Prior to launching my career in Health & Wellness in 2008, I worked in Entertainment PR for about 4 1/2 years. I sat at a desk each & everyday, sometimes for up to 15 hours! I was stressed, tight, stiff, anxious, & eating crappy foods which definitely affected my mood & my quality of work. Luckily I found yoga, but there were a lot of days when I couldn’t make it to a class on time. What I wouldn’t have done to have had a yoga instructor teach at my office on a regular basis! That’s why I LOVE having the opportunity to bring YOGA into the workplace. I’ve done it with several different companies & the results have been so gratifying. I’ve had the opportunity to work with individuals who would have NEVER attempted or even been exposed to yoga if it hadn’t have been offered by their employer. To see how important that short yoga class became each week to so many individuals made me realize that everyone stuck in an office needs to be stretching, breathing, unplugging, strengthening, and moving multiple times throughout their work day in order to feel & perform at an optimal level. So even though I only see my corporate clients once or twice a week for a full class, I make sure they know what stretches will feel best when they’ve been sitting too long or feel stiff or lethargic. Below are a few of my favorites!
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STANDING FORWARD FOLD: This is a very calming posture & is great for stretching the whole back side of your body – especially the hamstrings & low back. Option to interlace your fingers behind your low back & lift them overhead for a shoulder/chest stretch. Also, I sometimes like to interlace my fingers behind my neck & gently pull my head down for a cervical spine stretch. I suggest holding this stretch for 30-60 seconds…maybe even longer if you are extra stressed! 😉
SEATED TWIST: You can do this stretch without even getting up from your chair. I do it all the time when I’m at my computer or in my car. It’s a great way to stretch your spine, wring out your organs, & stimulate the digestive system. Remember on your inhales lengthen the torso up, exhales twist deeper. Hold for about 4-6 breaths on each side.
STANDING OR SEATED SIDE STRETCH: It’s important to stay lengthened through the sides of your waist to help with your posture. I notice this stretch always makes me feel more energized & allows me to breathe deeper! Hold the side stretch for about 30 seconds on each side & make sure to take long, deep breaths.
STANDING OR SEATED FIGURE FOUR: When we sit for extended periods of time, our hips become VERY tight. This particular stretch opens up the outer hip, particularly the piriformis muscle. If you are seated, fold over your leg until you feel the deepest stretch. Hold for 1-2 minutes on each side. If you are standing, hold onto your chair or edge of your desk & sit back as low as you can holding for 30-60 seconds. (The standing variation is a little more strength oriented, so it’s not held for quite as long.)
L-SHAPE STRETCH: My husband LOVES this stretch because it really opens up the spine all the way down the backs of the legs. The intensity of the stretch obviously depends on your flexibility, but everyone can benefit! Also, if a standing forward fold is a bit too intense for you, this one might be more comfortable. Hold for 1-2 minutes.
HIP FLEXOR STRETCH: This is one of my FAVORITE stretches because I am really tight in my hip flexors & psoas muscles. If you sit a lot, run, spin/bike, you’re a dancer, or stuck in traffic often, you most likely are too! There are a few options on how deep you want to go in this particular pose, mostly depending on your work clothes & work environment. 🙂 Hold the stretch for about 1-2 minutes on each side.