Relax: Yoga for Stressed Out Geeks

Working overtime at your desk? Our Julie Blaustein found these quick tips for doing yoga right at your computer.

Is your body in knots from too much time in front of your computer? Sunlight Yoga says its simple chair yoga  has answers for how to ease your tensions by doing simple yoga postures and techniques right at your screen.

Ease tension in your back and neck and clear your mind with these simple one-minute practices:
  1. Take three slow deep breaths, close your eyes and turn your attention inward to regain your energy and focus in five seconds or less. Feel your body as you breathe in…and out. Go back to work feeling refreshed.
  2. Close your eyes. Rub your hands together. Create heat. Cup the palms over the eyes, relax them. Great for dry or blurry eyes from long hours at the computer!
  3. Inhale and stretch your arms up, exhale as you lower. Repeat five times.  Great to gain energy at your desk and increase circulation.
  4. Interlock your hands behind your back. Stretch your arms and hands back and then down towards the chair base as you lift your sternum — that is your chest bone and head area. Take a few slow, deep breaths and feel your shoulders and upper back release.
Stacie-Saraswati Doorek is a yoga instructor and author of SunLight Chair Yoga: Yoga for Everyone! and leads SunLight Chair Yoga Teacher Trainings in California, Florida, New York and at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in California and in the Bahamas. Her certifications include Sivananda Yoga Internationally, Gentle Integral Yoga,  Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan, Prenatal Khalsa Way Instructor, Evidence Based Fall Prevention Trainer and Enhanced Fitness Trainer for Seniors.
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  • I’ve been doing yoga for quite a while now. Well, it’s limited yoga due to my surgically repaired hip. Yoga is so tremendous. It’s a lot tougher than one would realize. Even someone that spends lot of time pumping iron, but yet it’s so soothing. Stretching your shoulders every 20-30 minutes is key when at a desk. My co-workers have unfortunately found me in Sarvangaasan pose a few times to their suprise. (look it up) :)

    -RAP, II

  • Hi Ant
    Glad you are doing yoga at your desk and finding it helpful! As I say: “Yoga works at work”. & Savasana always (:
    twitter: yogaworksatwork

  • The book that Stacie Wrote – Sunlight Chair Yoga provides great “sit by sit” instructions with pictures too of various exercises one can do at their desk. Awesomeness!