Yoga instructor Mary Ochsner recently shared her fix for avoiding the aftermath of slouching for hours on end, and you don't even have to leave your chair to get some relief. "Most of us spend the majority of our days slouched at our desks, hunched over the steering wheel of our cars, or leaning over our phones," she writes. "The next time you’re at your desk for too long, try these poses for a great stretch. They'll help counter the slouch and improve your posture."
"Most of us spend majority of our days slouched at our desks, hunched over the steering wheel of our cars, or leaning over our phones." —Mary Ochsner, yoga instructor
Sure, you might get some side-eye stares from your coworkers, but once they see how much these simple poses positively impact your life, they might just take a hint and make 'em a habit, too.
4 yoga poses that can help combat the effects of sitting all day long.
1. Eagle arms
Ochsner's advice: "Cross your arms the best you can. Lift the elbows up to align with your shoulders, and keep your hands reaching away from your face for an extra stretch."
2. Clasp hands behind back
Ochsner's advice: "This simple pose opens the shoulders and chest. Remember to squeeze your shoulders onto your back, and keep the neck long."
3. Seated cat and cow pose
Ochsner's advice: "The office-appropriate version of this pose can easily be done at your desk. Move slowly and breathe in each pose."
4. Cow face arms
Ochsner's advice: "Why do they call it that? I don’t know. But this is one hell of a shoulder stretch. Most people are better at one side or the other, and it’s totally okay if your hands don’t touch."
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