Mar. 13, 2015 Rachel Brathen
Like most people, I spend lots of time sitting in front of a computer. How do you like my office? I don’t think I’ve ever taken pictures in it before! Our walls are green, the corners are full of surfboards and at the end of the room there is a huge, fluffy couch for puppy-snuggles. I actually love this room but sometimes I get stuck answering emails and planning our travels for hours on end. I’m usually alone or with my husband in this office so I can bust out my yoga mat whenever I want, but not everyone is lucky enough to have a home office and I know how tight our bodies tend to get in front of the computer. Solution? Yoga. In your office. I’ve created the perfect yoga sequence below for a long day at the office – try out in front of your computer, wherever you are!
We all know that sitting down for long stretches of time can wreck havoc on our health (sitting too much has been related to both high blood pressure and obesity), but if you lead an overall healthy lifestyle your main problem could be the fact that too much typing on the computer gives us tight upper backs, necks and shoulders. I try to change things up as much as I can when I’m working to give my body a break – luckily I have six dogs in the house right now (i know – six!) that remind me to go for regular walks. Posture is super important when you’re doing office work, and to keep my body soft and happy throughout a work day I always make sure to pause for some office yoga. Yes: office yoga! There are stretches and poses you can do sitting in your office chair, no yoga mat or stretchy pants required, to help both your mind and body feel good throughout the day. This sequence below is designed to create space in the neck, shoulders, hips and hamstrings- all without breaking a sweat! You can do these exercises in your office clothes, but take off your high heals if you can and any tight jacket that might decrease your range of motion.
Read more to see the office yoga positions.