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