Here are a few yoga asanas that can rejuvenate your mind and strengthen your body, thereby helping you manage stress at work and gain confidence.
With work getting more demanding than ever and stress being unbearable, corporates have started adopting employee-friendly practices to make work life more fun and engaging. It’s no surprise that employees complain of divided attention and perpetual restlessness in both work and personal life. The best way to balance out both the worlds is through the age-old science of yoga.
Practising yoga not only calms your mind but gives you a great energy boost on the inside. We keep often speak about the importance of wellness at workplace, but the important question is how often do we practise what we preach? Performing yoga in your workplace has proven benefits within as well as beyond work life. Do you want your work life to be filled with energy, concentration, and peace? Then the below-mentioned yoga asanas are what you need to practise while you are working and when you are stressed out.
Pranayama, if practised every day, will prove to be beneficial for the mind and body. Practising desktop yoga along with Pranayama relieves stress, improves blood circulation, and improves posture. While performing pranayama one should make sure that the back is straight and one should concentrate on the breathing. Sahaj Pranayama – which is also known as easy breathing – involves breathing few times deeply. One needs to inhale through the nostrils for five counts and hold the breath for 10 counts and exhale through the mouth for 10 counts. This has to be repeated 10- 12 times.
Sometimes we never know how the day looks like when we step into work. We might end up having back to back meetings, or get stuck on one document, and consequently leave office really late. All this along with many other things in the workplace can cause loss of focus and concentration. During such conditions, one should practise Utkatasana, Ardha Chandrasena or Salabhasana to get rid of mental and emotional stress.
Popularly known as the chair pose.
Continuously staring at the screen and tapping the keyboard incessantly could also be reasons contributing to a drop in productivity. By performing Sarvangasana and Ustrasana, shoulders and arms are relaxed, allowing the parts of the body to function more efficiently. These asanas also have the power to deal with physical ailments.
Yoga is the only medicine that has the power to fix both physical as well as psychological stress. While other medicines help in healing physical illness, yoga has the power to get to the root of problems and strengthen the immune system. By performing Trikonasana, Purvottanasana or Vajrasana, you can reduce fatigue and increase energy levels at work.
Trikonasana is popularly known as the triangle pose:
Being positive even during a stressful day is very difficult. Each of us have different attitudes, and managing peers along with work is a real challenge. This may also lead to dip in one’s confidence level, at work and in personal life. It is important to overcome these stressful situations at workplace by practising Vinyasa or Eka Pada Rajakapotanasana. Performing Vinyasa, where the poster looks like the form of a dog, gives a perfect relaxation to the entire body and allows the easy flow of blood throughout the body. Similarly, Eka Pada Rajakapotanasana gives a perfect stretch to the stomach and the legs.
Eka Pada Rajakapotanasana
Popularly known as the pigeon pose.
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