5 Yoga Poses You Can Do At Your Desk

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Yoga has been around for nearly 5,000 years, and for good reason! Boasting both mental and physical powers, yoga is a great work out that helps improve flexibility, strength, balance, endurance and mental well-being. 

The best part is, you don’t need to be a yogi to reap its benefits, or need a yoga mat for that matter. Adding a few poses to your daily routine can improve your health in a myriad of ways, even while you’re seated at your desk at work.

 Inhale, and try these 5 yoga poses perfect for busy office bees that’ll help negate the effects of that deskbound life.

 

Pokka BlogArticle1 01 SeatedCatCow

Seated Cat Cow

What it’s good for: Lower back pain caused by hunching over your computer and bad posture.

How to do it: Sit upright without leaning on your back rest. Place your hands on your knees and inhale as you arch your back (cat). Hold that pose for a few seconds and as you exhale, round your back (cow). Repeat several times.

 

Pokka BlogArticle1 02 SpinalTwist

Seated Spinal Twist

What it’s good for: Improving digestion and easing bloating caused by heavy lunches  

How to do it: Sit upright and place your right hand on your left knee. With your left hand, hold on to the back of your chair. Using your abdominal muscles, twist towards your left and take a deep inhale, making sure to lift your chest. Hold this pose for several seconds before repeating on the opposite side. 

POKKA tip: For added digestion aid, sip some of our POKKA Oolong Tea throughout the day to help degrease and detox

 

Pokka BlogArticle1 03 AnkleToKnee

Ankle to Knee Post

What it’s good for: Hip pain caused by prolonged sitting

How to do it: Cross your right ankle over your left knee. Rotate your ankle several times, then bend forward as far as you can go, breathing deeply into your fold. Exhale as you come up slowly. Repeat on other side.

 

Pokka BlogArticle1 04 HighAlterPose

High Altar Pose

What it’s good for: Relieving neck and shoulder stiffness caused by long hours of bad posture/working at your desk.

How to do it: Interlace your fingers above your head with your arms reaching for the ceiling. Feel the stretch in your back and take a deep inhale as you stretch to your left (or right). Feel the stretch in your side and shoulders and exhale to come back to center. Repeat on other side. 

 

Pokka BlogArticle1 05 WristRelease

Wrist Release Pose

What it’s good for: People who work on their keyboards all day

How to do it: Stretch your left arm in front of you with your palm in a “stop” gesture. Using your right hand, gently pull back the fingers on your left palm until you feel a stretch in your rest. Repeat on other hand.

POKKA tip: Taking a break from your computer every once in a while helps to reduce strain on your eyesight. You can also drink some of our POKKA Carrot Juice for added eye health benefits.