Revitalize at Your Desk
To de-stress at your desk, practice this yoga sequence as a mini retreat from the mundane. Sit at the edge of your chair with your feet hip width apart. Extend the crown of your head toward the ceiling, and close your eyes.
1. Three Part Yogic Breath
Inhale deeply through your nose; bring your breath into your belly, ribs, and chest. Exhale through your nose; feel your breath release from your chest, ribs, and belly. Repeat at least ten times, and watch the tension fade away. This helps to calm your nervous system.
2. Seated Cat and Cow
Clasp the seat of your chair with your palms facing down. Inhale, lift your chest, draw your shoulder blades together, and take a slight back bend into cow pose. Exhale, bring your belly toward the back of the chair as you drop your shoulders forward into cat pose. Repeat five to ten times. Concentrate on coordinating each movement with the breath. This helps to relieve back tension and keeps your spine supple.
3. Chair Twists
Inhale, lengthen your head toward the ceiling. Exhale, twist to the right. Bring your left hand to the outside of your right leg. Place your right hand on the seat back. Allow your head to follow the twist as you gaze over your shoulder. Hold here for five to ten breaths. Inhale, return to center, and repeat on the other side. This helps to massage internal organs and detox your system.