I’d like you to pause for one moment and bring your awareness to your posture. Are your shoulders rolling inwards, back stooped as you read this? If you answered yes, you are not alone. Smartphones, desk jobs, studying and long commutes to work can instil poor posture habits.
Hunching over for extended periods of time tighten the chest muscles while causing your upper back to become loose and weak. This can result in a number of consequences including chronic back, neck and shoulder pain, headaches and fatigue.
Yoga is a fantastic way to improve desk job posture. Yoga can be used to stretch the chest muscles and lengthen the spine, thereby helping to re-align your body. At the same time, yoga strengthens the core, glutes and upper back muscles. These muscles are key players in maintaining good postural alignment. Hence, spending just 10 minutes a day completing these 5 yoga poses will greatly help to improve your posture.
Posture Perks: Lengthens spine and neck, opens chest, reverses rounded shoulders
Posture Perks: Stretches shoulders, chest and neck, opens up hip flexors
Kneeling Shoulder Opener Pose
Posture Perks: Opens up and relieves tight shoulders
Posture Perks: Opens up chest and hips, lengthens spine, strengthens back and glute muscles
Reverse Warrior Pose
Posture Perks: Improves spine flexibility, stretches hips, reverses rounded shoulder position
Do you prefer training in a group environment? Why not try out our Yoga classes? We have a special offer going this month which allows you to bring a friend to train with you for free every Wednesday. This is the perfect opportunity to bring them along to Yoga at 8.00pm. If you enjoyed this article, please subscribe to our emailing list to receive more inspirational and educational content. Not following us on social media? We post content daily, regularly host competitions and give away tons of prizes. You can find us on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube.
By Alana Willis