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Performing Yoga Exercises At Work
Yoga at Workplace
Are you feeling overstressed lately? Do you feel like your head is going to burst any time due to so much work? Well, yoga exercises in the workplace may just be the answer to your prayers. You might think that it is quite difficult to perform yoga during work but truth is, there are simple yoga exercises that you can perform in minutes. Some are so simple that even the person sitting in the cubicle next to you wouldn’t know that you are already having a yoga session right in front of your computer.
Sedentary Lifestyle – The Path to a Shorter Life
If you want to shorten your life span, you just have to live sedentary life. Do not exercise, eat lots of junk foods and be a couch potato. Those are surefire ways to shorten your life. However, if you want to live long enough to see your grandchildren, you have to make sure that you don’t live a sedentary lifestyle. You have to exercise, maintain a healthy diet and be active not only physically but mentally and spiritually as well.
Not having enough exercise will make your waistline expand because your body fats will not be burned. You will also be prone to suffer from high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels.
You can still maintain a healthy body weight even while you are working by practicing yoga in the work place. Even if you are just sitting in front of your computer for the whole day, 20 minutes of yoga can actually compensate for the lack of exercise in your lifestyle.
Yoga for the Office - Part 1
Simple Breathing Techniques and Stretching Exercises
The following steps can be considered as a “warm-up” for the main yoga exercises. These steps will prepare you for a more serious (yet still simple) yoga routine that you can easily perform even while you are in the office.
The first thing you have to do is to sit comfortably on your chair. Close your eyes and imagine a calming scene in your mind (moonlight walks, calm rivers, quiet sunset, etc). Try to keep your head straight while inhaling and exhaling slowly. Try to hold your breath before you exhale.
The Rewards You Get From Yoga
Yoga heals not only the body but also the mind and soul. It relaxes your being as a whole, not like any medicine that can only heal specific parts of your body. Yoga has been believed to be an effective exercise to cure physical, mental and emotional sicknesses throughout the centuries.
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Massaging Your Soul
Going to the spa and massage parlors will definitely heal your body aches and muscle pains. But what about your battered mind and haggard soul? How can you heal and rejuvenate it? Well, there’s no need for you to worry because yoga can do wonders not only for your body but for your mind and soul as well.
Yoga can “massage” the internal organs, detoxify your body and rejuvenate your soul. When you practice yoga, can expect that you can cope up with stress better than those who do not practice yoga. Yoga can stimulate the muscles in your body without you having to resort to strenuous exercises.
Toning Your Muscles
Health buffs and figure-conscious people can also get great benefits from yoga because it is a great muscle toner. Yoga exercises not only massages the muscles but it also facilitates gentle yet effective stretching enhancing the circulation in your body.
Practicing yoga in the workplace can do wonders for your skin. Yoga detoxifies your body by removing toxins through sweating. Regular, healthy sweating can keep lots of infections and diseases from invading your immune system.
Other Benefits of Yoga
You might be amazed to know that yoga can make wounds heal faster, boosts stamina, delays aging, dodges disability, improves digestion, rejuvenates skin, and enhances breathing. It also makes you sleep better at night, a good thing for people who are suffering from sleep problems like insomnia.
Yoga for the Office - Part 1
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How to Do Office Yoga : Thigh Stretch Exercise for Office Yoga
Yoga Exercises You Can Perform in the Workplace
There are several yoga exercises that you can perform in the workplace and the following are just few of them. It is highly encouraged to practice yoga even in the workplace because it will not only alleviate your stress but it can also do great wonders for your body.
Upper Body Stretches
Sit firmly on the edge of a chair and straighten your arms while allowing your upper body to pull you forward. Stretch your shoulders, upper back and chest. Repeat this routine three times.
Shoulder and Back Stretch
Sit with your hands clasped behind your heads. Pull your elbows as far as you can and try to hold that position for a few seconds. Release and then repeat the routine three times.
While sitting down, raise your right leg while flexing your foot. Move your leg slowly, bring it to the center and then slowly bring it down. Relax your neck and hands with your shoulders straight. Hold this pose for about 10-15 seconds and release. Repeat the process but this time, use your left leg.
You may experience back pains especially if your are just seated in front of your computer for the whole day. To ease your back pains, sit straight with both of your feet flat on the floor. Make sure that your spine is erect. Bring your hands towards your chin and try to put your gaze in front of your nose. Inhale and exhale slowly. Repeat this routine three to five times.
The abovementioned exercises are just some of the numerous yoga exercises in the workplace that you can perform. The exercises are very brief and uncomplicated, very perfect for people who are working. If you want to stay healthy and feel relaxed even under stressful environments, yoga is indeed the solution to your problems. The yoga exercises that you can perform in the workplace are so simple; you don’t even need a yoga mat to perform them. All you need is your chair, a few minutes to yourself and voila – instant yoga relief for you.