THE FOUR BEST YOGA STRETCHES TO DO WHEN SITTING

THE FOUR BEST YOGA STRETCHES TO DO WHEN SITTING

Sitting all day can wreak havoc on your body. That’s why I always say, move it or lose it. If you have a desk job, try to get up every hour and walk around for a few minutes.

If that’s not an option, believe it or not, there are many stretches you can do while sitting right in your chair. Here are the four best yoga stretches to do when sitting.

1. SEATED FORWARD FOLD

With your feet flat on the floor and your back against the chair, take a deep breath in. As you exhale, hinge at your hips as you bring your body forward to rest on your thighs.

Relax your upper body, allowing your head to drop down, looking back at your legs, arms dangling, or holding onto your elbows.

Breathe as you come back up, placing your hands on the chair for support if needed.

2. SEATED CAT COW

With your feet flat on the floor, sit with your back against the back of your chair. Extend your arms out in line with your shoulders.

Take a deep breath in. As you exhale, bring your arms forward as if wrapping them around a giant beach ball. Arch your back and drop your chin to your chest.

Then as you inhale, release your arms, bringing them up to come behind your head. Arch your back slightly, bringing your chest forward. Do eight of these slowly.

3. SIDE BENDS

With your right arm by your side or holding onto your chair, inhale, bringing your left arm up.

Exhale as your reach your arm over to the right. Keep both sitting bones on the chair.

Repeat the same thing on your other side.

4. SEATED TWIST

With feet flat on the floor and back against your chair, take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, twist to the right.

Bring your left hand to rest on your right thigh and your right arm over the back of the chair (if able). Take five breaths.

Take another inhale, and as you exhale, unwind yourself back to centre. Repeat to the left.

While not as good as a full yoga class, doing these yoga stretches daily will help you feel better after a long day of sitting or computer work.

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In 2015/16, after 2 MRI’s on my spine, months of being flat on my back due to pain (which can be so exhausting in itself), and a fear of working out because it might make the pain re-occur…I discovered YOGA! Move it or lose it! Balance, flexibility and strength…yoga is a package deal!My mom passed away in 2016 after falling 3 times breaking bones each time. We are not sure if the first time, the bone broke then she fell or she fell and the bone broke. Either way, I don’t want that to be me or you! We need to have strong bones and balance to handle any trips/slip ups life throws at us. We only get to live this life once and we only get one body to live it in… so treat it well!To date I am YT-200 (working on my 500) certified in Restorative, YIN, Nidra, Bonefit trained with Osteoporosis Canada and a Reike Practioner. The learning continues…

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