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A 5-Minute Yoga Break for Prolonged Sitting

Being sedentary can wreak havoc on our bodies. Inactivity has been linked to a wide variety of medical issues, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and depression. Luckily, there are options available to combat the damaging effects of sitting still for too long.



This 5 minute yoga snack is an ideal way to break up long days in the office or at school while relieving stress and tension. Not only will this practice help improve your health and well-being but also it can be done without having to change your clothes, roll out a yoga mat or take off your shoes.


This mini-sequence featured below offers variations of these two yoga postures paired with a bit of shoulder and chest opening.


Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

The core quality of mountain pose is stability and it balances Prana and Apana vayus. As we bring an emphasis to the grounding and stabilizing of the legs, this helps to cultivate the feeling of inner stability. Bringing awareness to the earth/sky axis enhances stillness.


Elements Activated Earth, air and space


Chakras Activates the First chakra. The Sixth chakra is activates with the

gaze

Benefits

  • Teaches us to locate and move from our center of gravity.

  • Increases body awareness

  • Cultivates stability and equanimity


Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

The core quality of uttanasana is a turning inward of the senses and balances Prana and Apana vayus while activating Vyana and Udana vayus. This posture


Elements Activated Space, water, earth


Chakras Activates the first through sixth chakras with focus on fifth, sixth,

second, and first

Benefits

  • elongates the muscles along the entire back body

  • massages the abdominal organs

  • calms the nervous system.

  • as the senses are drawn inward, we can cultivate an experience of deep inner peace.


Get ready to reverse the effects of prolonged sitting with a few simple stretch breaks.





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