National Yoga Month: Down Dog at the Desk

Hi everyone! Sue Schultze here. In honor of National Yoga Month, I’m going to give you a series of yoga stretches you can perform at your desk. Sitting is harmful for our health, leading and contributing to a highly sedentary lifestyle (this has been shown to lead to shorter life spans). Take time to notice your body position throughout your work day: Are you slumped forward? Do your shoulders collapse toward the front of your body? Is your neck jutting forward? Stretching each day can relieve stress, relieve muscle tension, and provide a mental break to “reset.”

To begin, sit straight in your chair—feet planted on the floor, hip distance apart. Breathe slowly and evenly. Inhale and exhale though the nose. Inhale to a count of 4, exhale to a count of 4. Repeat for at least a minute. Extend the count of your breaths as you’re able. Close your eyes if you’re comfortable doing so.

Down dog at the desk

Stand tall, feet planted hip-distance apart. Press your hands into the top of your desk, stepping back until you are at a 90-degree angle when you lean forward. Avoid locking your knees, keeping a soft bend. Inhale and exhale into a forward stretch.

Check back for more poses and stretches this month!

– Sue


Before engaging in these activities, please consult with your doctor if you have any pre-existing health conditions or injuries.

Sue Schultze

Sue Schultze

Sue began her appreciation and love of yoga many years ago, but it was during a stressful time in her life that she returned whole-heartly to the practice. Looking for a moving meditation that could quiet the mind and return her body to a state of well-being, she was immediately at home with yoga. Sue is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, having received her 200-hour certification under Kelli Precourt, the owner of Balance Health Studio in Seagrove Beach, Florida. Sue is currently continuing her 500 hour certification at the Asheville Yoga Center in Asheville, NC. She has also completed both the Basic and Advanced Certification in Restorative Yoga from Judith Hanson Lasater. Sue teaches at Balance Health Studio in Seagrove Beach, Florida, as well as providing private and small group instruction.

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