Office Yoga Stretches for Quick Energy

Share this post

Feeling restless at your desk? Thinking of chocolate or something sweet to pep you up? Try these simple yoga stretches for a burst of energy. Practice them as often as you like.

Chest Opener – Sit up straight near the front edge of your chair. Place your arms behind you with your hands on the backrest of the chair. Interlace your fingers and clasp hands. Slowly straighten your arms while rolling your shoulders back and lifting your chest up. Keep your ribs in rather than poking them forward. Now see if you can raise your interlocked hands up towards the ceiling while lifting your chest. Repeat with hands clasped the other way. Don’t forget to keep breathing normally. This pose increases lung capacity and relieves neck and shoulder tension. See this YouTube video.

Modified Downward Dog – Place hands shoulder-width apart on your desk and step back until your ankles are slightly farther back than your hips. Keep your arms poker straight and firm your legs until you are not bending your knees. Press your heels firmly down and lift your buttock bones straight up. Draw your hips back away from the desk and move your shoulder blades towards your buttocks. To come out of the posture step forward. This pose relieves physical and mental fatigue, and helps relieve lower back stiffness.

Modified Camel Backbend – Stand close to your desk but facing away from it. Bend your knees and place your palms on the desk shoulder-width apart. Take a step away from the desk. Now roll your shoulders back as you straighten your legs. Lift your center chest up towards the ceiling. Lastly turn your head to look up. To come out bend your knees and elbows and step back towards the desk. This pose is excellent for energy, and also relieves tension in the wrists and upper back.

Once you are familiar with the routine you can practice it in three minutes, or less time than the average trip to the water cooler. Do drink some of that water to keep yourself hydrated. And when you return to work try to keep your chest lifted and your shoulders rolled back to keep tension and fatigue at bay for the rest of the day, or at least until your next yoga break!

 

Rebecca Taggart is a San Francisco yoga instructor

 

Subscribe to the WEEKLY BITE

* indicates required

 

Recent WorkLife articles:

Best onboarding practices
May 21, 2019
Quick, easy steps to spruce up your office space
May 14, 2019
Reduce plastic use with these earth-friendly alternatives
April 22, 2019
How fostering psychological safety increases performance
April 8, 2019
Does your company’s anti-harassment training measure up?
April 2, 2019
How to keep workplace leftovers out of the garbage
March 28, 2019
Tidying your workspace can bring a fresh perspective
March 7, 2019
A Buddhist take on cubicle culture
February 19, 2019
Know the risks when sparks fly at the workplace
February 12, 2019
The benefits of employee wellness programs
February 6, 2019

More recent articles:

Grilled portobello recipe
May 9, 2019
How to prepare physically and mentally for race day
May 9, 2019
Three simple ways to enjoy watermelon radishes
May 2, 2019
Beehives, swales, and vermicomposting, oh my!
April 29, 2019
Easy spring salad recipe
April 25, 2019
Food:
History of the tomato
April 18, 2019
Spring fruit varieties and how to enjoy them
April 16, 2019
How to make sure you’re getting enough iron in your diet
April 11, 2019
Food:
How to prepare Ataulfo mango
April 4, 2019
Three steps to help you train for your half marathon
March 26, 2019

About Us

Our online magazine offers a taste of workplace culture, trends, and healthy living. It features recipes for easy, delicious work meals and tips on quick office workouts. It's also an opportunity to learn about our GoodWorks program, which helps those in need in our communities and supports small, sustainable farms.