It’s no surprise that sitting at a desk for eight hours a day isn’t healthy. We try to get up and walk around the office every few hours or set our computer monitors up on books to decrease neck strain, but in most cases we still suffer from the aches and pains that come with desk jobs. If you’re struggling with issues such as back and shoulder pain, tight hips or “tech neck” check out these 10 awesome yoga poses you can do at your desk.
Meditation is all about being still, but that can be tough if you find the seated pose uncomfortable. If you’re having trouble sitting comfortably for the length of your meditation, you might want to check out Yin Yoga. This style of yoga is designed to help you sit longer and more comfortably when you’re meditating. It is made up of deep, passive stretches that are held for longer periods of time.
Since yoga came to the western world, it has seen hundreds of different styles and modifications. While a basic Hatha yoga class will never fail in helping you get healthy and calming your mind, sometimes it’s even more beneficial to switch things up. This might mean trying out a different instructor’s class, jumping from Hatha to a Vinyasa class, or maybe something a little more…out there. If you’re looking to break out of your routine, would you give any of these wacky yoga classes a try?
Tai Chi is a form of meditative movement. Similar to yoga, it combines breath and movement to improve overall physical and emotional health. Over the years, Tai Chi has grown in popularity due to its low impact nature. It can be adapted to just about anyone’s level of fitness and is relatively inexpensive with no special equipment needed.
The incredible health benefits of Tai Chi have caused a growth in the number of practitioners around the world. What many newcomers don’t realize at first is that there are actually many styles of Tai Chi to choose from. While most people choose their style based on availability, taking the time to learn about what style of Tai Chi matches you both physically and personally can help you start your Tai Chi practice off on the right foot.
It’s trending on Instagram, being practiced by celebrities and increasing in popularity across the world. What is it you ask? Aerial yoga. This form of yoga takes circus acrobatics and turns them into a fun and surprisingly beneficial yoga workout.
Between rush hour, workday overload, family crises, friend drama and who knows what else, stress is a huge part of our every day lives. If you’re feeling worn out a little yoga can go a long way. In fact, dedicating just a few minutes a day in the morning, at lunch or in the evening can do wonders for minimizing stress and increasing productivity.
It seems like everyone from the neighborhood dog walker to the cashier at the grocery store is talking about heading to their yoga class. What is yoga? Is this the latest fitness fad? What’s so great about it?
by April Clark
Yoga is a practice that invites inquiry, which can help in the creative process. By asking questions, remaining open and stating intentions, we find clarity and answers and our Dharma or purpose unfolds. Yoga can be the vehicle to pave the way, stilling the mind so that the inspiration needed to move forward in a project emerges from within. Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness in the body and mind. The practice helps one to relax and manage stress and anxiety. Stress in the body can inhibit and block inspiration and creativity. When barriers are moved away from our body and mind, we benefit from our ability to focus and concentrate, releasing the creativity within. Through yoga, you access what may be suppressed and through writing, you are able to articulate your thoughts and ideas.
Martial Arts have been popular in the US for a very long time. But did you know, besides the benefits of cardio exercise and learning self-defense and discipline, there are forms of martial arts that are great for reducing stress? One of the best martial arts for your mind, body and soul is Tai Chi.