Desk Yoga Poses

During practice you may experience opposing forces of constant push and pull, allow gravity to pronounce its very nature and work with it rather than against, try not to create a fight. Watch how your body responds in awe. observing your mental and emotional capacity in relation to current life circumstance and attitudes.

Embrace the unknown

Let your physical body grow and expand in its own time and a jovial approach will certainly give a richer and freer experience. Allow the mind to observe for acceptance to arise, and thus a meditative practice transpires, watching and not reacting to what is happening. Watching and accepting all that arises, knowing this too changes.

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Your yoga practice is an ongoing process. Never give up. Despite all life’s glories and woes persevere. The rewards are abundant and never ever give up.

Integrates the mind, body and spirit, and when we practise yoga, we lower the point at which our central nervous system becomes aroused, thereby lessening the impact of emotional disturbances on our everyday life. We also learn to be in the present, to focus on ourselves and to feel again. Patanjali says that if you find an emotional release in a particular asana then you must relax into the pose, regulate the breathing and focus on the infinite to become centred in the deepest aspect of oneself.

Practise the following poses to help calm the brain and relieve stress and mild depression:

Camel (Ustrasana)

Headstand (Adho Mukha Vrkasana)

Intense leg stretch (Prasarita Padottanasana)

Supported shoulderstand (Salamba Sarvangasana)

Corpse pose (Shavasana)

Bridge pose (Setu Bhanda Sarvangasana)

Upward bow (Urdhva Dhanurasana)

Upward facing dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)

Standing forward bend (Uttanasana)

ALTERNATE NOSTRIL BREATHING

The pranayama technique nadi shodhana is very useful for balancing emotions as it can stimulate both sides of the brain. When we become anxious or sad our left side can become dominate, and to help redress the balance alternate nostril breathing exercises allow us to be more creative, which can help us to acknowledge and accept our emotions. Nadi shodhana also helps reduce the heart rate and blood pressure.

FOCUSED COPING TECHNIQUES

Stop – reflect – reason – end or minimise. This involves dealing with all emotional feelings as they occur, and is extremely effective in times of stress and anger which unbalance our emotions. Stop when you feel the first physiological sign of your emotion ( a reaction in your heart pounding, which typically occurs before you are aware of the feeling itself). Then divert the attention of your mind from the emotion to your breath, and consciously keep breathing in and out for the count of 5-10. controlling your breathing until you experience calmness arising in the body and the emotion fading. This conscious awareness of emotion fading away and calmness rising is the starting point of physiologically coping.

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