Whether you spend your days hunched over a coding terminal or in meetings hammering out product strategies, the daily stresses of startup life can start to take a toll on the mind, body and soul if not kept in check. While sleep and exercise are the most popular prescriptions, yoga remains an under-appreciated alternative: it’s fast, it’s free and you can do it virtually anywhere. For example, you can easily incorporate a few yoga moves into your shoulder workouts in the gym or at home, and doing so can greatly improve your fitness and flexibility.
The next time you’re feeling under the weather, take a deep breath and give some of these quick and easy yoga poses a try:
1. Smartphone Neck Stretch
You probably don’t even realize how much of the day you spend looking down at your phone or tablet until your neck starts to ache. Yoga instructor Bernie Clark recommends moving the neck six different ways to get a complete stretch and relieve tension.
2. Desk Hunch Opener
Proper posture is not a virtue of the startup generation. To counter the rounded hunch many of us take on during the day, try this upward plank to open up the chest and shoulders.
3. Computer Shoulder Stretch
If you can feel your shoulders tensing up after a long typing session, take a quick stretch break with this eagle pose, which can be achieved while standing or sitting.
4. Mid-day Slump Energizer
5. Office Chair Hip Relaxer
Sitting all day plays a major role in causing lower back pain and stiffness. Hip openers like this one can help relieve hidden tension and pain in the spine and lumbar region.
6. Sleep-Inducing Fold Over
This simple, relaxing pose can help even the most active minds relax and drift off into sleep.
7. Headache Headstand
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