We spent most of our day sitting in our offices, for so many hours, that the chair starts to grow on us. It’s true, we have so much to do during the day that by the time we finish work, we forget that we’ve been sitting the whole day and it’s time to stretch those muscles.
However, most of you haven’t got the energy nor the will to get out of bed and stretch. But, what if I told you that you will only need eight minutes in your day and that those precious eight minutes will not only improve your posture, but those eight minutes can truly improve your overall health.
Stretching doesn’t look so bad after all, besides what are eight minutes compared to permanent health benefits and relieved back pain.
Yoga in general is beneficial for our physical and mental state. Not only will it keep your body in shape, but it will also relax you and free your mind and spirit. Many people are replacing regular gym sessions with evening yoga exercising, because your whole body will benefit from it, not only your muscles.
if you are one of those people, whose jobs are only and strictly connected with sitting in front of a computer, then you’ve probably have had back pain and stiffness in your whole body. This is perfectly normal since you aren’t doing anything active, however if you aren’t doing anything extra to shake those muscles up, many complications can occur as a result to your in activeness including, tight hips and therefore problems with immobility and back pain.
Farewell to back pain, farewell to stiff body and farewell to tight hips, yoga will help you get rid of those problems and the only thing you need to do is find a yoga mat, have a positive approach and take several minutes of your time.
1. Thread the Needle Pose
Lay on the back with the knees bent and the feet flat on the floor. Cross the right ankle over the left knee, making a figure “4”. Pull the left knee towards the chest, while keeping the hips grounded and lowering the back pressing into the mat. At the same time, you should be threading the right hand between the legs.
Clasp the hands under the left knee in order to engage the knee deeper into the stretch. Keep the right knee open in order to stretch the hip well, while breathing deeply. Hold for half a minute on each side.
2. Happy Baby Pose
Lay on the back on the mat and pull the knees to the chest. Put the hands on the inner arches of the feet and then open the knees as wide as possible. Press the feet into hands while pulling down on the feet and keeping the back pressed into the mat. Breathe deeply and hold for half a minute.
3. Butterfly Pose
Sit on the mat with the knees bend and the hands placed by your side on the mat. Bring the soles of the feet together to allow the knees to open out to the side. Open the knees using the leg muscles and bring the as close to the floor as possible.
The stretch should be felt in the inner thighs. Pull the feet close in toward you in order to deepen the stretch. Instead of pulling the feet closer, you can fold forward and walk the hands out in front of you. Hold for half a minute.
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