Who said it is compulsory to roll out a yoga mat to practice yoga? You can practice yoga everywhere. If you are stressed and are stuck at work, these yoga poses recommended by yoga expert Shameem Akthar will help you de-stress and elevate your mood.
Uddiyana bandha or stomach lock: Place your hands on your waist. Inhale and exhale a few times deeply. Exhaling forcefully, lock in the stomach muscles, caving in the spine. Hold the breath and lock for a few seconds. Relax your stomach. Exhale lightly, before inhaling deeply.
Janu naman or knee press: Sit on a chair. Press feet on the ground. Inhale and place hands on inner sides of the knees. Inhaling, press both knees outwards and away from each other with your hands. Simultaneously, push your legs inwards, to create a resistance between the hands and legs. Hold this resistance as long as possible. Release and repeat a few times.
Janu sirsasana: Sit on a chair and place your heels on another chair. Inhale and as you exhale, bend your head towards the right knee. Try to hold your toes and continue breathing evenly. Repeat a few times, rest and then repeat with the other leg.
Surya mudra or hand gesture: Sit in a meditative position. Shut your eyes. Press your ring finger down with the thumb. Do this with both hands. Hold for three to five minutes, repeat several times during the day.
Pran mudra or life gesture: Sit with your eyes shut. Now touch the tips of the little finger and ring finger to the tip of your thumb. Hold for 3-5 minutes and repeat with the other hand.