Doing yoga in the office can be fun, innovative and relaxing with many long term benefits. Office yoga comprises of a sequence of simple exercises you can perform quite unobtrusively at your desk, at any time of the day.
Making office yoga exercises a part of your routine can work wonders as they wipe away body pain, fatigue and tension and increase overall muscle strength and flexibility, keeping you fresh and revitalized through the day. The exercises don’t demand much time, and can be done in spurts throughout the day, sparing you from unnecessary discomfort in the long run.
Don't assume there isn't enough space in your office for a regular yoga or meditation practice. Lauren Coles, Founder of Daisy Yoga shares her top five spots to do yoga at your workplace below:
Office lounge. In many new offices, especially at tech companies, there is desk-free space. Perhaps it's the section in the center of the office with couches. Maybe it's the room where the ping pong table lives. Even the kitchen/lunch room area can be used during off hours. Furniture in these spaces is easy to move, and a cheap divider or folding screens can be put up for added privacy if the space is open to the rest of the office.
Entryways, foyers. Though this space isn't ideal during business hours, the open entrance area of an office is perfect for yoga before the workday begins. If it's big enough, it can be used during after-work hours, as long as people aren't too distracted by their colleagues leaving the office. This is a good place to use a folding screen for added privacy.
Corners, perimeters around desks. Once again, this space isn't ideal during business hours. However, it can work when the office is empty. A yoga mat really doesn't take up much space, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by how little space seated meditation requires. Believe it or not, this space can work really well at the right time of day!
Conference rooms. Don't overlook the effectiveness of chair yoga. Often, a conference room can seat 20 or more people. A yoga or meditation session can be done here, allowing space for many participants. Bonus: People won't have to change clothing to do yoga in this kind of setting.
Your desk. Believe it or not, your desk can become a refuge! Try a short meditation or desk yoga pose at regular intervals during your work day. A solo practice is a powerful thing, and you will be amazed by how refreshing even one minute of meditation can be.
As you can see, office yoga is possible in your work space. Just look around and be creative. If your office has a budget for it, find a teacher who is experienced working in offices spaces. Soon, you'll be enjoying the benefits of a regular yoga practice!