As delightful as it is to work from the comfort of your home, it has its own downsides. Constantly having to stay on phone calls, binge-eating and worst of all, the posture. Oh, the posture! Only if there were easy peasy lemon squeezy solutions to what the computer does to our posture. Or are there?
Whether you’re working from home or just have a mildly questionable posture, your body will love you extra for practising these 5 yoga poses.
Sarvangasana or the Candle pose
Literally translating to “all-limbed pose”, this inversion will help improve the blood flow in your body – something needed after long hours of sitting.
Often also known as a “shoulder stand”, the sarvangasana is easier than it looks. Simply lie down on your back and start lifting your legs one by one, using your hands to support your back. Once you’re comfortable enough in this position, lift your body a little more, trying to keep only your shoulders, neck and head on the ground. Take a few deep breaths and release the pose gently.
Marjaryasana-Bitilasana or the Cat-Cow stretch
If you’ve ever tried this stretch, you know how amazing it feels. Directly targeting your neck and shoulders and stretching them along with your back, the cat-cow pose opens your chest and back, eventually improving your posture.
Gomukhasana or the Cow-face pose
Few things improve the posture as rapidly as the cow-face pose! Working not only on opening and strengthening your neck, shoulders, arms and chest , this pose targets the lower body alike to create a full-fledged opening experience.
To try out the wholesome pose, simply start in a cross-legged position. Now, stack your left knee directly over the right. You should feel this stretch in your glutes. Raise your right arm towards the ceiling and bend your elbow, your palm touching the back of your neck or lower. Now stretch your left arm to your left, bend it and bring the left palm towards the center of your back. Try to clasp your arms, but if you can’t do that yet, use a strap to feel the stretch in the right places. Remember, your head should not tilt forward!
Slowly release after taking a few deep breaths.
Uttana Shishosana or the Puppy pose
If you’ve ever seen a puppy or a dog try yoga, you know very well how much they love the puppy pose! But pups aren’t the only ones this pose is good for.
This yummy stretch opens shoulders, chest, back and core, rectifying posture easily and yummy-ly! Because this is a slight inversion, the heart staying over head, it is known for inducing a sense of calmness, and de-stressing whenever practised!
To do the puppy stretch, simply begin in a tabletop position. Now, keep your elbows in place of your palms and move your knees a tad bit back. Melt your heart towards the ground and feel the stretch in your armpits. Take a few deep breaths and release!
Sukhasana ear-to-shoulder variation or the cross-legged variation
Who among us hasn’t tried neck rolls or ear to shoulder poses? But this yoga variation takes it to the yummiest stretchy level!
Releasing neck and shoulder tension, this ear-to-shoulder stretch can feel heavenly if you sit for long hours in front of a computer or use your phone too much.
To try this stretch, sit in a cross legged position. If that’s not possible, you can also sit on a chair and try it. Now, extend your left arm to your left, or keep it on the ground to your left if you’re more comfortable that way. Try touching your right ear to your right shoulder. Take the help of your right palm to deepen the stretch by gently pressing the left side of your head towards your right. Take a few deep breaths, maneuver your way around your neck and release. Do the same on the other side!
Having a better posture and pain-free life has never been so yummy, right?
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