Do you spend most of your day working in front of a computer? Chances are you do not own one of those fancy standing desks and, just like us, you are spending a big part of your day sitting on a chair. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic more and more people are now working from home (without the benefits of walking or cycling to work), and it becomes even more important to stretch out and move your body throughout the day.
We’ve asked our friends at Pyur Yoga for some input. Pyur Yoga is a creation of Christa & Katja, two passionate yoga teachers from Switzerland. They started teaching and, wanting to spend more quality time with their students, they now also organize retreats to provide a deeper yoga experience. Pyur Yoga simple means ‘pure yoga’ and the brand stands for purity, simplicity, cheerfulness, energy, thoughtfulness, reflection, and grounding. Lots of beautiful concepts, we are a fan!
How can yoga help during my day working from home?“Yoga can help in countless ways – not only during the current Covid-19 pandemic,” explains Christa. “Yoga has a different effect on everyone and can also change from day to day and depending on what stage of life you are in. For me, for example, my yoga practice is just that. My practice. It is my time to feel alive, calm, and connected. During a time like a pandemic, yoga can help you to focus on what really matters in your life. It simply puts things in prospective.”
Katja adds, “A simple breathing exercise at the beginning of a class, for example, can help you to calm down and release everything that does not serve you. Yoga is not about being good about something, it is about being good to yourself.”
Which yoga postures can I easily do at my home office?
This pose gently mobilizes your spine and releases tension in your neck and shoulders. Moreover, it improves body awareness and posture. When combining the movement with your breath (inhale: arch your back into cow pose – exhale: round your back into cat pose) it calms down your parasympathetic (the body's rest and digestion response) nervous system.
Downward-Facing Dog Pose
Probably the biggest benefit from downward-facing dog pose is the increased blood flow to the brain. It changes prospective and clears your mind. In addition, it strengthens your whole body starting from your arms, your core, and legs. Finally it not only strengthens your body but also stretches your back and hamstrings.
Low Crescent Lunge Pose
While sitting for a long time, this pose helps to stretch your hip flexors and psoas muscle. Releasing tension in your hips does not only feel good physically but can also discharge emotions and feelings one has been holding on to unconsciously.
This balancing pose is especially helpful to bring back your focus and to calm your mind. When fixing your gaze on a point at eye level, one automatically starts concentrating on the here and now. Physically this posture strengthens ankles, calves, thighs, and the spine, but first and foremost, it boosts your sense of balance and stability.
The child’s pose elongates your lower back and opens your hips. It is great for your digestion and incredibly calming for your mind. Ultimately, it reduces stress and fatigue.
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Especially during these stressful times we feel it’s super important to practice on a daily basis as yoga helps controlling our body and mind. Even five minutes during your lunch break or after work can help stretch out those stiff back muscles, tight shoulders and neck. Diving deeper into a yoga practice has lots of physical and mental benefits...so let’s get on the mat!
To find out more about Pyur Yoga retreats visit their website for dates and additional information.