Yoga is one of the oldest health practices used, it has been around for over 3000 years. Yoga was created in the east and has been widely used in India to bring about spiritual discipline in one’s self. Yoga is derived from the word ‘yolk’ which means bring together. The practice is based on just that bringing the mind, body and spirit into one to help reach enlightenment. Yoga not only brings about spiritual benefits but can have a great impact on your health as well and reduces the effects that stress could have on your body.
Some of the benefits that yoga induces are:
• Reduce stress
• Spiritual growth
• Lowers heart rate
• Lowers blood pressure
• Slows down aging
• Reduces tension in muscles
• Reduces anxiety
• Reduces cortisol storage within the body
• Better sleep
• Helps with allergies and asthma relief
• Increased strength and flexibility
• Improves posture
• Improves physique
You can learn the complete 'desk yoga' and 'desk massage' routines at our Feel Karma stress management workshops. Or try these desk yoga techniques wherever you are right now to relieve tension.
Alternate nostril breathing.
Fold your index and middle finger (2nd and 3rd fingers) towards your palm on your right hand. Then place your left thumb under your right nostril to ‘tap’ it up.
Inhale from the left nostril to the count of four. Gently pinch the left nostril with the right ring finger (4th finger) for as long as it is comfortable, working up to the count of 16. And release your thumb and exhale through the right nostril for 8.
Now inhale through the right nostril for 4. Hold for as long as it is comfortable (up to sixteen seconds). Exhale through the left nostril for 8.
Repeat for several minutes.
This exercise balances the brain’s serotonin, the chemical that regulates happiness. It pushes oxygen to the bottom of the lungs and effectively helps remove toxins when you exhale. You will feel relaxed after this exercise, particularly in the shoulder area, and may experience heightened perception.
Wipe off practice
If you feel people’s negativity clinging to you, just wipe it away. Use energetic sweeping motions with your hands as if you were dusting yourself down to wipe it off your arms, torso, legs and especially off your head. As you wipe, say to yourself: ‘I am getting rid of “XXX”’.