4 Yoga Moves You Can Do at Your Desk
There are many reasons why I love yoga. There are the mental and physical health benefits as well as the amazingly comfortable (and adorable!) attire associated with it. But, one of my favorite things about yoga is the fact that you can do it ANYWHERE!
Making time to get to the gym is really hard for anyone. It is especially challenging for a working mom. So, I am going to share some of my favorite poses that you can do anywhere- even at the office!
All you need is 10-15 minutes, a quiet place in the office, and clothes you can move in!
Crescent Lunge: This move tones while your body while alleviating tension in your body. Perfect pose to do after a stressful meeting! Start on all fours (you can warm up with some cat/cow breaths if you’d like), then lunge your right foot forward. Slide your left knee back a bit on the mat, and shift your hips forward as you lift your arms up and arch your chest back. Keep your lower back long, your abdominals and pelvic floor engaged, and arch out of your upper back. Keep your shoulders soft as you reach long through your arms. Hold 5 to 8 breaths.
Camel: This is an awesome posture for lifting the chest and opening the shoulders. Start on your knees and place your hands on your lower back. Squeeze your shoulder blades together and raise your chest up to the ceiling. Stay here or reach back for your heels. Hold and breathe 5 breaths. Come up and repeat one more time.
Downward Facing Dog: Downward Dog is an awesome pose for many reasons. The inversion of this pose, increases blood flow to your head, which can make you feel more awake. Perfect for the afternoon slump many feel after lunch at your job. I especially find it helpful when I am stressed because it releases tension throughout my entire body. I can feel the tightness in my shoulders, back, jaw and neck when I initially go in the pose. Downward dog stretches out every part of my body and releases my mind. Start on all fours, tuck under your toes and lift your hips up and back. Press firmly in to your hands and try and transfer your weight back in to your legs. Engage your abdominals and stay and breathe for at least 8 to 10 breaths.
Janu Siasasana: One of my all time favorite poses is janu sirasasana also known as head to knee pose. Janu sirasasana releases the hips, hamstrings, lower back, shoulders and upper back. The kidney region gets a good stretch as well, helping us release stress and fear, which are emotions that are often associated with our stressful jobs. Our kidneys are shaped like our ears and the sound the ears like to hear most is the oceanic sound of the breath. When we hear that breath in this pose it allows us to let go, relax and get back to work more focused than we had been.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!