Office Yoga – Whilst Sitting at Your Office Desk
It may come as a shock to a lot of people, but there are certain exercises that you can do to help increase circulation whilst sitting on your desk chair or executive chair. This may prove harder for some that have an office chair with arms; however there are stretches that you can do.
Today we are so focused on having the right ergonomic chair or ergonomic desk that we fail to realise that if we really cared about our body, there are other ways to look after our bodies whilst working in the office. Below are some exercise tips to help with these problems:
Neck Rolls: Firstly drop your chin down so it touches your chest. Begin by slowly rolling neck to the left so your left ear touches your left shoulder, then roll your neck back and finally come back down so your right ear touches your right shoulder and then back to the starting position. It is important to do this exercise slowly and to switch the direction of the roll. Repeat this 5 times in each direction.
Cat-Cow Stretch: Make sure both feet are flat on the floor and that you are sitting as far back in your desk chair as possible. Put your hands onto your knees and on an inhale, arch your back and look towards the ceiling. On an exhale round your spine and look towards the ceiling. Repeat approximately 3 – 5 times.
Seated Forward Bend: The first thing to do is to make sure that you push your office chair quite far back from your office desk and that you are sitting towards the front of your swivel chair. With both feet flat on the floor intertwine your fingers behind your back and straighten your arms. Fold your waist, bring your hands over your back and rest your chest on your thighs whilst releasing your neck.
Seated Spinal Twist: This exercise works best when you are sitting in a swivel office chair. Sit sideways in your chair and make sure that your feet are flat on the floor. Twist the front of your body so that it is facing the back of your chair and hold the back with both hands. Twist the chair and repeat on the other side.
There are pictures and a video below that show other yoga techniques that you can do in your office.