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5 For Friday: 5 Yoga Poses You Can Do In Your Office
https://www.carsontahoe.com/calendar.htmlWork stress got you down? Well, consider clearing your workspace and your mind with these 5 easy-to-do yoga poses you can do from the comfort of your own desk!
1. Mountain Pose
Sit erect, clasp your hands, and extend your arms forward. Turn the palms away from you and raise your arms until the palms face the ceiling. Stretch and feel yourself growing taller as you reduce the stress in your head, neck, and shoulders. This posture lengthens your sides. If you want, add to this posture by bending your arms to each side.
Sit erect and place your arms in front of you at a 90 degree angle. Cross your arms so that the right arm is above the left. Interlock your arms and press your palms together with the tips of your fingers pointed upward. Feel yourself contracting. This pose strengthens triceps, shoulders, and back muscles. It’s a good preventative measure against carpal tunnel syndrome. For your legs, simply cross your legs and interlock them with one foot behind the other.
3. Thread and Needle
Sit in your chair and cross your right leg over your left knee. Flex both feet and lift them off the floor. “Thread the needle” by clasping your hands around your left leg, just under your knee. This posture stretches hip rotators, outer thighs, and relieves tension in the lower back. Be sure to reverse sides.
4. Lotus Preparation
Lotus is the traditional seat for mediation. You can just sit comfortably in your desk chair, with your neck and spine straight and erect, to begin to calm your brain. Place your hands palms up, with the thumbs and first fingers touching. If practical in the office setting, practice crossing your legs to build up the Lotus position. This will help free your spine from the stress of sitting at your desk all day. Note: Lotus is a two-sided pose, so be sure to practice both leg crosses.
5. Restorative Pose
Before returning to work, give yourself a few minutes to relax. After all, in yoga, for every action, there is a reaction. This relaxing pose is so simple but very effective in reducing stress in your facial muscles and helping to prevent fatigue. Simply cross your arms and place them on the surface in front of you. Then rest your head on your crossed arms.
Looking for more yoga in your life? Join us at the Carson Tahoe Health & Wellness Institute where you can relax with classes designed specifically for women! Classes are $5 each or $40 for 10 classes. For more information and a class schedule call (775) 445-5168 or visit https://www.carsontahoe.com/calendar.html.
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