Yoga is relaxing. Plus, it helps stave off stress and anxiety, builds strength, improves cardiovascular health, and curbs low-back pain. Start your week moving with some yoga on Monday.
Adaptable to all fitness levels, anyone can do yoga. In a typical workday, it’s normal for tension to build up in your shoulders, neck, and back. Doing a few simple yoga moves can help relieve built-up tension. Chair yoga can reduce the strain and stress on your joints, can be done in the office or at home, and is highly adjustable for all the poses.
A few poses to get you started.
Sitting in a chair without wheels, align your feet with your knees, place your hands on your knees, and sit upright. Then, gently flex your belly and move it forward, naturally rocking your hips forward, without moving the position of your head. This yoga pose relieves lower back and sciatica pain.
Sitting in a chair without wheels, align your feet with your knees, place your hands on your knees and sit upright. Without moving your hips or shifting in the chair, curl your head forward until you’re looking down, then your shoulders, and finally round your back. Think of a cat making a big stretch after waking up from a nap. This pose strengthens the spine.
Sitting in a chair without wheels, bend over and place your right palm on the floor, outside your left foot. Extend your left arm up to the heavens. Turn your head to follow your left arm, to gaze at your left hand. Take a moment to feel the stretch, then do the opposite side. Place your left palm on the floor, outside your right foot. Extend your right arm up and follow it with your gaze to the right hand. This pose improves the flexibility of your spine.
Synchronizing the breath with the asana allows you to stretch for longer plus reap the benefits of breathing: relaxation, calmness, tranquility, and a slower heart rate. You can destress and keep moving at the same time.
If you like the poses, and want to do more, visit these other articles on our site for further instructions on chair yoga and bed yoga. Make Mondays about learning and attaining new goals so you can keep the good vibes flowing throughout the week.