Category Archives: Yoga
In today’s screen-centric culture, nearly everything we do – from working for hours at the computer to looking up movie times on smartphones – invites our upper bodies to round forward. And daily life rarely offers opportunities to strech up and arch back.
As a result, many people develop a near-constant hunched posture, which can contribute to back and neck pain as well as headaches.
Americans average more than 100 hours a year commuting to work, with the typical rush-hour trip lasting 25 minutes, according to U.S. Census data. For many commuters, that’s 25 (or 50) tense minutes a day. If your drive time leaves you feeling tense, it probably leaves your back, spine, and neck feeling like a three-car pile up. “Commuting is becoming the most stressful part of our day,” says Darrin Zeer, author of Travel Yoga: Stretches for Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and More! “Waiting at traffic stop lights makes us uncomfortable and edgy.” Not to mention stiff. Too much travel time can do a number on the body from the head to the feet. Zeer suggests using the time you spend sitting in traffic not fuming but decompressing your car cramp.
Whether you’re up to your ears with shopping, working, visiting or hosting, you’ll enjoy this season more if you’re relaxed and aware. It’s easy to get caught up in the busy-ness, become stressed and miss the fun.
Give yourself a relaxing break with this Sun Breath exercise. This simple move will work for you in multiple ways: