I didn’t realize how much time I spend sitting at my desk until last spring when it started to bother me. Not that I realized it. It wasn’t until I had full-blown sciatica that I put two-and-two together. The good news is that my sciattica isn’t bad and yoga has been a been a huge help. In part, yoga has helped because it has made me more aware.
It has made me aware of the fact that when I have a deadline to meet, I sit at my desk. A lot. Duh. That’s kind of obvious. But take a moment to observe. Sit as if you are sitting, working at your desk. Your legs are pulled in close to your chair. Your arms are angled to type. You’re in a tight little ball with a tiny little range of motion.
I tend to realize this on Monday and Wednesday mornings when I go to yoga and I’m as flexible as a saltine. Still, there are poses that help and, not surprisingly, they are the one that require a big stretch — triangle, warrior, pigeon (yes, pigeon), and, as much as I loathe it, downward dog. The above video shows the pigeon — the version we do in class is shown at 2:16.
I know yoga may not be your cup of tea but I hope that each of you has something that forces you to reach and stretch. Don’t wait until there’s a problem to begin sorting it out.
To find out how the yoga focus on “honoring your body” has made me more aware of honoring my writing, pop over and read today’s post at the Muffin.