For a large majority of people, sitting at a desk for eight hours a day is normal. And while we’re aware that sitting is really bad for us, there’s not much we can do when our jobs require us to sit down for most of our shift.
There are different yoga poses however, that can open the chest and counteract the damage that’s an inevitable part of sitting down all day. Just doing a few poses for a couple moments each day can really help to keep body and mind in balance.
Try the following poses to help ease open the chest and undo the damage sitting does on the upper body.
5 Yoga Poses to Open the Chest
- Cat Cow (Marjari/Bitilasana)
Cat Cow serves as a gentle combination of two poses that stimulates energy in the body, loosens the spine, and stretches the neck back of the torso. It not only brings a welcomed warm energy to the body, but opens the chest and urges one to invite a deeper breath.
- Cobra (Bhujangasana)
Cobra pose is a beginning backbend that helps to gently open the chest and bring more flexibility to the spine. It stretches the shoulders and also prepares one for deeper backbends that can be of further benefit in opening the chest.
- Cow Face Pose (Gomukhasana)
While Cow Face Pose may prove to be a bit more difficult to the beginning yoga, this is an excellent posture for those accustomed to sitting down a lot. Not only does it open the chest and stretch the shoulders, but is a powerful hip opener is well.
- Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Bridge pose invites the yogi to take a bit of a deeper backbend and great for stretching the chest, neck, and spine, all of which can become tight from sitting for long periods of time. It also helps to improve blood circulation, which is also beneficial to those who sit a lot.
- Bow Pose (Dhanurasana)
As a more advanced posture, bow pose is one stretches the entire front of the body, including the chest and throat. Bow pose can prove to be tremendously beneficial to those who sit a lot, as it also improves posture and invigorates the muscles in the neck.
When you take the time to open the chest you’re doing yourself a world of good. Sitting down all day doesn’t have to take such a heavy toll when you know what poses are good for relieving the side effects of your desk job. Think about taking a mindful lunch break and dedicate a few moments to a couple poses that open the chest. This can also be a great way to rejuvenate and recharge with some natural energy to face the rest of the day.