Emergency Zen: 4 Yoga Stretches to Practice at Your Desk
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While we should all aspire to have excellent posture, a perfectly ergonomic workstation, and find time to do a breathe exercise during the day, the reality is that our jobs get in the way. To remain zen, relieve stress and help you recharge, here are some yoga moves to keep you upright. Brownie points to those starting off team meetings with a group stretch!
Twist it Out
Plant your feet on the floor and sit up tall. Place your right hand on your outer left knee and twist your torso to the left. As you inhale, sit up taller and as you exhale, rotate your ribs and shoulders to the left. Keep your right hip back as you turn. Take three deep breaths, then switch sides. You will know you are stretching too far if you can’t keep a steady breath and can see all the way to Martha in accounting.
Pigeon in a Chair
Start with both feet flat on the ground and place your left ankle just above your right knee. Maintain a straight back and flex your left foot. If you don’t feel a stretch, lean forward with your torso—we’re not talking head on your keyboard, just a slight stretch—without tilting to either side. Hold for five deep breaths, then switch sides.
Crescent Moon For Desk Neck
With arms over your head, place your palms together with your fingers stretched wide. Lean to the left for three deep breaths while keeping your shoulders down. As you inhale, lengthen your spine, and as you exhale continue to deepen the delicious stretch (sorry, we talk in ‘food’ here at Platterz). Feel the release of tension in your neck and shoulders.
Cow Face Clasp
With a bent elbow, take your left arm behind your head as you bring your right arm to your upper back. Bring your hands together if you can. If you can’t, move them towards each other and think about that lengthy to-do-list for an extra push (just kidding, this should be a small stretch!). Hold for three deep breaths and switch sides.
Work up an appetite? Keep the zen going with some healthy eats; try a delicious salad, fresh poke or an acai bowl.