We all live busy lives where slowing down may seem impossible even though it is essential to staying balanced and healthy. We spend hours without moving, glued to our laptops, loading on calories. We asked our friend and fellow yogini Chanchal Jaising ofa.fit.journal to put together a few poses that you can do while working from home.
1. Kick it out
Seated comfortably on a chair, with a neutral spine, eyes on the laptop, fingers tapping away - Leg lifted up on the table. You can hold this pose for as long as you take your next chai / snack break. It works great on the Hip flexors - Enroute to smooth splits someday. Wear something comfortable while doing trying this out. Chanchal is wearing the Vira dhoti pants.
If pointing your toes , hold the pointe for not more than 2 minutes as you don't want to strain that Achilles tendon.
2. Chair Hugger
If you've done yoga- you've definitely taken a pigeon of some sort- Let's pigeon that leg on the chair. What an amazing Hip Opener. Make sure to wear yoga pantsyou can stretch in.
3. Pole Dancer
Couch is our new best friend. Working from the couch doesn't have to be slouchy. Lying on your side, lift that leg straight up towards the sky. You can also take the support of the wall behind you if needed. Breathable fabric yoga clothing is preferable while working from home.
4. Fallen Tree
Balance is key for a beautiful Tree Pose. Not all of us are blessed with great balance. Let's be a fallen tree instead - Lying on your side similar to the previous pose, bring your feet to the knee / thigh/ crotch - However flexible you are.
5. Couch Diamond
This' one's my favourite. If you're a typical couch potato- let's turn that around to a diamond. Place your legs on a table in front of you with the knees facing out & toes touching. Make sure you've a bolster supporting that back. Clothes that move with you can enhance your WFH yoga routine.
Hold these postures for three to five minutes, or even 20 minutes at a time. By doing so you can help restore the healthy flow of Qi (energy) in your body.
I first found yoga while looking to increase flexibility. In the last 10 years of my practice, I've been pretty experimental and tried various forms of Yoga - Ashtanga , Aerial, Power, Yin, Trapeze and Modern Vinyasa. I've discovered that Yoga not only solved physical issues, but created a deeper sense of calm in my heart, mind, and soul. I've received my 200hr Vinyasa training with Awakening Yoga Academy, Seattle.