How can beginners start their yoga journey at home, is it safe?
Absolutely! There's plenty of great videos for beginners out there to follow or ask friends for recommendations of a good teacher and book a private 1-2-1 zoom class. A teacher can help you build good habits straight away and learn the safest alignment for your body. If you have any major injuries or health conditions, I'd reach out to them beforehand to let them know. Beginners should definitely look up Yoga with Adriene on Youtube, she honestly changed my life, I started teaching because of her! Or I'd love to help with a private class too! My top tip for beginners, pick the right video for your experience level, even if you are naturally fit and flexible, it's best to start slow and be mindful and careful.
What are the best movements to do if you've been spending long hours at temporary ‘at home’ desks?
Take movement breaks, think of them as movement snacks! Get up and move throughout the day, every hour at least. Great poses to help can be done from the chair. Some chair-based cat-cows can loosen the shoulders and expand the chest, to try and stop us from hunching forward so much. Chair pigeon as well, folding over one leg, to help awaken the glutes that have got tight and lazy from sitting all day. I also really recommend standing behind your chair, extending your arms out strong and placing your hands on the back of the chair then letting your chest drop down between your arms. This is such a yummy movement to open the chest and release tension. If you're hopping onto a mat, I recommend backbends (particularly any pose targeting the thoracic spine) to reverse the slouching (think laying down with a block underneath your shoulder blades), neck releases, and also shoulder rolls - laying on the floor with one arm perpendicular and then carefully rolling towards it to release shoulders and chest. Prop with a cushion under head if needed, it feels divine!