Office Yoga can improve your mobility, meaning it can help lengthen those tight muscles and tendons. We all know that sitting at an office desk for 8+ hours a day can cause you to get a sore lower back, stiff neck and tight hips and shoulders. The simple solution to help prevent this is introducing some office yoga meditation into your day with our handy introductory guide. Practicing yoga poses and sequences at your office desk will help minimise discomfort throughout the day, making it easier for you to focus on work. Instead of feeling fidgety with discomfort, try doing 5 minutes of yoga at your office desk for a mid-morning, midday, or mid-afternoon stretch that will leave you tension-free and energized. We highly recommend watching this video for 5 minutes of Yoga exercises you can to at your desk or in the staff canteeen: Top Yoga Tip from Cheryl MacDonald from YogaBellies ‘Try practising yoga in the office with our Top Yoga Tips; Take 10 minutes at the start of each day to focus only on your breathing. Close your eyes and focus on the cool inhale and the warm exhale. If any thoughts come into your mind, acknowledge them and then let them go. Yoga requires a few things that impact and reduce your stress level. The first stress-reducing component is breathing. Many yoga styles have a structured breathing protocol. When you focus on your breathing, it automatically lowers cortisol (a stress hormone) and it lowers your heart rate. This is a very important aspect of your mental and physical health and can be done at any time of day sitting at your desk.’ Here are 3 simple yoga poses you can do at your desk: Scale Pose Sit on the edge of your office chair and press your hands down on either side of your hips from this position raise your legs and bottom up off the seat. Engage your abdominal muscles by keeping them strong and the tops of your shoulders down. Hold this pose for 3 to 5 breath lower back down to your seat and repeat 2 times. High Alter Pose Sitting on your office chair inhale and lift your arms above your head. Clasp your hands and invert your palm. Lean to your left and hold for 5 to 8 breaths then repeat this on the opposite side. Ankle to Knee The third yoga pose involves place your left foot on your right knee, let the left knee drop open. Make sure your back is kept straight and you lean forward to stretch the muscles further. Hold this pose for 5 to 8 breaths then switch legs. Images from Top Yoga Tips from Cheryl MacDonald from YogaBellies ‘If you’ve been sitting at a desk all day… Yoga can improve your mobility, meaning it can help lengthen those tight muscles and tendons. It can give you a better range of motion so that when you move your body, you do it in the most efficient and effective way possible. Not only will you feel better, you’ll stop having those awful aches and pains. Top After Work Yoga Tip for Flexibility: Try hip opening postures such as Baddha Konasana (bound angle pose) or Eka Raja Kapoptasana (Pigeon pose) to open hip, pelvis and groin areas. These are easy and enjoyable postures which can be adapted for all levels.’ Office desks from Bluespot Furniture Visit Bluespot Furniture, and you’ll find a huge range of office desks available in different sizes, shapes and styles suitable for your business or home. Choose from up to 16 colour options such as contemporary woodgrain finishes, bright and vibrant colour and modern high gloss finishes. We’re confident that you’ll find a desk suitable for your office. All of our office desks are made in our own UK factory and manufactured to the highest standards. We hold FSC and ISO certificates – which is why we can also offer a 10-year guarantee on our desks. For furniture information on any of our products or services, call a friendly member of our experienced sales team on 0800 8044 760, or email firstname.lastname@example.org today.