I have been chatting with many students these past few weeks who have been asking for info about dealing with one injury or another. And what I have seen happening is during the class these things have been coming up on the mat. Whether you practice yoga often or not at all, we all live in the pre-programmed pattern of behavioural movement and sometimes the symptoms of this rise up – maybe in pain, or soreness or lethargy or one of any number of physical symptoms. The way we sit, the way we walk, the way we stand, our movements from Point A to Point B are all parts of these patterns of living.
I think of it like going to the dental hygienist when he/she does a cleaning and causes me pain. It’s not really them that is causing me pain but the way I’ve been living.
So change it up! This week’s challenge is to SIT outside the box. Many of the poses of yoga put the body into places and shapes that we do not normally live in. That can be alone or with others. But when at home (or at work or public) sit a different way to that you normally would. Sit on your heels or on the floor with feet together and knees apart. Cross your opposite leg over or lean on the other arm more. Whether watching TV or even just standing at the sink doing dishes – bring one foot up off the ground and stand on just one leg. Try it a couple of times in different places and spaces.
If we start to move our body in a different way in our normal lives, maybe things will change. Break the norm of this square seated existence!
Right now I’m in a half lotus forward fold with forearms on the desk typing for you! ;)