The other day I came across the cutest picture of a bunny doing yoga – yes, a bunny doing yoga! Inspired by the cuteness that is a bunny doing yoga, I wanted to write a short post about the benefits of yoga, and why it is important for us to be more active on a daily basis.
In our previous post sitting is the new smoking I spoke about how more of us are becoming less and less active – a huge problem! For this reason, I believe it is important to know more about what we can do to stay active, especially when you’re at the office – which is most of the time.
Sneak in some yoga
Yoga can be a great way to relax, get in tune with yourself and even lose weight. Unfortunately, because most of us sit behind a desk all day every day, and a yoga class during lunch hour isn’t always achievable. Thankfully, there are some yoga moves you can do at your desk. Yay.
We all know a healthy body encourages a healthy mind and when you feel good you perform better – and who doesn’t want that? Try some of the below easy-peasy poses for a mental breather and increase productivity while you’re at it…
Sit at the edge of your chair, press your hands down on either side of your hips and raise your legs and butt up off the seat. Engage your deep abdominal muscles and keep the tops of your shoulders down; hold for 3 to 5 breaths. Lower and repeat 2 more times.
High Altar Pose
Inhale and lift your arms; clasp your hands and invert your palms. Lean to your left. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then switch sides.
Turn to your left. Use your left hand on the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths, then twist to the other side.
Cow Face Arms
Bring your left arm behind your back and right arm behind your head. Clasp fingers if you can. Hold for 5 to 8 breaths; switch sides.
Ankle to Knee
Place your left foot on your right knee, letting left knee drop open. Keep your back straight; lean forward to stretch deeper. After 5 to 8 breaths, switch sides.
Your body will thank you!
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