If you’re at all like me, you find yourself feeling slightly bloated and slightly lethargic mid-work day. Whether it’s a gluten intolerance (and you just couldn’t avoid the morning office muffins), lactose intolerance, or just stress, you might feel bloated and tired after lunch and sitting at your desk all morning.
You know what can help? Squeezing in a yoga practice post-lunch, even if you only have 10 to 30 minutes. If you are fortunate enough to work close to home or to Mode 8 Yoga and Fitness, or you need to set up a mat in your office or a nearby gym, the payoff is amazing.
Here are 5 benefits to Yoga at lunchtime.
1. It increases mental clarity.
Any yogi knows yoga increases mental clarity. Lunchtime yoga is a great way to “kick start” your mind to focus on the future afternoon tasks at hand. Save tasks that require greater focus for the afternoon if you know if you’re going to practice that afternoon.
2. It provides a great mini workout and banishes bloat.
There always seems to be days when you just feel too exhausted to work out after work. Lunchtime yoga is a great way to sneak in a workout if you end up having one of those days. If you end up working out after work—even better! Also, try doing poses with twists—they’re great for detoxifying and speeding up digestion.