Article by Eve Sengkeo
Do you have an office job that requires you to sit at your desk all day? Maybe you are in meetings for hours at a time? Or have long commutes?
It goes without saying that sitting for long periods of time can lead to all sorts of physical discomforts and ailments. Some medical professionals have even said that sitting is the new smoking.
So let’s talk about three yoga poses to help counter the long periods of sitting.
The gentle stretching in Hatha and restorative yoga sequences can help to counter the tight hip joints and hunching we do at our computer.
As background, “Ha” refers to the sun and “Tha” refers to the moon.
Thus, the yoga sequences focus on aligning the spine. Overall, Hatha yoga movements are very helpful in counterbalancing the long periods of sitting as the poses stretch the hip flexors, open up the chest, and increase blood flow to various muscles of the body.
So whether you sit all day at home, the office, or in the car, try out the poses below.
These 3 Hatha yoga poses help you to counterbalance the long periods of inactivity:
1. Viparita Karani aka – Legs Up the Wall pose
Inversions such as placing your legs up against the wall, help to release pressure in the ankles and feet. I don’t know about you but if I’m sitting on a long flight, my feet and ankles swell up.
After sitting for hours, blood that has been flowing to the ankles and feet. Thus, placing your legs at an angle or directly parallel against the wall helps to alleviate the tension.
You can also use a block or blanket under the sacrum to lift the hips for added support.
2. Supta baddha konasana aka – reclining bound angle pose
Bringing the soles of the feet together with the knees bent and pointed outward will help to open up the hip flexors.
This restorative hip opener also helps to stretch the inner thighs.
If the hips are too tight, ease into the pose by placing a block on both sides of the knees to support the weight of the legs.
3. Ustrasana aka – camel pose
Whether or not you are sitting at the desk or behind a wheel, it’s easy to start hunching in front of the keyboard or wheel.
The same goes for those who text on their phones throughout the day. Camel pose helps to open up the chest and expand the lungs. This heart opener is also good for stretching the abdomen, thighs and back.
If you don’t have times to get to the yoga studio or gym, getting up from the desk to walk every so often will help with blood circulation too!