It seems like so many of us who work from home put in long hours hunched over a computer, sedentary and stiff. If you’ve started to feel the effects, these yoga exercises for the solopreneur will likely be an enormous relief. They’ll also help you prevent further issues down the road.
The best part is that some of the most simple, classic yoga exercises provide substantial benefits for people who work at a desk or computer, so you don’t need years of practice or to contort yourself into impossible positions to reap the rewards. Here are some poses that are helpful for any freelancer.
Downward Facing Dog. This is a pose with so many benefits for the solopreneur. It gives your hands, shoulders, and legs a big stretch. It also gives you a boost in your mood, and is relaxing. Just be careful about this pose if you’ve got carpal tunnel syndrome.
Dolphin/Puppy Pose. If you do have carpal tunnel, this is the pose for you. It will stretch your wrists without hurting them by adding too much weight. You’ll also get a great stretch in your shoulders and legs.
Cat/Cow pose. These are really two poses, but they go together like PB&J. Cat/Cow poses provide a stretch to the front and back of the neck and spine, combating those hours of hunching at the keyboard.
Cobra pose. This pose is wonderful for your lower back and spine. It gives your shoulders a good stretch, relieving sciatica pain and elevating your mood.
Eye strain exercises. When you’re working in front of a screen all day, eye strain can easily be an issue, causing headaches and trouble focusing. These activities are perfect for combating this and are simple to do right at your desk.
Legs Up the Wall. This is one I LOVE! Seriously, in this pose, you’re just hanging out with your legs up the side of a wall, but it is so relaxing. It’s also great for swelling in the legs, tired legs and feet, low back pain, anxiety, even arthritis and high blood pressure.
As you can see, with a few simple yoga exercises, you can perk up your whole day, soothe soreness and pain, and get super relaxed. You don’t need much, but a yoga mat and some yoga pants help. I’m in love with basically everything yoga and fitness related from Ban.do, but especially this “We’re Getting Pizza After This” mat and the matching water bottle, though this one might be more motivational.
Are you into yoga? What are your preferred poses? Do you have a favorite video? I’m just jumping back into all this stuff so I’d love to get some recommendations!
This is a guest post from Alison Willoughby. Ali is a virtual assistant, freelance writer, and self-care enthusiast. Visit her at Ali The Happy VA.
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