Desk jobs are ouchie.
Sitting at your desk all day is hard on your back, shoulders, neck, and hips. Muscle inactivity leads to stiffness in your arms and legs, while overuse can be damaging to your wrists. (And the effects are even harsher if you don’t have an ergonomic set-up.)
Yoga poses that stretch and strengthen these parts of your body can help to balance out the physical effects of your desk job. Try these simple poses after work:
Reduces tension in the shoulders and neck. Stretches and strengthens your arms and legs, as well as hands, wrists, and feet. Energizes the body while helping to calm the brain and relieve stress, fatigue, and headaches. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute (or longer, if you can!).
Stretches and strengthens the groin, legs, and arms, as well as hands and feet. Hold for 30 seconds on each side (you can switch sides by transitioning through Plank or Downward Facing Dog). Repeat.
Stretches and strengthens your arms, legs, groin, shoulders, and core. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute on each side. Repeat.
Engages the legs while stretching the groin, hips, chest, shoulders, and core. Hold for 20-30 seconds on each side.
Opens shoulders and hamstrings, stretches the back and relieves back and neck pain. Hold for 30 seconds to one minute.
Basic Yoga (strengthening exercises)
Yoga Studio App (guided yoga classes)
Rise to the Sun (energizing Sun Salutations)
And did you know? Stronger core and upper back muscles (i.e. muscles used in these poses!) will help you sit up straighter and avoid neck and back pain from your office chair.