Desktop yoga is the buzz-word among contemporary computer users who
live life 24/7, with little time or energy to spare for exercises.
It is a series of easy-to-do-exercises, based on yoga
postures. The USP of these exercises is you can do them sitting at
your desk, hence the term.
This yoga style was developed by Dr John A Allocca in response to
the growing need for a yoga style that can be performed successfully
in a stressful society. In this kind of yoga, the mind needs to focus
its attention on coordinating the breathing and slow movements. The
result is a yoga practice that “stills” the mind and creates
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Desktop yoga can be performed while sitting in an armless chair. It
is a slow-intensity, short-duration series of postures which take
approximately 15 minutes to perform, not including the meditation.
Here are a few warm-up exercises:
All movements should be done slowly while concentrating on your breaths.
Do not move quickly. This is not an aerobic exercise. If, for example,
you are rotating your head from the centre to the left, you should
inhale as you are rotating your head. The inhalation should take the
entire time till the rotation is complete.
Prevention of CTS (carpal tunnel syndrome) and RSI (repetitive strain
injuries) starts not only with stretching, strengthening and improving
alignment but also with self-observation.
Here is a checklist for prevention:
Meditation: To calm your mind and body practice meditation
as taught by yoga.
Note: If you have any physical problems
like spondolytis, back pain, etc. then consult your doctor for specific