We are starting a series of exercises that can be completed while seated. These will help build your bank of exercises that can be done anywhere- at home, the office, waiting for an appointment, at the airport, etc. There’s no reason to not keep active and the movements over the next many weeks will target a wide variety of muscles and help keep you limber and strong.
Today’s exercise is the sun salutation. This seated variation targets the chest, back, and shoulders.
- Start by placing your feet firmly on the ground with your knees over your ankles and thighs parallel to the ground. In the image below, I should be seated forward more so that my feet are firm on the ground.
- If the chair you’re in doesn’t allow you to plant your feet flat on the ground, place a folded blanket, yoga block, or stepstool to lift your feet.
- Sit towards the edge of the seat and ensure sure you’re sitting up straight.
- Place your palms together at chest level and then slowly raise them upwards, “saluting” the sun.
- Slightly look upwards to gently stretch your neck.
- Hold to the count of three then lower your hands to your lap.
- Wait for one count and repeat.
- Repeat the steps 10-15 times.