Sitting at a desk all day takes its toll. It stifles creativity, causes aches and pains, and is one of the most unhealthy things you can do physically. Unfortunately writers are usually doing this.
The following poses can be done in your chair or right next to it. Click on the links for a video description of how to get into each pose.
The great thing about this pose is you can do full Eagle Pose standing right by your desk or you can stay sitting and work on your upper body. Breathe deeply in this posture and try not to arch your back or put tension in your neck.
If it sounds silly, it’s because it is! This pose is often done to the extreme and can cause more problems than solutions, but use a strap/hand towel/even a sock as a go-between for your grip so this pose feels restorative instead of sharp and forced. Try not to arch your back. The neck tends to go forward in this pose too, so keep your chin up and the tension out. This pose is great because again it can be done at a chair or on the ground if you want to open your hips, which is good for creativity.
This is a wonderful pose because of its gentle hip and shoulder opening and the variations it offers. You can massage the pressure point located in your forehead by rocking your head from side to side. This alleviates headaches and tension. You can reach to the left and right with your arms to work in a side body stretch as well. This can be done right next to your desk.
This pose is as simple as sitting. Often times we think that getting our forehead to our feet is best, but keep your back straight and pull your heart toward your feet instead. Great for the hips when they’ve sat in a chair for too long.
The link shows variations for people who are or are not flexible. Try to stay in this pose on both sides for a minute while breathing evenly through the nose. If you rest your forehead on the ground or on your hands you can rock your head and massage that pressure point again. This is a great pose to unleash creativity as well.
A hip opener and a full stretch for the spine. This pose takes up little room. It should not be forced or difficult to breathe. It should be gentle and restorative.
The video in the link is a wonderful comprehensive explanation of how to properly do downward facing dog. This pose strengthens and stretches at the same time (like most yoga poses). Strength is an important factor to keep aches and pains away.
Try these poses when you are in a rut, need to get up and move around, or to find motivation or creativity. Yoga is all about breathing, so make sure you are doing so in each pose. Nothing should ever feel sharp or painful.