When you think of Yoga you probably imagine a studio space, incense and 15 other zen creatures all around but some days we don't have the time to be tranquil so we've put together our favourite desk yoga moves for you to practice during your work day so you can leave those evenings free for netflix, knitting or that long overdue catch up with a friend.
Below are our 5 fave exercises that you don't need to stop the scroll for:
Seated spinal twist: This exercise is great for stretching out your spine and releasing tension in your back. Start by sitting up straight in your chair with your feet flat on the floor. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, twist your torso to the right. Hold the twist for a few breaths before releasing and repeating on the left side.
Shoulder stretch: This exercise will help release tension in your neck and shoulders, which can often become tight from prolonged sitting. Start by reaching your right arm up towards the ceiling and then bringing it down behind your back, holding onto the back of your chair with your left hand. Hold for a few breaths before switching sides.
Desk downward dog: This exercise mimics the downward dog pose in yoga, but instead of being on the floor, you perform it at your desk. Place your hands on the edge of your desk and step back, so your body forms an inverted “V” shape. Hold for a few breaths before releasing.
Seated cat-cow: This exercise is great for loosening up the spine and can help reduce tension headaches. Start by sitting up straight in your chair and placing your hands on your knees. As you inhale, arch your back and look up, and as you exhale, round your spine and tuck your chin to your chest. Repeat a few times.
Eye exercises: Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can cause eye strain, headaches, and dry eyes. To help relieve this, try doing some simple eye exercises. Start by looking up and to the right, hold for a few seconds and then down and to the left. Repeat a few times before closing your eyes and taking a few deep breaths.
Incorporating these yoga exercises into your daily routine can help relieve tension and stress, improve posture, and leave you feeling refreshed and revitalised.
Remember, it's important to listen to your body and only do what feels comfortable and safe. Start with a few minutes a day and gradually increase the amount of time you spend practicing these exercises. Your body and mind will thank you!