This is part two of a six part series featuring simple wellness solutions that we can all partake in throughout the day via our in-house yoga connoisseur and instructor, Jessica Armendariz. Jessica is on her way to becoming a STOTT Pilates instructor, and she currently holds a ‘200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher’s Certificate’ from Yoga Alliance.
Poor posture, stiff muscles, neck and lower back pain…sound familiar? We are a nation of desk sitters, and there are definitely some quick, simple solutions to these common inconveniences.
A few simple stretches and exercises that are specifically designed for working professionals can easily increase success in the organization. By opening the hands, arms and shoulders, we have the ability to treat and avoid carpal tunnel syndrome; build core strength to support the spine at our desks; and ultimately, provide grounding for the mind.
2. This is my personal favorite; I do this every day! I use a strap to stretch out my shoulders and arms in the opposite direction of my typical posture when typing away on a keyboard.
Rest in a comfortable seated position. Take a yoga strap that is a little bit wider than shoulder width apart. On an inhale, lift the arms up slowly above your head. Exhale and slowly let your arms fall behind you. When you hit that tight spot, take a moment and just breathe. Inhale and slowly bring the arms back up above your head, and then slowly down in front of you with an exhale. Repeat this 3-4 times a day (just about 10 minutes) for a quick fix to open up the shoulders. You can buy a yoga strap for as little as $5 on sites like Amazon.com.