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Working From Home Brings Lots of Muscle Stiffness – Use These Yoga Poses to Feel Better

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The past year or so has brought multiple changes to people’s work environments. People in many different lines of work have found themselves figuring out how to work from home for the first time ever. While this may have been a welcome change for some, even the most enthusiastic convert to working from home has to acknowledge that working from home brings some challenges. The work-from-home world tends to bring more virtual and phone meetings than ever before and more time in front of the computer than ever before. This leads to stiff joints and your body carrying tension in new ways. If you’re looking to unwind more effectively at the end of the work-from-home work day, try out these yoga poses to deal with muscle aches:

For Neck Tension: Neck Circles

If those long hours at the computer are leaving your neck stuck in one spot, neck circles are a gentle way to both increase mobility and address the tightness that’s sitting in your neck. When performing neck circles, slowly circle your head and neck in one direction. Make complete revolutions back to the position in which you started. After 5-10 neck circles in one direction, you can switch sides and circle in the opposite direction as well. Feel free to adjust the neck circles to be as large or small as you need them to be, based on your body’s needs

For Shoulder Stiffness: Thread the Needle

Your shoulders will also carry a lot of the impact of your increased computer and typing time every day. If your shoulders seem stuck up by your ears, try out Thread the Needle. For Thread the Needle, you will begin on all fours (hands and knees). From this position, slide your left arm under your right arm with the palm of your hand facing the ceiling. Continue to slide until your left arm and shoulder are resting on the floor. You will be able to rest the left side of your head on the floor as well. Remain on your knees and keep your right hand supporting your body. Hold this pose for about 1 minute before repeating it on the other side.

For Hip Tightness: Pigeon Pose

Pigeon pose is a powerful ‘hip opener,’ meaning that it can help you to release any tension held in your hips. To perform this pose, you will move from a seated position and move your right leg in front of you as though you were going to lunge. However, you will place your bent right leg on the floor in front of you. Your shin may extend across in front of you, or your shin and foot may point back toward you. Extend your left leg straight out on the floor behind you. Make sure that your hips are facing forward. You can add any necessary padding that helps you during this pose and breathe to release tension.

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