5 Yoga Moves to Help De-stress at Work
We all feel this way sometimes; when a task or project becomes overwhelming, it may negatively affect our mood and work spirit. Health experts say when that feeling arises, the best bet is to take a break from the job and relax. Sitting away from your computer desk may help relieve some of the tension and gives your tired eyes a break. We also recommend exercise to get your blood pumping and body moving. Yoga is a great to turn to when we prefer exercise that is stress-relieving and effective. The simple stretching can be done easily in the workplace. Here are 5 awesome yoga moves to help de-stress at work!
- Child’s Pose – The Child’s Pose is commonly used in a yoga routine to rest the body after performing more complicated moves. This move helps relieve tension from the back and quiets the mind into deeper stretching. This is your base pose and you may always refer back to this move after every stretch.
How to: Start by sitting on your knees with your big toes slightly touching each other. Slowly raise your hands over your head and bring it down to the ground, your head, torso, and stomach falling in line. Your hands and head should be resting slightly against your yoga mat. Breathe in/out slowly and relax as your back is now resting on your thighs.
- Seal Pose – The Seal Pose allows you to open your heart with some more back stretches. The arching of the back also strengthens your core. Avoid this move if you have backs or stomach cramps as this may increase pain.
How to: Start the Seal Pose by lying down on your stomach with toes pointed facing outwards. Slowly stretch out your arms, pulling your body up and lifting your hips. Slightly arch your back to relieve tension in your spinal cord and arms. There is no need to use pressure because you don’t want to strain your back. If this move is a little difficult to achieve, revert back to Child’s Pose to help your back rest.
- Wall Pose – The Wall Pose is also referred to as Legs Up the Wall Pose as the posture is very simple and relaxing. This move releases build-up tension from your leg muscles as your feet are literally off the ground. The pose also slightly inverses your system and improves blood flow to your head and brain.
How to: Lie on your back with your sit-bones close to a wall. Extend your legs up against the wall to rest. For extra therapy, try adding support cushions to arch your hips. Keep arms stretch out and hold this pose.
- Tree Pose – The Tree Pose is a balancing move to build focus and confidence. This move strengths the feet’s ligaments and tones your leg. A stressful day often calls for the need to re-balance one’s priorities and performing this pose may help clear your mind.
How to: Stand facing forward and find something to focus on. This helps you keep your balance as your attention will be set about the focus point. Depending on your preference, your arms can be raised over your head in a clasp or over your heart. The clasping technique allows you to reach your core and begin balancing. Next, raise your left foot and rest it on your inner right thigh. Hold the pose before repeating the move with your right foot.
- Eagle Pose – The Eagle Pose is a strength move that reaches your shoulders, upper back, and hips. The balancing pose allows your mind to focus on your body, therefore reducing tension.
How to: Stand facing forward and find a focus point. Similar to the Tree Pose, the point helps ward off unnecessary thoughts and increases your focus. With knees bent slightly, stretch out both your arms in a 90 degree angle and intertwine them. This next part is a little tougher, as you raise your left foot and curve it around your right leg. Hold the pose and remember to breathe. Complete this pose a second time by reversing arms and foot.
These awesome moves are quick and guarantee to leave you feeling better! Get back to work with renewed energy. Have you ever tried yoga in the workplace? Leave a comment and let us know what your Go-To moves are!