Sitting at a desk for long periods of time can be terrible for your posture and can contribute to headaches and all sorts of other ailments. Yoga is a great remedy for this, but it’s not always possible to get away to a class during the day, so we thought we’d take a look at some yoga poses which can be done right from your desk, improving your posture, inner peace and relaxation, and productivity all at once.
If you do a lot of writing or typing, your fingers are probably one of the first places that you feel fatigued. Splay your fingers at full stretch for a count of five, then ball your hands tightly into fists for another count of five. Repeat ten times any time that your hands feel stiff or achy.
Roll your head gently from side to side, pausing once you reach your shoulder and stretch your neck out ever-so-gently. Never apply pressure with a hand or stretch further than is comfortable. This will help to release tension in the neck and help to prevent headaches caused by tightness in the neck muscles.
Sit in a relaxed position with your hands dowe n by your sides and shrug both shoulders up as high as you can manage. Release them gently without letting them drop as this can cause muscle pulls, and repeat ten times.
Okay, be prepared for your colleagues to give you odd looks when you try this one, but believe us, it’s worth it! We often find that, without even knowing it, we’ve been sitting at our desks frowning HARD. This can leave you with one heck of a face-ache after an 8 hour work day, so this move will really help. Open your mouth as wide as it will go, raise your eyebrows and widen your eyes – looking like you’re letting out an almighty scream. Hold it for five seconds before scrunching your face up for two seconds. Repeat 5 times to turn that frown upside down.
Ankle Raises and Rolls
Sitting at a desk can also play havoc with the circulation in your legs, especially if you’re unable to get up and walk around every so often. Sitting in your chair with your feet flat on the floor, raise your heels up so that your feet are in a ‘tip-toeing’ position and repeat ten times. Also, lift one foot at a time and rotate your foot at the ankle, first one way, then the other. Repeat this process a few times throughout the day for increased circulation in your legs.