Easy Office Yoga Poses
If you’ve been working for several hours non stop or stuck in meetings all day, you need some office yoga in your life! Take a quick break to move through these easy poses to feel re-energized.
Stretch out the sides of your torso with this rejuvenating, yet simple pose. Stand with feet shoulder width apart, and inhale your arms straight up over head. Slowly bend from the waist, bringing one arm down to the side you’re leaning towards. Really stretch the remaining arm over and out, opening up that side. Take 3-5 breaths here then bring both arms back up as you inhale and switch sides.
This one may sound redundant for something to do at the office, but it’s actually very helpful in reversing the effects of chair sitting. Take your feet hips width apart and slowly bend your knees while pushing your hips back behind you, as if to it in a chair. Keeping your hips above parallel, raise your arms so your biceps are by your ears. Hold this pose for 3-5 deep breaths.
If your back and shoulders get tight throughout the day, this pose makes the perfect addition to a quick yoga session. Sit in a comfortable position with both feet planted on the floor (no dangling!). Inhale and lift your arms up high over your head, then on the way down twist your torso so that your right hand comes the outside of your left knee. Hold here for 3-5 breaths, then inhale your arms up again and switch sides.
We love this pose because it really opens up the hips – especially if you’ve been sitting for any length of time. Even walking at a treadmill desk can tighten up the muscles around the hips, so be sure to do this after you’re done. Sit tall on a chair or couch, feet planted on the floor. Bring your left foot to your right knee, making what looks like 3 sides of a square with your legs. This may feel really challenging on it’s own, so stay here and focus on breathing into the stretch. If you need more intensity, press down on the bent knee with your hand. Shoot for 30 seconds each side.