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Under pressure: How slouching is taking a toll on us and what we can do about it right away!

It's hard to avoid. We may not even realize we are doing it. It's far more common that you might think.


What am I talking about?


SLOUCHING!

                                       

We have only to look at this very telling photo to get a clear picture of what is happening to our spines when we slouch.

                               

On the right we have Mr Blue, a shining example of strong posture. Notice how well aligned he is: ears over shoulders, shoulders stack over hips. This is the natural alignment of our spine; the one that allows easy movement, support for the spine, free flow of oxygen and energy.

On the left we have Mr Green: in the classically rounded over computer position. Notice how far forwards his shoulders are, not to mention his head! In a slouched C curve like this the amount of...

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Does working a desk give you lower back pain? Then it might be time to lunge and squat!

 

Spending a significant portion of our day seated can take a toll on us in many ways. One area of our body that is often effected is our lower back, that can get stiff and painful without regular movement.

Couple this with tension in the surrounding muscles: hip flexors, hamstrings and lower back muscles plus the extra pressure on the spine when seated and we could have a problem on out hands: LOWER BACK PAIN!

So what can we do?

SQUAT!!

Research shows us that doing hip flexor stretches combined with holding a deep squat is a powerful way to maintain lower back, hip and ankle mobility.

In just as few as 10 minutes a day we can go a long way towards keeping our spines healthy and pain free!

Mobility expert Kelly Starrett suggests that we start with 10 one minute squats every day, working our way up to a 10 minute hold.

Eventually, we want to work our way up to a more balanced ratio of time spent sitting, to time spent mobilizing our body….but we have to start...

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4 Ways that Yoga Helps You Avoid Getting Sick!

At certain times of the year it seems like everyone around us is sniffling and sneezing right? With colds and flus going around like crazy it is so important that we do everything we can to stay healthy and keep our immune systems strong!

Remember the saying: "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure"? Well it's true! The more that we can do on a regular basis to keep our vitality high the better, which means we will get sick less often and recover more quickly when we do.

Since it effects our body on many levels simultaneously, Yoga is an extremely powerful tool for boosting our immunity and keeping us feeling great. The key of course is to practice it on a regular basis to get maximum benefits and keep everything running optimally.

Curious how taking Yoga Breaks can help you avoid the sniffles, aches and fevers of cold and flu season?

Check out 4 ways Yoga helps you helps you avoid getting sick:

  • Yoga helps to bring stress levels down to reduce inflammation and reduce...
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Lessons from my latest travel adventure!

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Recently, I was so fortunate to be able to take 3 weeks off and travel to Canada, Ireland and Spain! I love to travel and explore the world so it was an absolutely wonderful experience. I believe that travel allows us to see ourselves and the world in a new way. Our eyes and hearts open to new sights, smells and experiences. These moments leave us feeling connected, inspired, expansive but also humbled by the vastness of life.

Ultimately, regardless of creed or color we are all so very alike. We love yummy food, delicious drinks, to sing, dance, and chat with friends, tell stories, be heard, be seen, to explore. And we all look more beautiful when we smile: eyes light up and hearts brighten and open.

Here are a few other nuggets from this latest adventure:

If you get the chance, visit the homeland of your clan. You might be surprised at how much of the culture and personality you already embody even if you have never lived there. Being in Ireland was a fascinating...

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Try this easy move you can do at your desk to ease neck and shoulder pain

Do you upper back or neck pain when working at your desk? So many of us do!

Part of the reason for this is because when we are working on the computer we tend to slouch: letting our shoulders and head roll forward. This takes us out of the natural S curve of the spine into a rounded C curve.  When this happens our muscles have to work harder to hold us upright and our head gets heavier and heavier.

In fact, for every inch your head moves forward of your shoulders it’s weight increases by approximately 10 pounds! 

This extra weight means the upper back and neck muscles have to work extra hard leading to extra tension and discomfort. This extra work can drain our energy and zap our productivity. This makes it extra important to take Yoga Breaks throughout our day to reset our posture and ease the impact of sitting. Click here to learn more about the effects of sitting on our bodies, minds, and spirit.

Watch this quick video to learn a move you can do right away to...

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Celebrate Posture Month with 50% off the ABC’s of Strong Posture Workshop

Sit up straight, stand up tall….you’ve probably heard this advice SO many times right? And for good reason! Posture is so important, so important that it now has its own month, May! May is Postural Awareness Month, so I’ll be sharing lots of tips and tricks to help you strengthen your posture.

