Since the pandemic, and lock-down, I’ve done a lore more sitting. Sure I am walking my dog, and getting out in the garden. But, I’ve been in front of a computer much more than ‘normal’. Whatever normal means anymore. I wanted to do more yoga. And, yoga can be done anywhere. Even in a chair! So, I created this 5 minute chair yoga for beginners.
Chances are you’re sitting in a chair right now. And, chances are you’re also slouching. Or sitting in a weird, but comfortable, position. How long have you been there. So, press play below and just take 5 minutes to relax, de-stress and move. Without having to move away from where you are.
Chair yoga for beginners
While chair yoga is great right now, it also works post pandemic. I don’t think desk jobs are going away anytime soon. Honestly we all seem to be glued to screens more and more. So anything we can do to move our bodies, even 10 minutes at a time, is a good thing.
Below I outline the movements including in the 5 minute chair yoga for beginners class. And, perhaps more importantly, why they are included.
- Cat Cow – For spinal flexion and extension. Often we have a tendency to slouch in chairs, this gets the spine moving again to find proper alignment.
- Hip hike – This movement is lateral. Think side bending. Plus it gives you a butt massage at the same time. Bonus!!!
- Side bend – The hip hike was the warm up. Let’s lengthen and breathe into the side ribs.
- Thumb it up – Perhaps the biggest issue with today’s technology is that 90% of our actions are in front. Eating, sitting, driving, working, and phones. Use thumbs to open the chest from all the scrunching.
- Seated Twist – One of the other movements of the spine is rotation. Twists are a great way to get digestion moving, and relieve back pain.
- Have you done chair yoga before?
- Are you doing a lot more sitting during the pandemic?
- How much time do you spend at a desk in a typical day?