Yoga and the Office: Mind

Yoga has numerous physical benefits, and many poses can be transformed into seated stretches for the hips, shoulders, and back that you can easily do at work. In addition to releasing the tension that we accumulate in our bodies throughout the day, yoga can also relieve our minds of stress.

Being stressed can leave you in a bad mood long after you’ve left the office, and it’s also an exhaustive state of being. Whether it’s  a client insulting the quality of your work or an annoying colleague, these yoga poses will help you regroup, refocus, and not let the stress of the workplace eat you alive.

Anjali Mudra, or Salutation Seal, is one of the most recognizable yoga poses. It is primarily a meditative pose, but it also stretches the wrists. This is a seated version of the pose.

  1. Sit upright on the edge of your chair. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor and that your knees are bent at a right angle.
  2. As you inhale, slowly bring your hands together—palms touching and fingers pointed towards the ceiling—in front of your chest. Your thumbs should touch your sternum, but only gently.
  3. Press the hands together, making sure that neither hand pushes harder than the other.
  4. Move your elbows forward so they are in line with your wrists (this opens your chest).
  5. Close your eyes, and bow your head slightly.
  6. Hold this position for several minutes (if possible).

You’ll have to get out of your seat for Uttanasana, also known as Standing Forward Bend, but it’s certainly worth it. The pose stretches out your spine and hamstrings, while forcing you to let go of your body and your stress.

  1. Stand up straight. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed throughout your feet and that your feet are grounded into the floor.
  2. Place your hands on your hips. As you exhale, bend forward from your hip, keeping your back straight and lengthening your torso as you lower.
  3. If you can’t place your fingers or hands on the ground, bend your arms and clasp your elbows.
  4. Continue to breathe in this pose, drawing the torso closer to the legs with each exhalation.
  5. Hold this pose for 1 minute.
  6. Place hands on hips and with a straight, long torso, return to standing.

Image courtesy of Vogue Paris.

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Posted on Friday, August, 3, 2012, in Exercise and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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