Your job can take its toll on your body, whether it's from your chair, heavy lifting, or hours of sedentary work. Rodney Yee, a renowned yoga instructor who has been teaching for more than 26 years, thinks that our problems can be fixed with a little office yoga. In his new DVD, 'Rodney Yee's Yoga for Energy & Stress Relief,' produced by Gaiam, Yee shows how small moves that you can do at your desk can give you some of the benefits of a full yoga class – in some cases, without even needing to get up off the chair. "The biggest problem with office workers is a sedentary body," says Yee. "Movement is so important, not only to our respiratory system, but to our circulatory system as well." Here are three things that Rodney says you can do in the office to remain healthy and prevent stress, pain, and lack of energy.
Stretch in your chair.
Here's a simple stretch you don't even need to get up for: Put one ankle over the opposite knee and rotate it 10 times one way and 10 times another, then switch legs. "Putting your ankle over your knee will help to stretch your hips and help keep the blood circulating by rotating your ankles," says Yee. He also recommends doing a chair version of Cat-Cow. In your chair, sit on the forward edge with your hands on your knees in a neutral spine position. Inhale deeply and as you exhale, round your spine. On the next inhale, arch your back and lift your head. "This will help stretch your back and neck," says Yee, "and reenergize you for the rest of your workday."
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