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5 Yoga Postures You Can Do At Your Desk

Kayla Kleinman
 Kayla Kleinman, Yoga Teacher, Fitness Blogger and Co-Founder of Holistic Happening, Wearing Our Jungle Fever Crop Bra

 

It's undeniable, sitting at your desk for eight hours straight will wreak havoc on your body. But just one hour of activity can improve your physical health. Sometimes it's hard to squeeze that hour in, with meetings, deadlines, and the pile up of work, I get it. That is why I decided to partner with yoga teacher, fitness blogger, and Co-Founder of Holistic HappeningKayla Kleinman to share five yoga postures you can do at your desk, to get that blood flowing. I recommend standing up for a few minutes before and after each posture, and space them out throughout the day. Starting to think more about getting that standing desk? Us too! A big thanks to Yoga Tribe Brooklyn for lending us their beautiful space to make this shoot possible. 

Read on for five yoga postures Kayla suggests you work into your daily flow while sitting at your office desk.

Seated Spinal Twist

Seated Spinal Twist

Seated Spinal Twist

Not only do seated spinal twists feel great, they're also super beneficial if you suffer from lower back pain, a common ailment for those with desk jobs. In yoga, twists are also believed to be good for your organs, and can help aid digestion while also stimulating the liver and kidneys. I make a point to do a few spinal twists throughout the day, especially if I've been sitting at my desk for awhile!

Eagle Arms

Eagle Arms

Eagle Arms

On hectic days, eagle pose is great for relieving stress and calming the mind while also opening the shoulder joints. Be sure to take a few breaths in this pose.

Modified Pigeon

Modified Pigeon

Modified Pigeon

Sitting all day can wreak havoc on your hip flexors. This modified pigeon / figure four stretch will release hip tension caused from sitting. Option to also grab underneath your thigh for a deeper stretch.

Shoulder Opener

Shoulder Opener

Shoulder Opener

If you spend all day hunched over your desk, typing away, chances are you have tight chest and shoulders. Reverse that hunch with this shoulder and chest opener.

Chest Opener

Chest Opener

Chest Opener

Another simple but effective way to stretch a tight chest and shoulder is this discreet, behind the back stretch. I cannot stress how important this one is for those with desk jobs. I try to do this as often as every 60 minutes -- I really struggle with shoulder mobility and sitting at a desk all day doesn't help!

Flow with Kayla at one of her next Holistic Happening events and be sure to follow her on Instagram @kaylakleinman

Follow Yoga Tribe Brooklyn @yogatribebrooklyn, and be sure to try one of their amazing Bikram classes soon! 

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