Warrior II with a chair is great when you want to re-focus, need some confidence or want to stretch your hips and legs, especially after pressing on a rheostat for a while.
Using a chair with wheels is not ideal since it can be unstable, but virtually any chair will do. I suggest you try this at work and do it while a patient is getting numb or before you head out for lunch, and definitely at the end of the clinical day!
- Start seated with your butt at the edge of the chair but toward the middle of the seat.
- Pivot your torso so that you can sit on your right side.
- Open your left hip to the left side so your left leg is straight, off the chair and behind you.
- Angle your left foot in towards your midline so that your left ankle is behind your left toes.
- Keep your right foot on the floor and your sit bones on the chair.
- Place a yoga block (or lab box, if you’re at work) under your right foot if it doesn’t reach the floor.
- If your bottom is lifting off the chair, place a yoga blanket or a pillow underneath your bum and settle into the pose. If you’re doing this while in the office, towels or a rolled up lab coat work well.
- Stretch your arms out into a T with palms facing down.
- Gaze over your right hand and hold the pose for 3-5 breaths.
Come back to center and perform the same steps on the left side.
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