Co-written with Lindsay Sinclair, Occupational Therapist
Have you ever reflected on how much time you spend sitting at work? Do you ever try to find reasons to move around during the work day to resolve that restless feeling? Do you ever wish you could take a moment during the day to relax and de-stress? Perhaps Chair Yoga will be the answer for you!
In recent years, yoga has become the new “it” thing, with individuals of all age groups participating in this ancient activity. Originally created in India, yoga is a practice that combines breathing exercises, meditation, and assuming various postures to elongate muscles and promoting stretching. This time-tested practice aims to achieve harmony between the body and mind to increase overall well-being.
Yoga has many benefits, including positive impacts on physical and mental health. Yoga can help increase flexibility, reduce aches and pains, strengthen muscles, protect joints, and decrease the risk of arthritis. It can also enable us to cope with stress, improve focus and concentration, restore energy, and find peace of mind. These benefits may translate into increased productivity at work and enhanced satisfaction with work-life balance.
Chair yoga is a gentle style of yoga that can be practiced in a mostly seated position. It is particularly useful for individuals who are sitting at a desk the majority of the day, confined to tight spaces for long periods of time (ex: long bus ride), and individuals with mobility issues.
Seated yoga is a great way to take a break from the everyday stresses at work and can easily be incorporated into your daily routine. Check out About Health for some seated yoga poses you can try at work or at home!
For other strategies on how you can promote workplace health, consult an Occupational Therapist and check out our Healthy Workplace page. From ergonomics to mental and cognitive well being, we are the profession that can promote productivity and function in the workplace.
Great article. I am based in the UAE and run a wellness business called The Workplace Yogi. Our most popular service is Office-friendly yoga which is chair and desk based. It is fantastic for office based teams as it enables people to look after their wellbeing, de-strwss and bring awareness to the dangers of a sedentary lifestyle generally. It can also help to embed a healthier workplace culture generally where movement and taking beaks is encouraged both from a health and productivity perspective.
Thank you Emma. I agree that it can have a positive effect on creating an overall healthier culture in the workplace.