Yoga at your desk
“Sitting is the new smoking”. Most of us have heard this by now, but many of us are still condemned to working at a desk, sitting in a chair. This short workshop will allow participants to do some simple yoga exercises to counteract the destructive effects of sitting, from their seats, or more accurately getting out of their seats in a “pretend” office environment. It will not require special clothing or equipment, but on the contrary is geared to an office setting where people may be wearing non-optimal clothing and have limited space and nosy colleagues. In addition, we will use objects like the chair and desk as aids.
1. It involves the breath, which helps reduce/avoid stress.
2. It aids circulation to cut-off areas
3. It strengthens muscles weakened by sitting and other bad habits, and stretches tight ones.
Participants will be taken through a number of poses that help shoulders, neck, back, hips, “core” (abdomen and sides) and legs.
About the facilitator
American-born Anne Hodgkinson has been a translator/editor since about 1998. She discovered the physical and mental benefits of yoga about fifteen years ago, and got a yoga teaching certificate in 2012. Somewhat high-strung by nature, she finds the physicality and social interaction of yoga teaching the perfect antidote to working alone at a desk.