Chair Yoga to Brighten Your Work Day

Female office worker in yoga pose Ardha Matsyendrasana or Half Lord of the Fishes Pose on a chair

Over the past weekend, I felt like the seasons clicked—warm weather is waning and winter is upon us. For many of us, this means going back to our usual routines, which often involve a lot of sitting. To support your transition from more active warm weather toward a more sedentary season, I put together a short chair yoga practice that you can do as a movement break during your workday.

We are all aware of how negatively sitting impacts our bodies, causing not just physical tension, but also affecting our physiology and mood.  Movement is the perfect antidote to all of that. Try this short yoga practice to loosen up all the key areas that get tight from computer/desk work: neck, back, hips, and wrists. It also helps to lubricate your joints, gets your lymph moving, and encourages deeper breathing. It helps you manage your energy and open your mind toward more creative solutions.

Chair Yoga Practice for your Work Day

Yoga practice to do at or near your desk to counteract too much sitting at work

Reprinted with permission from Sequence Wiz.

Educated as a school teacher, Olga Kabel has been teaching yoga for over 14 years. She completed multiple Yoga Teacher Training Programs but discovered the strongest connection to the Krishnamacharya/ T.K.V. Desikachar lineage. She had studied with Gary Kraftsow and American Viniyoga Institute (2004-2006) and received her Viniyoga Teacher diploma in July 2006, becoming an AVI-certified Yoga Therapist in April 2011. Olga is a founder and managing director of Sequence Wiz— a web-based yoga sequence builder that assists yoga teachers and yoga therapists in creating and organizing yoga practices. It also features simple, informational articles on how to sequence yoga practices for maximum effectiveness. Olga strongly believes in the healing power of this ancient discipline on every level: physical, psychological, and spiritual. She strives to make yoga practices accessible to students of any age, physical ability, and medical history, specializing in helping her students relieve muscle aches and pains, manage stress and anxiety, and develop mental focus.

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