Working life can be exhausting for anybody. Another day means of course another dollar, but it also means another source of stress, stiffed neck and shoulders, back pain and bad moods. Yoga can tame all of negatives caused by demanding job and urban life.
Urban life anywhere, including in Canada can be highly demanding and stressful. Meetings and managers keep many of us in constant alert, add being enslaved by technology and then after hours hangouts, we can easily have stress overload.
Exercise can be a positive outlet for those living with stressful day to day activity, but when 24 hours is too short to complete your errands, finding time to exercise properly will be as challenging as finding a needle in a hay stack.
Finding time may be difficult but not impossible. If you can offer yourself a few minutes of your waking hours, consider doing Yoga inspired pose and gestures with minimum time and space requirement even in your cubical. Yoga, a millennium old Indian exercise not only able tune your overworked, under-appreciated muscles, joints and body posture, it also a good way to beat that office blues.
Certified Yoga instructors or specialized NDs in most Canadian cities including in Mississauga, Burnaby and Victoria are not only able to give you insights about the benefits of small relaxation exercises in the office, they also can help you decide which pose (asana in Sanskrit) most effective for you.
Sit right, breathe right
First of all, try to relax your upper body and sit upright on your chair. Remember how mom used to tell us not to slouch? Well, moms do know what’s best. Sitting upright makes our spine properly aligned and stable, therefore make our body feel ready to do what we need it to do next. Then inhale deeply and exhale slowly, repeat the breathing two more times or until you feel that your body’s relaxing.
Stretch your neck
Rest your hands on your waist, slowly lower your chin down and feel that the back of your neck starts relaxing. Hold your position while taking three deep breaths. Remember that it’s important to sit upright..
Return to the neutral position and lower your left ear and your left shoulder. Again, take three deep breaths. And then do the same gesture with your right ear and shoulder. Finish with slowly rotating your neck as far as you could towards the right then the left.
Relaxing your wrists
This exercise is great for those who are glued to their mouse all day long.
Hold your right hand up as if you’re saying ‘stop’; with the help of your left hand’s finger to pull back your right hand gently, stretching your right wrist. Keep your shoulders relax and take several deep breaths. After that, slowly move your right hand down, so the fingers point downwards. Continue to keep your shoulders relax while taking slow deep breaths. Do the same two stretches on your left hand.
We often don’t realized how long we’ve been slouching in front of the computer. To remove the fatigue off your back, start by sitting upright on the edge of your chair with the left side of your body rests on the back of the chair. Make sure that you maintain your knees and feet together before placing your hand on the back of the chair with your elbows extend outward. Take a slow, deep breath while keeping your back straight, and then twist toward the back of the chair gently from the bottom of your chair; using your left hand, push the back side of the chair while having your right hand pulling the back side of the chair. Inhale deep and exhale slowly, then switch side.
Incorporating office Yoga on your daily routine can help you go through the day with more positive mind, mood while continuously having a good energy level. Happy practicing!
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