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Know what occupational yoga is, where to practice it and some exercises to do

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The hazards of the trade and now the effects of the pandemic on the daily routine are causing people, immersed in the world of work, to see consequences in their mind and physical state from spending hours at a desk glued to a screen.

Given this, perhaps one of the most demanded practices to counteract said physical and emotional discomfort is the yoga, a trend that is growing strongly among executives.

Only in the last months of 2020, the Stylight platform showed a strong increase in popularity and searches related to yoga of 300% compared to 2019. The same happened with popular brands such as Alo Moves by Alo Yoga, which despite having existed since 2012, only in 2020 achieved an increase of more than 300% in the platform and the YouTube channel.

In Colombia, experts explain that specifically yoga for executives is on the rise, since teleworking has created a very strong sedentary lifestyle. In addition, they seek to complement the physical practices, with routines that connect them more with their spirituality.

“We have many executives who ask for face-to-face classes and we have precisely created routines adapted to their needs,” explained Ana Ferro, yoga coach and founder of I Belong, who added that yoga integrated into the working day is a practice “designed in short modules that work on the flexibility and relaxation of muscles that tend to tense up due to poor posture ”.

If it catches your eye, we recommend five academies.

Observe and identify the type of breathing
The first thing you should consider is learning to listen to your mind and body. Sandra Camacho, from the Arte de Vivir academy, one of the recommended ones, explains that in this first technique you should start by observing your breathing. You must be seated with your back supported somewhere. The next thing is to close your eyes and relax your hands on your thighs. Then bring your attention to the breath and see if it is shaky, rapid, or deep; This will help you slow down your metabolism.

Complete breathing to oxygenate the whole body

A second exercise is to do a complete breath that, according to Camacho, will help oxygenation to the body. What you need to do is completely empty your abdomen and chest and then begin to inhale deeply through your nose so that you inflate your stomach and then your chest as much as possible. Then hold that for a few seconds and slowly begin to exhale until the chest and abdomen are completely empty. Repeat 10 times in three rounds.

Be aware of every part of your body

The third tip is to observe the body. Sandra Camacho indicates that after having done the complete breathing, that is, the two previous steps, begin to observe or be aware of your feet, knees, thighs, your neck, hands, the abdomen, in general, every part of your body, feel it. Likewise, feel how the tension is in your face, if you are smiling, your face is serious or tense. This careful observation will let you know which part of your body to pay more attention to.

Unlock all joints

In this step, the main thing is to unblock all the joints, which are important points to know if the muscles are relaxed. Begin by doing rotational movements, back and forth; extension, which is when the arms are raised or the elbows are extended; and bending. These three movements help you relax. The idea is that you do this step in the areas of your body that you previously identified as being much more abused.

Five options to start practicing in Bogotá

One of the recommended academies in Bogotá is the aforementioned I Belong, which also offers classes on its virtual platform with a monthly or annual fee. This is an option that has been growing in the pandemic, since people prefer not to go to public places. There is also Happyyoga; a third option is Yoga Viva; the fourth is Evolation Yoga Colombia; and the fifth The Art of Living, which was founded by Ravi Shankar, humanitarian leader and peace ambassador.


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