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The popularity of yoga attests to the fact that many people are now realizing its many benefits, both physical and mental. Yoga is practiced in a variety of formats, or paths, the most well known being hatha yoga. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a guru or incredibly flexible to practice yoga. You can start today with these simple stretches that you can do at work that make a vast difference in your productivity and sense of well being.
These stretches take only a few moments, and most can be done while you’re still sitting at your desk or computer. If you have a chair with rollers on it, you may want to move to a chair that is more stable before you begin the stretches. You don’t want to slip and slide across your office floor while you’re doing a stretch! When doing yoga stretches, stretch only until you feel a comfortable stretching sensation. Don’t overdo it! Take it slow and easy, and the increased flexibility will come naturally over time.
If you have any health problems, always check with your doctor before starting a new physical activity.
Twists are beneficial for your neck, your upper back, your lower back, and for releasing overall tension.
Bends will refresh you and give you a burst of energy, by bringing blood flow to the head. They also relax and lengthen the back muscles.
Your eyes will let you know when they’ve had enough of you staring at a computer screen. When you are working, your eyes do not blink as often as they do normally, and so they tend to become dry. Also, when you work for long periods of time in front of a computer or desk, your eyes do not have the same range of movement as they do in other activities. This exercise will help to relieve eyestrain resulting from these situations.
Wrist and arm tension
If you suffer from tension in your hands and arms, this exercise will increase your flexibility while it is relaxing you.
When you use these stretches, they should make you feel more relaxed. At no time should you feel any pain or discomfort. Do the stretches to the point where you can feel it working, but not to the point where the stretch becomes uncomfortable. If you begin taking a regular break to do these exercises at your desk, you’ll feel an uplifting difference, beginning with the very first day!