be an effective antidote to many desk job ailments. From increased energy to enhanced productivity, here are several ways yoga can positively impact a sedentary work experience:
Here are three asanas to incorporate into your daily routine — whether at the office desk or in a control center. You can even perform these restorative poses in an intensive, 24/7 work environment to help beat fatigue, anxiety and muscle strain.
Sitting at your desk for long periods can cause tension along the spine. This asana is a great way to alleviate back discomfort by opening the chest and shoulders. Begin the pose sitting upright. Place the left hand on the right thigh. Turn the torso to the right and look over the right shoulder. Hold the twist for five breaths, then repeat on the other side.
While seated with both feet flat on the floor, cross your right leg over the left at a 90-degree angle, keeping the foot flexed. Keep weight distribution even between the sitting bones while staying in an upright seated position. You should feel a gentle stretch on the outermost part of the right thigh. Hold for five to 10 breaths, then switch legs.
The side body tends to collapse when hunched over a computer. Perform this pose so you can return to your seat with a clearer head and taller spine. While sitting, lift your arms overhead and stretch your fingers wide. Lean to the right, taking two to three deep breaths. Repeat on the left side.
Practicing yoga can lead to a more productive and harmonious work environment. The ancient practice can be especially beneficial for those who work in 24/7, intensive-use workplaces, such as:
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