9 to 5 Yoga Poses ~ Work Wellness Part 1

With the economy the way it is your desk job may be the best part of your day but not on your body. From back pain to neck stiffness, sitting in one position for too long definitely has a huge effect on your blood and oxygen circulation. Before you step into that medicine cabinet of pain killers try some of these awesome yoga poses (courtesy of Women’s Health Magazine) on the job and watch how a simple wellness approach can fix a lifetime of aches and pains. This blog will be split up into two parts to allow you to give each part of your body the attention it needs to end your week off with a OMG BANG! Part 1 of this blog will focus on wrists & hands along with your neck & shoulders.

~OMG MOMENT: (Wrists & Hands) Typing is a major issue for all us now whether it’s on the phone, computer or just looking at new apps on your iPad. We hold our hands in a repetitive position, so our blood circulation becomes poor; muscles become stiff.

~Yoga Position#1:  Sitting at your desk with your feet flat on the floor, hip-width apart, lengthen up through the crown of your head and let your shoulders gently drop away from your ears. Bring your hands together on your lap, interlacing your fingers. As you take a deep breath in, reach your arms out in front of you and press your palms away. As you exhale, raise your arms overhead and try to straighten your elbows as much as you can without scrunching your shoulders. If your shoulders rise up, keep your elbows slightly bent. Hold this pose for 10 complete breaths and lower your arms on the last exhale. Repeat twice more.

~OMG MOMENT: (Neck & Shoulders) After the first couple of hours at your desk it is almost impossible to maintain a healthy posture. Your head rotates and shifts in all directions during work; eventually causes stress on your neck muscles.

~Yoga Position #2: Stand with feet hip-width apart. Place your hands on the corners of your lower back with your fingers pointing toward the floor. Rotate your shoulders up, back, and down, bringing your elbows close together without pressing your hips, shoulders, or head forward. Take a deep inhale. Now, root your feet firmly into the floor as you lift up through crown of head and bend back very slightly. Press your elbows closer, lifting up through your heart. Hold for five deep breaths.

Hope these awesome Yoga tips jumpstart your midday slump and create an office haven of meditation towards a healthier employee. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s yoga positions focusing on your high heel or dress shoe burdens, your computer eye strain issues and last but not least your back unbearable pains. Have a great OMGtastic and get ready to boost your OMG Status!!


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