Get Your Yoga Fix on Your Lunch Break
05 December 2012,18:08:59 BST
In today’s busy world, it can be difficult to find the time to work out. After a long day at the office, the last thing you want to do is slog away in an exercise class. If your hectic lifestyle barely leaves you with enough time to eat and sleep, yoga could be just the workout for you. Yoga is a great stress buster and can help relieve the tension in the neck, back and hips caused by sitting at a desk for long periods. It’s also a quick and simple workout that you can fit into your working day. So, next time you’re feeling stressed out at work, slip into your comfortable yoga wear and perform some of these poses on your lunch break.
Sitting Reed Pose
The sitting reed pose can be used to wake up your entire body and reenergise you mind. It can help relieve the fatigue that can set in around lunch time during your working day.
• Sit squarely in your desk chair with your feet firmly on the floor. If your feet don’t reach the floor, place some books underneath them.
• Interlace your fingers and stretch your arms towards the ceiling.
• Exhale and lean to the left, feeling a stretch down the side of your body. Inhale and return to the centre. Repeat on the right side.
Seated Cow Face Pose
Working at a computer can cause tension to build in your neck and back. This stretch can be used to relieve that tension.
• Sitting in your desk chair with your feet firmly on the floor, raise your right arm and place your fingers at the nape of your neck.
• Take your left arm behind your back and clasp your fingers. Feel the stretch along your shoulders.
• Release your fingers as you exhale. Shake your arms gently, and repeat to the other side.
The triangle pose can be used to break your body free of the tension that can build up throughout your working day. Non slip yoga mats should be used for safety when performing this stretch.
• Stand with your feet about 1 metre apart. Your feet should be firmly planted to the floor.
• Turn your right foot outwards 90 degrees so that it points to the right. Turn your left foot slightly inwards.
• Inhale and stretch your arms widely apart.
• As you exhale, bend to the right over your hips. Put your right hand on your right leg for support. Lift your left arm up towards the ceiling.
• Return to centre, and then repeat on the left.
If you can, change into comfortable yoga trousers before performing these exercises. They will allow you to move without restriction. With all these stretches, be sure to work within your own range of motion and don’t force any of the movements. If you experience any discomfort, stop immediately. Focus on your posture throughout the exercises, keeping your chest open and your shoulder blades back and down. But, most importantly, try to relax and enjoy the feeling of freedom and openness that yoga can give you.