Having more energy can improve your performance at work, increase self-esteem, alleviate stress and anxiety and help you think like a champion. You don’t need energy drinks or coffee - just practicing some simple poses and stretches at your desk can really shift your body and mind into another gear.
It’s no secret that sitting at a desk all day is not good for our health. So instead of feeling fidgety with discomfort or pained with hunching on the subway, find some stillness and try these five yoga poses for a mid afternoon feel good stretch that will leave you tension-free and energised. Your co-workers won’t even notice. And if they do, they’ll see what a good thing you’ve got going.
1) Seated Backbend
Sit with a straight back facing forward and breath deeply, reaching up to the ceiling with your arms wide. As you breath out, let your gaze soften and bend a little from your upper back and chest. Hold and release arms to your sides, then repeat three times.
2) Twisted chair
Sit with spine straight. Breath in and exhale, twisting to one side from the bottom of your spine (more from your abdomen, less from your back) gripping your chair’s arms. Stay here inhaling and exhaling for a few breaths, then repeat. Kill that hunch!
3) Edge of your seat
Sit at the edge, press your hands down on either side of your hips and raise your legs and rear up off the seat. Engage your abs and keep the tops of your shoulders down; hold for 5 breaths. Lower and repeat twice.
4) The acrobat
Bring your left arm behind your back and right arm behind your head. Clasp fingers and hold for ten breaths before switching sides.
5) Foot to foot
Place your right foot on your left knee, letting right knee drop open. Keep your back straight; lean forward to stretch deeper. After ten breaths, switch and repeat.