How Office Yoga Techniques Can Benefit You at the Workplace
By Baolin Liu
There are plenty of breathing techniques, stretches, and postures that you can benefit and apply them to the workplace. The office yoga techniques are great to prevent headaches, neck pains, backaches, wrist problems, and blurry thinking caused by long hours in front of a computer. Office yoga helps to prep our bodies to withstand the inevitable tightness and misalignment caused by the office lifestyle. These are user friendly stretches, with the powers of yoga with no downside, in normal business attire.
You don't need an hour to relieve office stress
You don't need to run to the gym in the middle of the day
You don't even need to leave your desk or roll out a yoga mat.
We can have corrections done to us massage therapists or chiropractors, but it's nice to know some techniques so you can fix themselves sometimes on the spot or catch a misalignment before it has a chance to cause you long term harm.
Before get started, I should note that you should watch your breathing while you do your stretches. That way, you can extend your stretch farther than you thought possible. A lack of oxygen reduces your physical strength, concentration, memory, and blurs emotional balance.
When you are doing these moves, you should watch and listen to your body, if you feel and sense pain, you should ease up on yourself. Also, whatever you do you should you should not slouch. Slouching twists your neck, cuts off the blood flow to the brain-slowing down the thinking process.
Lastly, I suggest you do not push past old injuries. There may be people who teach that you should, but pushing to hard past it may reopen old wounds.
So let us get into some exercises:
1. The Hump:
The exercise reduces the protrusion where the neck meets the upper back. Slouched all day, it's nice to go the opposite way to counteract it.
-join your hands behind your back
-pull hands away and lift it up a little bit
-lift and open up your chest, doing so lengthens the spine since it can be compressed from sitting down too long
-breathe deeply when you are doing this and improve your range of motion
2. The Swan Stretch:
The pose can help you stop tension and headaches by getting more blood and oxygen to your head
Here's what you do:
-put right arm behind back
-palms flat against chair
-have your left hand cover your ear
-tilt head to the left to a comfortable point and hold it there for about 30 seconds
-watch your breathing, making sure you are breathing deeply, getting all the oxygen you need into your lungs
3. Bow and Arrow:
The move will help you eliminate headaches and fuzzy thinking caused by poor circulation. It also improves hand/eye coordination.
All you have to do is focus and pretend you are firing a bow and arrow. Picture yourself aiming at a target and you want to hit that bull's eye, breath deeply, and release.
4. The Thumbs Down:
Relax and relieve some upper body tension, stiffness, and pain by doing this move.
Your upper body muscles normally rotate forward when you sit for too long.
To fix this:
-have your elbows at shoulder height
-your palms facing each other
-spread your arms shoulder width apart and then have your thumbs pointing back
-you should feel the muscles in your chest shoulders expanding and stretching out from cramped position
5. Thyroid Stretch:
Stretching out your thyroid glands will help balance your nervous system, improve your memory, and simply stretch the back of your neck out.
To do so:
-interlace your fingers
-Lower your chin
-squeeze your elbows in tight
-pull down slowly and gently to until you feel a stretch
-afterwards, push your head back and look towards the ceiling
6. The Bodily Twist:
Increase your range of motion in your core, strengthen your center and tighten up your stomach with this move.
-cross your legs and turn the opposite direction to leg you used, if your have your right leg over your left, turn to the left and vice versa to give yourself that stretch you need to work out your mid-section
7. The Stretch to the Sky:
The sky stretch improves lung capacity improves digestion. Your spine can compress from sitting, to this exercise stretches it out. As an added perk, it narrows your waistline
To do this you:
-Interlace fingers with palms up
-Lengthen your neck
-Lift your chest
-Soften your gaze
Feel your lungs getting more air and your spine being stretched out
Make sure you get deep breaths in, filling up your lungs with enough oxygen
8. Frog Legs:
Increase your flexibility with this pose and release the tension built up in your body from long hours at the computer. Also, this pose oxygenates the brain.
Here is how you do it:
- from a sitting position, your knees are at hip width
-slide hands to insteps, as if you are tying your left shoe, reach for that left foot and have your nose touch your knee
-hold that position, this is a great move to lengthen your back
-raise your head slowly and take deep breathes
9. Copy Machine Squats
While you are waiting for the copy machine to make copies and do its job, you can use it and get a few squats in, depending on how many copies you are making. This will strengthen and increase your flexibility in your hips/legs/feet. Energize your lower body with increasing overall well-being, and endurance.
Here is how you do it:
-keep your feet are hip-width apart
Squat and spread your toes
Stand and lift your heals
You can actually use anything to support yourself, the most obvious was a copy machine.
Take it easy when you first try out these moves and progressively get better and better at it.
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