Invigorate Your Work Day with Desk Yoga

Do you spend all day sitting at a desk in an office? Yeah, we do, too. Lately, we’ve been intrigued by the desk yoga trend that has been sweeping our Instagram feeds and decided to give it a try.

If you think about it, desk yoga is a pretty easy way to take a quick screen break. You don’t have to change clothes, leave your workspace or invest much time at all. For us, the five minutes we spent focusing on our breathing and intentionally stretching made a big difference. We felt a little energized, more relaxed and much less tense.

Want to give it a try? Here are some of our favorite poses:

  1. Chest Opener

Stand with your feet hip width apart and lace your fingers together behind your back. Inhale. Exhale and raise your gaze to the ceiling. Push your hands down and away from your body. Hold the pose (remembering to breathe) for ten breaths.

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  1. Twist

Sit with your back straight and abs engaged. Twist your right shoulder to the right, using your right hand on the back of the chair to deepen the twist. Make sure to keep your knees pointed forward. Hold for ten breaths, then switch sides.

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  1. Forward Fold

Sit all the way back in your chair with feet flat on the floor and shoulder width apart. Fold your upper body over your legs as far as you can. Hold for ten breathes, relaxing deeper into the stretch with each breath.

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  1. Hip Opener

Sit with your feet flat on the floor, about hip width apart. Cross your right ankle over your left knee and let your right knee fall open. Inhale and exhale slowly. Keeping your back straight, lean forward slightly to deepen the stretch. Hold for nine more breaths, then switch legs.

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  1. Arm Stretch

Scoot forward in your chair and sit straight with your core engaged. Reach your right hand over your shoulder to your back, then bring your left hand up to meet it. Clasp your hands and breathe. Hold for ten breaths, then move to the other side.

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That’s it! You didn’t even have to find time to put on workout clothes or drive to the gym (although we do recommend getting up from your desk from time to time!). Do you have other favorite poses or variations of the ones above? Share with us in the comments below!

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