The benefits of yoga are well-researched and widely accepted. Yet many people find it difficult to incorporate it into their daily lives. While the people who could benefit most from the exercises are those that lead the most hectic and stressful lives, these are the people who often struggle to find a spare half an hour to truly appreciate the practise.
In addition, we all know that sitting at a desk staring at a computer all day is bad for you. It is likely to create hunched shoulders, a sore lower back and mental tiredness. Your hips can be thrown off balance and you might suffer with migraines, a sore neck or bad wrists.
Yoga and Pilates
Yoga and Pilates, are two highly regarded types of exercise that can counteract stress, tiredness and stiffness from sitting at a desk all day. Yoga focuses on breathing control, meditation and a range of specific poses. And Pilates works on strength, flexibility and posture. However, both can be used in stress management and for overall wellbeing. To really appreciate the benefits of either practise, they must be done regularly. Unfortunately, this is where the problem is for modern-day business people. Luckily, however, there is a way to incorporate some yoga principles into your work life…the answer is Desk Yoga.
The Benefits of Desk Yoga
Taking a few moments each day to practice some yoga moves while sat at your desk means can have numerous benefits, including:
- Helping you to become refocused and re-motivated so that your work gets done quicker.
- Feeling more comfortable in your seat.
- Being less prone to repetitive strain injury which can have a serious effect on both your work and home life.
- Desk Yoga can even help to tone certain areas of the body so that you don’t have to feel guilty about never having time to get to the gym!
When Work Gets Stressful
If you are having a particularly stressful day at work, a little bit of desk yoga can ensure it doesn’t distract you from other work projects or your home life. Sometimes the biggest obstacle to productivity is negative thoughts inside our own head. You might find yourself feeling pressured by your boss, or perhaps you have a particularly demanding supplier. Alternatively you might just feel stressed by thinking about all the things you have to do when you leave the office.
Taking some time to readjust your mindset by doing some desk yoga can give you the boost you need. It will help you tackle demands you face and get them done with a smile on your face.
Even if you think you are really good at dealing with stressful situations, and thrive on pressure, you may find you are prone to catching colds or severe headaches. That’s because high-stress levels can have an impact on the immune system which can have a knock-on effect later on. Yoga helps to keep all body systems in good working order, including the immune, mental and digestive system. If all of these are working as they should be, you can continue to shine in the workplace.