Seated versions of yoga poses are a great option for helping stay limber when sitting for extended periods of time. The sitting version of the Eagle Pose is primarily a shoulder stretch but some people also find that it improves low back pain.
- Cross your right thigh over your left thigh. If you can, wrap the right foot all the way around the left calf.
- Cross your left arm over the right one at the elbow. Bend the elbows and bring your palms to touch.
- Lift the elbows while dropping the shoulders away from the ears. Hold for five seconds, ensuring that you are taking deep breaths during that time.
- Repeat on the other side.
- If you find that crossing your legs and ankles causes stress to your lower back, you can modify the exercise to be solely a shoulder stretch. Skip the part where you cross your legs and only focus on the arms and shoulders, as I have in the image below.
Please speak to your provider before starting any new exercise regimen.