Yoga at Your Desk:
A Guide to Reducing Stress
Now you can give your staff the tools they need to reduce stress with timeless yoga techniques adapted to the modern office.
Read the sample below to see how much useful information is packed into a brief section of this guide.
Part 1: Refreshers
The refreshers should be used at the beginning of your yoga routine and at any point throughout the day when you feel tension building. You may practice the entire set or focus on one area such as your neck, shoulders, or eyes. These simple movements can be done sitting or standing and take a minute or less each.
Wrist and Hand Relaxers
These exercises are especially important for those using the keyboard for long periods of time.
12. Wrist Releases. Raise your left forearm until it is parallel with the floor, while keeping the elbow close to your ribcage. Raise your fingertips to the ceiling. Push forward with the heel of your palm until you arm is fully outstretched. (You will look like you are trying to stop traffic.) Now, angle your fingers back toward your shoulder to increase the stretch. Hold for three seconds. Release. Slowly release your arm at your side. Repeat with the right arm, then one more time with each arm. Shake out your wrists.
13. Finger Releases Part I. Hold your hands wherever they are comfortable, stretch your fingers as far apart as you can, close them in a fist, then stretch them wide again. Repeat twice more.
14. Finger Releases Part II. Stretch both arms forward and begin to climb an imaginary ladder in the air, grasping the rungs and moving hand over hand. Follow the movement of your hands with your eyes as you reach for the highest rung possible. Relax your arms at your sides and shake out your wrists.