You probably believe that sitting at a desk protects your body. You don’t have to move it and you are resting the whole day. But, the situation is completely different. Sitting is a new smoking. It has been linked to higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and several more conditions. The solution is to have physical activity. But, you should target activities that will have more benefits. One of them is yoga. Here are the best poses for people who sit at a desk the whole day.
1. Downward dog is used to open your hamstrings and back. Both of them are important for strength of your back. You will have to start on your hands and legs (on all four). Tuck your toes. Lift your hips and then bring heels towards the ground. Stay in this position for 5 breaths.
2. Wrist stretches are used to give a break to your wrists. If you type the whole day, you definitely should use this pose. You will start with your fingertips facing forward. Now, rotate your right wrist, so it is facing towards and your fingers are facing back. Repeat the step with left wrist, hold the breath and repeat again.
3. Pigeon pose is used to open your hips. The more you sit, the tighter hips you will have. You will start as in downward dog. Now, lift your right leg up. Then you will have to swing it, so your shin is parallel with the beginning of your mat. Crawl your fingertips back and bring your palms forward. Rest your forehead on the mat. Hold for 5 breaths and repeat with the other side.