4 Easy Yoga Poses To Practice At Your Desk

You don't have to practice yoga for hours on end. A yoga routine can be as short or as long as you'd like — and you can practice wherever you want, even at your desk.

Here are four poses that will help you stretch and correct your posture while you're sitting at your desk all day. Practice each pose for a few breaths before moving on to the next. Try to practice this series of poses a few times a week.

Eagle Arms

Open your arms wide out to the sides. Bring your arms toward each other and cross your right arm under your left arm. Bend your elbows, and if you can, wrap your wrists so your palms touch. As you inhale, bring your elbows in line with your chin. Exhale, drop your chin down. Breathe into your upper back and neck for 3 to 10 breaths, then repeat on the other side.

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Gentle Twist

Inhale, sit up tall. Exhale, twist to the right. Look over your right shoulder. Hold here five breaths, then repeat on the other side.

Forearm Crossed Breath

Inhale, and lift your arms up alongside your ears. Exhale, and bend your elbows and clasp your forearms on top of each other. Breathe here, imagining the inhaling breath going up your right arm, across your forearms, and the exhaling breath going down your left arm, and then to your center, for three breaths.

Repeat in the other direction three times as well. If you have time, begin what is traditionally called khapalabhati. Inhale to a comfortable level. Begin short, sharp breaths out of the nose, where the inhale is simply a reaction to the exhale, as the diaphragm pumps on the abdominal wall. It should feel like something between sneezing and blowing your nose. (If you are pregnant, skip khapalabhati.) Keep these up for a minute, energizing your body with each pump.

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Chair Forward Fold

Come to the edge of your chair. Separate your feet hip-distance apart. Extend your legs forward and flex your feet so the heels press into the floor. Inhale, sit up tall. Exhale, fold forward, reaching your hands toward your ankles or shins. Let your head hang here and hold for 5 to 15 breaths.

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Lauren Imparato

Founder & CEO, I.AM.YOU.
Lauren Imparato — author of RETOX and one of the "100 Women in Wellness to Watch" and Elle’s "This is 30" — resigned her job as a vice president on the Wall Street trading floors in 2009 to launch I.AM.YOU, a wellness lifestyle company based on yoga, nourishment and music. In NYC and across the globe, she is renowned for her straight up, real approach to wellness and life. Imparato’s yoga classes are known for their attention to anatomy, sweat and tradition within the chaotic modern lives we lead, and are always paired with signature MusicMixes including genres like rock, salsa, jazz, hip hop and more. She has been featured in Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, Elle, New York Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, Self, The Financial Times, Bloomberg News, CNN and countless others and writes for MindBodyGreen, PositiveMed and her own blog with a social media following of over 250,000. Imparato has led I.AM.YOU. classes for tens of thousands of people in Spain, Cannes Film Festival, Ibiza Opening Weekend and, most recently, all of Times Square and the great lawn of Central Park. She graduated from Princeton University.
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