Guest post by Christian Leeby. Cristian has created www.miracleofyoga.com to bring the fantastic benefits of Yoga to everyone.
Eat right and exercise. Excellent, honest advice for anyone, but especially for folks sitting in front of the computer for massive amounts of time. Studies are showing more and more that sitting in the same place for hours on end is–NEWSFLASH–not good.
While you're at it, consider making Yoga a part of your new health regime. You might be surprised to know that you don't actually have to carve time out of your busy schedule to get the benefits that make Yoga so popular today; you can actually get a lot from doing very little.
It would seem to many that you probably have to dive in and spend some serious time to get good benefits from Yoga but that's just not true. If you enjoy Yoga and have the time to spare, then, of course, more is always better. The more time you put in the better your results will be.
But if you don't have much time and you're serious about being as healthy as you can be, then nothing could be better than adding a little bit of Yoga.
Yoga poses are really, really good for the body, and when something natural helps the body feel and function better, it's obviously good for the mind. Nothing like having to pound out a day of computer work while your hip, or neck, or back is throbbing in pain. It's miserable.
Once you get a little practice, the right Yoga poses done correctly can help you fix that nagging body pain, while simultaneously helping to prevent the one that's next in line.
Best of all, you can do many very effective Yoga postures in the limited space around your desk, and if you do them well you'll get great effect from even 1 or 2 minutes of practice, seriously! Start with the basics, make it easy, and keep it safe. Do a little bit and see for yourself.
There are two Yoga poses that I suggest everyone try at the office.
One is called the modified downward facing dog, and all you do is stand, put your hands on a desk or table and stretch the hips back. You want the heels to be straight under the hips so your body becomes a right angle at the hips. Place your hands down, stretch the hips back away from your hands, then tweak the feet so they're straight under the hips. Stay there and stretch back more.
Now those instructions are way too simple, because the most important key to getting the most out of Yoga is to practice it correctly, so if you want the full instructions for this pose go to my homepage and sign up for my 7 Free videos. My point here is to show how easy it can be to knock off some Yoga while working.
The second gem I have to share is called the chair twist, and it's as simple as it sounds. Sit straight in any chair with the feet flat on the floor. Align your spine so you're sitting upright, not leaning this way or that, and twist to the right. Release and switch sides.
In only one minute, literally, you can do each pose 2 or 3 times, and feel refreshed and renewed.
If you take the time to learn a few of the fundamental Yoga postures that all beginners should start with, you'll see how easy it can be to do them anywhere, including the office, and you'll have tools to help you stay healthy and happy in your body and mind, at work and at play.