With lockdown forcing us all to work from home and with gyms and studios closed, the Mangoes have turned to at-home workouts to help us stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Following suit with much of the UK, at home yoga has been the go-to exercise of choice, which is why we are delighted to be working with Bulldog Online.
Bulldog Online is a completely new type of yoga platform whose founder, the businessman and co-owner of Bankside Hotel Jon Cummins, describes it being “yoga for non-yogis.” Created out of his own love of the physical benefits of yoga but dislike of the traditional yogi vibes, Jon was inspired to create an online platform that would make yoga more approachable, affordable, accessible and fun.
Offering varied and dynamic online classes with upbeat playlists, Bulldog’s online classes are recorded live – offering a virtual feeling of being in the studio, but with the reality of being in your own judgement-free home. No sanskrit, no chanting, no intimidation. Bulldog’s mission is for people to do what they can and not worry about “being good at yoga.”
How to reduce ‘Zoom fatigue’
For the past three months we’ve had our fair share of Zoom calls and webinars. Although these have been vital in keeping us connected, they are tiring. Being on video call requires more than face-to-face chat – we need to work harder to process non-verbal cues like facial expressions, tone of voice and body language. We are also hyper-aware of what we look like and how we come across as we are forced to view ourselves on camera; paying close attention to all this can really zap our energy.
As well as helping to keep our bodies strong and our minds sane, Bulldog’s training director Tessa Jenkins has shown the us the poses we need to do at our desk to relieve the dreaded ‘Zoom fatigue.’
Here are three poses that can be done at your desk to improve posture and help us stay awake and most importantly for these times, stay calm!
Pose 1 – Seated cat cow
We often slump forward when we are seated for a long time and if our computers are too low, which is often the case at home. As you sit at your desk place your hands on the desk and round your back like a “halloween cat” and let all the air out of your lungs then pull your chest forward and squeeze your shoulder blades together and take a big breath and fill up your lungs. Do several sets of these, it allows flexion and extension of your spine but also allows some rhythmic breath to bring in some fresh air and wake you up!
Pose 2 – Seated / Chair Pigeon
Sit tall in your chair and cross one ankle over the opposite thigh. Take a deep breath in and as you exhale hinge at the hips and lower your chest as close to your lower leg as possible. Hands can rest on your chair or on the desk. When we sit for a long time our hamstrings and pelvic muscles can get tight this pigeon can relieve some of that tightness and create a little more ease while you sit.
Pose 3 – Seated meditation
Sit resting back on the chair and close your eyes. This can give a rest to tired eyes after staring at a computer during the day. Do a body scan mediation to check in with each part of your body from your toes to the crown of your head. Checking in with your body along with focusing on breath work can give your mind and eyes a break so you can be ready for the next meeting in a matter of minutes!