To move or not to move… simple yoga poses in your chair

To move or not to move… simple yoga poses in your chair


– Hi. I wanted to come on and
give you a tip for Tuesday. So here is something that can be useful for a lot of us who are stuck in a job where we’re sitting a lot. So we sit at our desks for eight hours, and then we get in our cars
and we sit for another, an hour, 30 minutes to an hour, and then we come home and we sit again. So this is a great exercise. It takes all of five minutes. Actually, it takes however
long you wanna make it, but it’s a really good
way to break up your day. And if you can’t get around,
if you can’t go outside, (clears throat) excuse me, if you can’t go outside
during your lunchtime to move and you’re kind stuck at your
desk, deadline is looming, you could always do these simple moves to get your blood going and just to bring your body
back to a relaxed state. And it always feels good
to do some stretches. So I’m gonna put the phone down and I am going to show you
some very, very simple moves that you can do at your desk,
in your car, wherever you are. And see, I’m still in my work attire. I’m doing this during my
lunch break, actually. So what you’re gonna do is bring your heads together at heart center and close your eyes, and this is a great time
to set your intention for the next five minutes or however long you have for your lunch. And just tune into your breath. I talked about breathing in my other video to bring down your body
to its most relaxed state. So you’re gonna close your eyes. If you have essential oils
on hand, which I always do, but if you don’t, that’s okay, so you can rub some
essential oils on your hands, breathe in through your nose, and just set your intention that, just set your intention of being grateful for the time that you have
to be able to do these moves, grateful for the job that you have, and just breathe and be
present in your mind. So whatever you feel is
calling to you at that moment, you will breathe in
through your nose deeply and exhale (exhales) deeply through your mouth. And you’ll do that about three times. And then you’re gonna sweep
your arms up and around. I hope you guys can see me. You’re gonna sweep your arms up and, you’re gonna sweep your
arms around and up, and it just feels really good to have that side stretch here. And you wanna make sure that your back isn’t swaying forward, that you’re not sticking out
your chest too much here, that your stomach is kinda pulling in, and just create that length. Just create that length through the sides and feel how nice it feels
to stretch up to the sky, and you could even do
this, one arm at a time, just reach up, and then
come back to stillness. And then you can bring
your arms out to the side and you’re gonna fold forward. You’re gonna bend and fold
forward all the way down so your chest is now
actually meeting your thighs. Your arms can come down to the floor. If not, that’s fine. If you have other limitations, maybe this is as far as you
go, and that’s perfectly fine. So you’ll stay here, and
then you’ll come up slightly to maybe a 45 degrees, 45 degree angle, and you’re gonna shine your
heart forward slightly. Keep breathing through
your nose, and exhale, folding forward as far down as you can. Again, your chest can be
on your thighs or not. And then, again, inhale. Sweep your arms up and exhale back down. I’m gonna try that one more time. Inhale. Sweep your arms up, reaching for the sky. Reach up and feel the
stretch in the sides. Exhale, arms out to a T, folding forward as far down as you can. Maybe your hands touch the
floor and maybe it doesn’t. Inhale. You come up slightly. Heart is shining forward. Exhale. Come all the way down. Inhale. Sweep your arms out and up again. And exhale, hands back to heart center. And another pose that, I’m
gonna give you another tip, you can reach back. Now, if you’re sitting in a
chair that has the back rest, you could bring your arm resting
on the back of your chair. If not, you could bring
it down by the side. And just twist and look
over your right shoulder. And then reach and twist
over your left shoulder. And it feels nice to twist our
sides and stretch our sides. So you’re just gonna
do that a couple times. And then you could do
the full sequence again, starting from here. So I hope that helped. I hope that gets you moving. And come back on Sunday, and you’ll get to see what
it looks like standing up.