Desktop Yoga Stretches

Re-energize your work day with some easy stretches you can do at your desk. Follow along with these 2-minute videos or do as many repetitions as you wish.

Neck and Shoulders

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Hands, Wrists and Torso

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Lower Back and Legs

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Why Stretch?

Prolonged sitting can lead to imbalances of strength and flexibility in your neck, shoulders, back and hip joints. Fortunately, you do not have to work out to counteract these effects. Recent research suggests that getting up from your desk for just 1-2 minutes each hour to walk and/or stretch can reduce symptoms of back and neck pain and reduce the biomarkers for chronic diseases. Bottom line- the more you move, the better you’ll feel  at work.

Campus Resources

  • Departmental Stretch Breaks- schedule a 30-minute Desktop Yoga stretch break for your office. A member of the HealthyU staff will share highlights about the importance of stretching, lead your group through a 20-minute series  of stretches to relaxing music, and answer any questions you may have. A 3-page stretching handout is provided. Cost: FREE
  • Group Exercise Classes- employee only fitness classes and Recreation Services fitness class passes may be purchased with Wellness Dollars.  Classes include yoga, pilates, stretching and toning, weight training and cardio activities.
  • Walking routes- indoor and outdoor walking routes provide many options for breaking up your day with a quick walk.

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