Hip Openers to Try at Your Desk
Students always ask for exercises to do during the Office Yoga off days. Here is a simple hip opener you can try at your desk. You don’t even need to leave your seat!
A few BENEFITS of hip openers-
- Releases tension in the lower back and spine
- Grounding for the nervous system
- Alleviates emotional baggage
Courtesy of my “work from home” desk/dining table…
SEATED PIGEON POSE- Sit at the edge of your chair and bring your right ankle to your left knee, creating a figure “4” shape. Hinge forward from your hips and either hold the edge of the chair or rest your elbows on the top shin. Keep your right foot flexed to protect the knee. Hold for 5 breaths and change sides.
SEATED PIGEON POSE (MODIFIED)- If your hips are less open or you are wearing a tight skirt/pants, sit at the edge of your chair, cross your ankles and fold forward. Hold for 5 breaths and change sides.
SEATED PIGEON POSE (ADVANCED)- If your hips are more open and you want to go deeper, follow the directions above and bring both hands to the floor. Hold for 5 breaths and change sides.