So, sometimes (most of the time), when I’m at my desk at work and my leg and hip are acting up, I seriously contemplate crawling under my desk to do some yoga. You know all of those Sitting is Going to Kill You articles that tell you to stand while you’re talking on the phone, to have ‘walking meetings’ with coworkers, and to run marathons at lunch? I think that if everyone could just work from downward dog, the world would be fine. Since doing a happy laughing baby in the middle of the office isn’t an option for me, however, I’ve recently started taking minibreaks during my workday to strike some poses in the bathroom.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Bathrooms are gross. Bathroom floors are even more gross. I agree. That’s why I don’t do any floor poses. Standing poses, however, are totally doable, and they make me feel so much better throughout the day. Here are some of my favorites:
Standing Forward Fold
I love this pose because it stretches out the back of my legs and my lower back. I usually do two or three and roll up slowly.
Another great one for the back. This one also helps open up my shoulders and just feels good overall.
This is one of my favorites because I’m lacking stability in my right side lately and this post strengthens all around. Plus it stretches my shoulders, which are always quite sore from sitting at a desk all day.
This might be my favorite yoga pose of all time, not only because balancing really strengthens your legs, but for the sense of calm it always brings me. Whenever I’m having a stressful day, I retreat to the bathroom and stand in tree pose for a bit and it always grounds me. I think I like this one so much because it really forces me to stay in the present and focus on balancing.
Once in a while, someone will walk into the bathroom and look at me funny, but, trust me, the weird looks are well worth if it means I get to squeeze in some yoga during the day!
Hope I’ve inspired you to do some bathroom yoga at work, too!
Do you work out at work?