I Sit Too Much

This morning, I was emailed an article about sitting from a friend who’s a Postural Realignment Specialist- guess what? It’s not too good for you. When I had him analyze my posture, he found that one of my shoulders is pinched, I’m slightly knock kneed and I slouch a bit. And that’s unfortunately when I think I’m standing up straight. This mornings email about sitting really reminded me of how much I’ve been sitting compared to before I moved- and how much I need to keep up with my posture exercises.

I’m still adjusting to Maine weather, and I’ve certainly spent more time indoors than I’d like to admit. I’m definitely planning on spending lots of time outdoors come Springtime- especially with working the land, getting the garden and greenhouse set up and getting the cabin built.

Some suggestions he has include watching television while standing or doing some exercises, mainly doing standing exercises as opposed to stationary cycling (unless you’re wheelchair bound), going for walks, or getting a standing desk. He even says that standing 20 minutes for every hour sitting at a desk working would make a difference.

It’s noon and I’ve been testing this theory since I woke up around 8am. I’ve taken it farther, by only sitting 20 minutes before getting up to do something. So far, my apartment is tidier, I’ve done squats, lunges and wall push ups and I’ve been drinking a lot of water. I did watch a movie while exercising, so I don’t know how well I’ll do when trying to read. Overall, in order to improve my health, I think I’m gonna get up and move around more.

Here’s the article:
http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-12218/5-easy-ways-to-sit-less-feel-better-live-longer.html

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12 Days of Yoga: Child’s Pose

My favorite restorative pose: Balasana or Child’s Pose as it is more commonly referred to.

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(Image Source: Yoga Journal)

When I first started yoga, Child’s Pose was difficult for me to get comfortable in because, of all things, my feet were tight. However, my feet became more flexible as I attempted this pose and it has become very comfortable!

This move can be used at the beginning of a practice or to wind down at the end. It in itself is an opening pose, so it is the ideal pose to prepare you for a whole practice, or to help you unwind after your practice.

In order to come down into Child’s Pose, from all fours, bring your feet together and knees slightly wider than hip width. Sit back on your feet with the tops of your feet pressing into the mat. Hinging from the hips, fold forward over your thighs, letting your torso fall between them if you are flexible enough. Rest your forehead on your mat, your hands or a block/blanket if you need height. Allow your hands and arms to relax in front of you or at your sides.

Of the many benefits to this pose, the main are the stretching and opening of the hips, the knees and the back. There is also the added emotional benefit of taking a deep breath and simply allowing the stretch to take over and relax your whole body.

Be safe and mindful, have fun and namaste!

Reference:
Stephens, M. “Yoga Sequencing”. North Atlantic Books; Berkeley, 2012.