Update: This story was previously published on Nov 21, 2015.
Are you sitting down? Okay, take a minute to assess: Are you slouching in your seat? Are your shoulders tight? Are you stressed out while racing to meet deadlines before the holidays? Here's a tip: Try some yoga at your desk.
We know, we know — jumping into downward-facing dog in the middle of the office sounds a little bit ridiculous. But you don't have to go full-on vinyasa to get some serious benefits. And over the past few years, there has been mounting scientific evidence to prove that yoga has a powerful, positive impact on your health. Studies have shown that yoga can aid the healing process
and can even help those suffering from chronic pain
, depression, and anxiety
We asked Jennifer Grims
, an instructor at Yogamaya
studio, and JOana Meneses, founder of Body Roots
, to come up with stretches and poses that pretty much anyone can do at work—without any special equipment— all while seated at a desk.
We repeat: You do not
have to be a yogi (or even get out of your chair) to do these moves and reap their benefits. These stretches can energize, de-stress, and help you achieve optimum Om in the office. They won't add up to a strenuous workout, so feel free to repeat 'em anytime you need a pick-me-up.