6 Chair Yoga Poses To Reduce Tension Headaches At The Office

If you are at the office and you start getting one of those headaches, you know enough is enough! However, if you can’t run away and relax on an island, there are some ways you can reduce the tension. You already know some of the triggers like hunger, stress, lack of sleep, or if you work with a computer constantly, sinus problems or eye strain.

Once you know those triggers on your own pain, it is time to do something about it. Imagine that your body is stressed by the chair posture thus having a lack of oxygen. That’s how you get your headaches. But no more!

Poor posture, respiratory problems, and blood circulation to the brain could be easily relieved with only a few chair yoga poses. Yoga helps ease tension headaches by relaxing muscles in your head, back, and neck, boosting circulation to your brain and upper body and improving your posture.

Let’s try them out!

1. Seated Spinal Twist Pose

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Sit straight on the edge of your chair;
Place your feet firmly on the floor;
Press the buttocks down into the chair seat;
Cross your right leg on top of your left at the knee;
Take your right arm to the back of the chair;
Place your left hand to your right knee;
While exhaling, turn from the belly to the right;
Keep your shoulders down and your chest open;
Getting to this pose, relax your eyes, jaw, and tongue;
Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

2. Shoulder Stretch Holding Elbows

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Place your feet firmly on the floor at a hip width;
Clasp your elbows behind your back;
Try placing your palms together behind your back, with your fingers pointed upward;
Hold this pose for 10 seconds.

3. Shoulder Stretch Cow Face For Arms Pose

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Place your feet firmly on the floor at a hip width;
Lift your right arm into the air beside your right ear;
Bend your right elbow;
Reach your right hand behind back, palm faces your back;
Place it down between your shoulder blades.
Bring your left arm behind your back and climb it up to clasp your right hand;
Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

4. Seated Pose With Eagle Arms

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Wrap your arms around your torso, right arm under left;
Bring your hands up while your left elbow rests on your right elbow;
Rotate your hands while palms face each other;
Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then repeat with your left arm under the right.

5. Side Stretch

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Sit on the edge of a chair with your feet at a hip width;
Plant your feet firmly on the floor;
Lift your arms beside your head;
Grab your left wrist with your right hand;
While exhaling, gently stretch to the right;
Pull your left arm and wrist with your right hand;
Press your weight down to the left buttock;
Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

6. Assisted Neck Stretches

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Sit on your chair with feet on the floor;
Place one hand under side of chair;
Place the other hand on side of head;
Lean body away from the hand under the chair;
Gently bend your head to opposite shoulder;
Pull with the hand on the side of your head.
Hold this pose for 10 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

There you go. You will feel so much better and your headache will disappear along with the tension from your neck and back. And you only need 1 minute of your time!