By #KimSin for http://www.mindbodygreen.com
Long days, a mountain of deadlines and hours of sitting or standing, can take your stress up to astronomical levels and send your body out of whack.
Fortunately, a quick yoga break at your desk can bust that stress and bring your inner calm back in a snap. We tend to store tension in the neck and shoulders, round in our posture and get tight in the hips, especially when we sit too much. This sequence will address your entire body’s tension and leave you feeling less stressed and better able to take on your workday and life.
As you move through these poses, remember to breathe deeply. When you inhale, breathe in calm and when you exhale, breathe out that stress. Enjoy!
Photos courtesy of the author
Stand with your feet hips width apart or sit at the front edge of your chair with your feet on the floor.
Extend your left arm outside your left hip and place on a flat surface like a desk. Alternatively you can keep your left arm engaged by your side.
Place your right hand on the left side of your head and fold your right ear toward the right shoulder.
Take five breaths and repeat on the other side.
Stand with your feet hips width apart. Inhale stretch your arms skyward and interlace your hands, but stretch your index fingers up.
On your exhale, stretch up and sideways to the right and hold for five breaths.
Come back up to center and repeat on the other side.
Modified Pigeon Pose In A Chair
Sit at the front edge of your chair with your feet on the floor. Cross your right ankle over your left knee.
Reach your arms up and inhale, then sit your butt back and stretch your arms forward. If you’re able, take your arms to the floor or to your desk.
Enjoy for five breaths then take the same pose on the other side with the left ankle over the right knee.
Forward Bend With Hands Interlaced
Stand with your feet hips width apart and knees slightly bent. Interlace your fingers behind your back.
On an exhale, fold forward from your hips and take your arms overhead while releasing your head. Breathe for ten breaths, release your arms and roll up with your knees bent.
About the Author
Kim teaches an approachable, deep style of Vinyasa that safely challenges the body and soothes the mind. She presents a strong attention to alignment in a modern, easeful way. A steady focus on breath, layered with alignment promotes an inner relaxation through body and mind connection. She studies extensively with her main teacher and mentor, Jason Crandell, and is influenced by her studies in the Iyengar and Ashtanga tradition. Kim has appeared on the cover of Yoga Journal Magazine in 2011 and 2012, and also serves as a Lululemon Ambassador. In Kim’s class, you will breathe deeply, laugh hysterically, and move rhythmically into stillness.