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Desk-Friendly Yoga Poses To Relieve Work Stress


Desk-Friendly Yoga Poses To Relieve Work Stress

22 Apr 2022
by Dhanya Parameswaran

It comes as no surprise that yoga is one of the most versatile forms of exercise to combat stress especially after a long and tiring day at work, but what happens when you need to cool off and release the tension midway through your work?

Well, we’ve done the research and compiled the best poses to aid in relieving work stress. The best part? We can cover up to 4 poses in less than 10 minutes of your hectic work life. Hence, without further ado, here are the list yoga poses to try at your desk to relieve work stress:

Shoulder Rolls

Start by sitting upright on your office chair, lift your right shoulder to your ear and gently roll around and behind your back dropping it down and away from your ear. Repeat by doing the same with your left shoulder continuing these rolls for at least 3 times, alternating between left and right. Then, lift both shoulders up to your ears and hold for one breath and release. Finally, simultaneously roll both shoulders 5 times and relax both shoulders.

Chest Opener Stretch

Sit up tall by the edge of your chair, hold both arms forward and interlock your fingers. Then, inhale deeply and smoothly as you draw your arms out and backwards over your head slowly. Take in a few deep breaths as you start to feel your chest and shoulders open out. Follow up by squeezing your shoulder blades together while breathing. Return both arms to the front and repeat 5 times.

Neck Stretch

Begin by sitting up straight at the edge of your chair again and hold your head directly over your spine, as if there is a string lifting the crown of your head up. Drop your right ear toward your right shoulder carefully while ensuring not to lift your right shoulder or turn your head. Then, take several deep breaths as you feel the stretch on the left side of your neck. Alternate this exercise to your left ear and shoulder for as long as 1 minute and release.

Trunk rotation

Start by placing your feet firmly on the ground while facing forward and twist your upper body in the direction of your arm that’s resting on the back of your chair. Hold this position for 20-30 seconds and repeat twice to release the tension in your back from long hours of remaining seated.