Want to learn more about posture and why it's so important? Check out this short Facebook Live I did on the topic!

 

 

Slouchy sitting and bad tech habits are a common cause of back and neck pain, as well as headaches, and are a major drain on your energy. So what can we do about it? Learn the ABC’s of Strong Posture in my fun and interactive workshop!

From May 1-30th I am offering 50% off this fun and interactive workshop that will teach your team:

  • the key elements of posture so they can sit taller with less pain and tension
  • how to use their breath to lower stress and boost energy
  • tools and tips to integrate into their workday immediately

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Why should you do stretching exercises at your desk? To prevent sitting disease!

Did you know that the average American spends about 55% of their waking hours every day sitting??? 

This adds up to almost 8 hours everyday sitting, and this finding is on the low end, with other studiesthat many people are sedentary (ie: not moving) for 12 or more hourseveryday. WOWZERS!!

So what does this all this sitting mean for your health?

Remember how we talked about how Sitting is the New Smoking ie: how all that time parked in a chair is not only wreaking havoc on your derriere, but also your health? Well unfortunately, it’s true and it even has its own name: SITTING DISEASE!  “The growing body of research on sitting disease has found a strong correlation between long periods of sitting and elevated risk of illness or injury.” YIKES!!!…..like what you might be asking yourself???? 

It turns out that sitting for so long everyday puts someone at a higher risk for:

  • weight gain (especially around the midsection where it poses a higher...
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FREE 5 day “Desk Yoga” Challenge starts April 22nd!

Did you know that taking short Yoga Breaks throughout your workday is a great way to:
  • ease the chronic tension in your neck and shoulders
  • strengthen your core muscles for better posture
  • balance the effects of chronic sitting
 
Within just a few deep breaths Yoga Breaks help to boost your productivity by:
  • lowering your stress levels
  • keeping your brain alert and sharp
  • boosting your creativity and focus
 
AWESOME RIGHT?
 
I’m so excited to help you get into the habit of taking Yoga Breaks throughout the day with this FREE 5 Day “Desk Yoga” Challenge!!!
 
Sign up by HERE:👇🏽
http://bit.ly/takeayogabreak to get your challenge worksheet!
 
Each day at 7am HST/10amPST/1pmEST  in my  Yoga at My Desk Tribe I will be going live to show you 1 stretch and 1 strengthening move for a different area of your body, plus a breathing exercise to help you focus and quiet your mind!
 
Then once you have done the...
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What drives me to do what I do? Learn more in this Podcast episode!

I am excited to share that I was recently featured as a Stand Out Expert on the Stand Out Be You Podcast! Take a listen to learn more about my journey as an entrepreneur and how I became interested in helping people integrate the tools of Yoga into their workday.

Yoga is such a powerful way to help you move, stretch, breathe to boost your energy, lower your stress levels and increase your focus for more productivity. And Im excited to share these tools with you!

Are you here on Maui? Learn more about my different in person Workplace Wellness services HERE .

Want to learn how to take Yoga Breaks at your desk? Check out the Yoga at My Desk Online Course  or join the Yoga at My Desk Tribe on FaceBook HERE.

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Remember how much fun recess was as a kid? It turns out adults need them too!

Do you remember how much joy you felt when you heard the recess bell sound? Hooray, time to go outside to play!

And within an instant everyone would grab their snacks and head outside to skip, play ball, talk, whatever. Wasn’t it fun?

Spoiler alert: 

It turns out that recess really wasn’t all fun and games, it actually serves a purpose! 

According to research from Georgia State University, the brain can only focus for 45-50 minutes at a time. In order for it to regain focus, it needs novelty and downtime to process information at high speeds again.

Interesting right?

While you thought you were just out there having fun you were actually:

  • increasing oxygen and blood flow to your brain
  • improving your balance and motor function
  • building healthy muscles and joints
  • lowering stress levels
  • enhancing your hormonal balance and overall well-being

When you returned back to class after this “brain break” (aka: recess ;)) research...

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Are your neck and shoulders sore and tight from sitting for long hours?

Try this 10 minute "Yoga at My Desk" video to relieve this tension, help you sit taller, and give you a boost of energy and focus right at your desk!