Why office yoga is effective?
Research has shown that sitting for over 6 hours at a time has a direct correlation with levels of stress for individuals. Sitting for such long periods of time leads to stagnation in blood flow in the brain, joints and connective tissues leaving people feeling foggy, less creative and less productive at their work. Participating in yoga practices can mitigate the negative effects of sitting for long periods of time. Breath and movement increase blood, hormones and oxygen flow to joints, spine and brain. As a result, people simply feel better, are more productive and accurate in their work, have improved mental stamina, concentration and memory.
One does not need to practice elaborate yoga poses to reap maximum benefits of yoga in the office. Child’s pose can be deeply relaxing and allow for a gentle back body stretch. Want to give it a try? Find any relatively comfortable place to kneel down, start to bring your hips towards your heels and rest your forehead on the mat (if you have one), or a block or the backs of your hands so that the neck feels comfortable and there is gentle pressure on the space between your eyebrows. Alternatively you can turn one ear/cheek to one side to gently stretch your neck. Use whatever you have for padding under your knees or head if needed. You can either take your knees wide apart under your torso or keep them close together, maybe try both and see what feels most like steadiness and ease. If you experience any knee pain come up higher, place something like a pillow or block between your hamstrings and your calves to support the weight of the hips from weighing too much on the knees. Take slow deep breaths, soften the weight of your bones, hold for 3–5 minutes or until it feels right to come out.