Years ago when I was a student at University, I was also a student of Yoga. I learned and I practised asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathing techniques) with diligent focus and integrity. So much so, that I even managed to train for a year to acquire a Yoga teacher training diploma.
One thing led to another and my eager enthusiasm in the practice of Yoga fizzled out. I find that parenthood has led to the reawakening of some of my long forgotten pursuits. Writing, for one. Yoga is another one to make it to the list of gradual awakenings.
It must be something to do with the acute awareness of one’s body and its associated aches and pains that come into sharp focus when your five year old tries to rugby tackle you. Aargh! Even the memory of that tangle is painful. Gentle Yogic postures and stretches, I suddenly recalled, are an excellent solution to this problem of a knotty neck and sore limbs.
I bet I am not alone with this oft overlooked problem of a sedentary lifestyle and long hours of slouching over a computer keyboard. Occupational health reminds us to take screen breaks at induction and at every annual refresher. If you, like me, are a work-from-home person with no recourse to occ health naggings, then you just forget about those breaks. Until that moment when those overwrought muscles wrench into spasm.
I now make a conscious effort to stop and stretch for at least five minutes every hour that I am sat at a screen. That includes the phone as well. Don’t tell me those thumbs don’t hurt with all that texting and scrolling!
It is never too late to put an action plan into place. Check out these really simple and easy to do Yoga poses put together by Furniture at Work. You can practise them at your desk, sat in your chair. All you need is to remember to take that break. Put a reminder on your phone if you have to. We have alerts set up for everything else. Now is the time to set one for what really matters. You!