Working from home can be a dream come true. You can set your own hours, and you can even get a boost of inspiration from your surroundings. But there is one thing that working from home can throw off: your body’s natural rhythms.
Trying to keep yourself on a normal schedule while also getting all the work done that you need to is difficult. If life at home hasn’t been going smoothly, it’s hard not to feel as if it’s all falling apart. So how do you get back on track? Here are seven yoga poses that will help you refocus and find the balance you need to run a successful business from home.
1. The Cobra Pose: Helps expand lung capacity
The cobra pose stretches out the upper back and chest, which tend to tighten up when we spend most of our time indoors. The cobra pose also reverses the effects of gravity on our bodies as we sit for long periods of time, making it essential for anyone who works from home.
To perform the cobra pose, lie flat on your stomach with your legs stretched out behind you and your hands placed palm down beside your shoulders. Then press into your palms, lift yourself up slightly and bring your forehead toward the ground while still keeping your palms pressed down.
3. Warrior 1 This pose tones and strengthens the shoulders, back muscles and legs. Begin by standing straight with one foot in front of the other with both feet pointing forward. Slowly bend at the hips and reach both hands toward the ground; once there, extend one arm directly ahead of you while keeping your back as straight as possible throughout this stretch.
4. Downward Facing Dog This classic yoga pose stretches your hamstrings, boosts your energy and calms your mind. To perform it, simply begin in a plank position, then align your knees directly over your ankles, and lower your hips until they rest on the floor or a yoga mat.
5. Warrior 2 This pose is perfect for introducing a little challenge into your routine. Stand straight with one leg forward and one leg behind you in a lunge position. Lift the arms over your head and parallel to each other, then press them toward the ceiling as you bend both knees slightly. Hold the pose while breathing deeply for 30 seconds or longer.