5 yoga moves you can do in the office

-Jan 23, Hannah Hargrave , Fitness -

Think you don’t have time for yoga? Think again. There are some great yoga moves you can pull off even if you’re stuck in the office all day long!

While diving into a downward dog in the middle of the work place might be a bit uncomfortable you can’t still get your yoga on from your desk job.

All the that good yoga does for your mind and your body doesn’t have to happen before or after work. You can destress and stretch in the office and head home after a long day knowing that you’ve squeezed in some body conditioning AND done your job efficiently. 

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Seated crescent moon

Your body can get a little hunched up when you’re seated at a desk all day. Give your neck, shoulders and spine a pick-me-up by practicing Seated Crescent Moon. 

How to do it: Lift your arms up over your head and gently clasp your stretched out fingers together. Lean to one side and take three deep breaths before leaning to the other and doing the same thing. 

Wrist rolls and stretches

All that tap, tap tapping on the computer can make your fingers and wrists seize up. To relieve the tension every couple of hours practice these moves.

How to do it:  Extend your arms out in front of your – or to the side – and rotate your wrists one way and then the other several times. 

Another way to get the blood flowing is to close your fists and then stretch your fingers out and back into a fist, repeating 10 times. 

Chair pose – sitting and standing

You can quite literally get off your backside and give your glutes and hamstrings a well deserved stretch with this Chair Pose with a difference.

How to do it: From sitting – with your knees bent 90 degrees and your feet pressed firmly on the ground – stand up slowly using your abdominals and legs only. Sit slowly back down and repeat 5-10 times. 

Desk plank 

We don’t suggest climbing onto your desk for this plank, but using it as a support will work to lengthen the spine and give the backs of your legs a decent stretch too. 

How to do it: Just as you would normally do on the floor for a plank, place your hands on the edge of the desk, shoulder width apart. Step your feet back and keep your legs straight, so you are at a 45 degree angle. Gently stretch and hold the pose for several breaths in and out. 

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Yoga pushups

This move is like your office Chaturanga and will work your arm and ab muscles.

How to do it: Use the edge of your desk as the base for your yoga pushup. Rest your hands shoulder width apart and step your feet backwards so that your upper body is diagonal to the floor. Then  lower your body by bending your elbows. Exhale on the way down and inhale as you straighten your arms on the way back up. Repeat 5-10 times. 

Desk yoga isn’t the only way you can squeeze more exercise into your day. Discover the tips this fitness expert shared with Lumity about adding more activity to your daily regime.

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