Just a quick word on one the best postures to stretch hamstrings, glutes, calf muscles and, in my case, help relieve lordosis without making hardly any effort. This exercise has also had the unexpected side effect of doing flat bridges or pelvic tilts far easier in the mornings. I’ve been practising this pose for about three weeks now and I even look forward to it because it makes me feel better. Consult a doctor etc if you necessary before trying this.
Legs against the wall or Viparita Karani is an inversion posture and one of the easiest you can do. The benefits include relaxing the mind, easing stress, helping move fluid from the lower parts of the body especially if you’ve been sitting or standing all day.
It’s also said to regulate blood pressure and improve digestion.
Lie on the floor with your backside/ glutes close to or touching the bottom of a wall, and rest your legs flat against the wall. To get into the pose, it’s best to sit sideways on and then lift your legs as you turn to face the wall before inching yourself closer. (Check a yoga book or class or the internet for photos and videos).
If you haven’t done this before and find the stretch too awkward or difficult, begin by lying a few inches away from the wall. In your own time, over a few days or weeks, you can gradually move closer to the wall.
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My new chair. No, I haven’t seen one like it before either
The title of this post is aimed at myself as I have, yet again, neglected my website for a fair while. In fact the last time I wrote was on 23rd of April.
Since then I’ve managed to do a few things although nowhere near as many as I should, hence the need for discipline and effort (I’m not sure in which order so I’ll go for both together).
Since returning from China I began a new day job that involves sitting at a desk all day in front of a computer which has had detrimental effect on my typing which was never that great.
I still play Candy Crush, usually after work for five evenings a week, and a bit at the weekends.
I discovered a new yoga posture that I’ve been doing every night before going to bed and which is the best posture to help relieve my lordosis (Legs up against the wall pose or for those in the know Viparita Karani). More on this in the next post.
I bought a small leather bag/wallet for my phone so it’s less likely to be dropped on the ground. (An idiot in China dropped it within two hours of it being out of its box).
I bought a new e-reader (yes, it’s one of Amazon’s) and a small bag to put it in.
I bought a new 200-page notebook (£1) which will include all sorts in an attempt to put more organisation into my life.
New notebook and e-reader
I also bought an office chair. I bought it really quickly (too quickly) from someone who wanted to offload it, and I think I might have been ripped off. (But after sitting in a far more comfortable chair all day at a desk with a cut-out front, the last thing I want to do sit down on any chair). As you can see, I like my chair so much I haven’t even taken the plastic cover off.
I also bought a new pair of walking shoes for autumn/winter.
And I did a tiny bit of editing.
For two hours over lunchtime today I tidied my desk so it’s less cluttered than before.
The above list is an attempt to find the positive in the not very productive period of the past several months.
Whatever you’re doing in life, I hope you’ve managed to achieve some of your goals.