Today, June 21st, is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and it is International Yoga Day! This day represents something different in many parts of the world. However, in India, it is believed that on this day, Shiva, the god of destruction and creation, began imparting the knowledge of yoga to man-kind. This practice has changed since it was first transmitted (approximately 15,000 years ago). However, we can still use it as a way to transcend our limitations and reach our full potential. For this reason, we want to share with you some Home Office Desk Yoga to Relieve Your Stress.
“Yoga is an invaluable gift from our ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body, thought and action. Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world, and nature.”– Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
If you have not tried yoga because you do not believe in the spiritualism of the practice, you can try a different approach to it. Yoga is a broad practice with six branches as its philosophy; and an infinite number of variations, types, and styles. This ancient practice has scientific validation of its health benefits in arthritis, osteopenia, balance issues, oncology, and chronic pain, among others. Some of the organizations that have researched this are the U.S. military and the National Institutes of Health.
Find a moment for yourself!
Stress is part of our everyday life, and it affects both our personal and professional life. If you are feeling stressed out, and do not seem to find a moment in your day to grab a mat, change your clothes, and practice yoga, try Desk Yoga! Today, we compiled a set of poses to align our chakras and, as a result, relieve our stress. Remember to enjoy every movement and focus on the environment and your body. Pay attention to things like gravity and your breathing. Mainly, relax and do not be hard on yourself, overstretch, or get tense. Like we have mentioned in previous posts, since you are working from home, you can make weird faces and weird movements in the privacy of your home office. Therefore, enjoy yourself, and do not try to practice these poses with a swivel chair!
1) Muladhara (Root Chakra)
This chakra is on the pelvic floor. It is associated with the color red and the Earth element. When in balance, this chakra is in charge of holding our instinctual urges to make us feel strong, confident, and grounded. The pose we recommend for this chakra is the seated tree pose.
2) Svadhisthana (Sacral or Pelvic Chakra)
This chakra is in our sacrum. Also, its element is water, and the color that identifies it is orange. Align this chakra to feel fluidity in your creativeness and to be more optimistic towards change. To do so, you can do the Goddess Pose on a chair.
3) Manipura (Navel Chakra)
This chakra, which is associated with the element of fire and the color yellow, is located at the navel. With this chakra, you can feel productive, energetic, confident, and courageous. To awaken your inner power, we suggest you try the Boat Pose Variation On Chair.
4) Anahata (Heart Chakra)
The heart chakra is associated with the color green, the lungs, and the element of air. If you want to heal past wounds, nurture healthy relationships, and radiate unconditional love, we recommend the Camel Pose Variation On Chair.
5) Vishuddha (Throat Chakra)
The element of this chakra is the Ether and is associated with the color blue. When properly stimulated, this chakra helps you communicate and listen effectively. The pose we recommend to stimulate this chakra is Lion’s Breath pose.
6) Anja (Third-Eye Chakra)
This chakra is associated with our intuition, the element of light, and the color indigo. You can see the bigger picture, open your mind and receive wisdom with the Easy Pose.
7) Sahasrara (Crown Chakra)
The seventh chakra connects you to cosmic energy. It is represented either with a violet or white color. Connect with this chakra and feel free in every situation with the Half Lotus Pose.
Let us know in the comments if you feel more relaxed after practicing these poses, and do not forget to share this blog entry, “Home Office Desk Yoga to Relieve Your Stress,” with someone who might benefit from it. You can check the poses mentioned in this blog entry, more poses, and exercises in our Pinterest board “Stay active!” Remember that the chakras work together as a whole, so seek mindfulness and peace always. Namaste!