A couple of you may have caught my earlier blog on the art of rising off the floor... no hands, Ma!
Something that sounds so ridiculously easy to do, but is not an easy feat for those who have spent a lifetime seated in a chair... rather than on the floor... and to whom the term "squatting" means something done in a gym with weights.
My own inability to rise from the floor without the help of my hands, complicated by my scoliosis (twisted spine) and increasingly frozen hips, was a real wake up call.
Here I was spending countless hours in the gym, doing step aerobix, Zumba, weight lifting, yoga, Pilates, walking... but when it came to rising from the floor without using my hand... or even sitting on the floor comfortably in anything other than the staff pose... I couldn't do it. There was something really wrong with that. So I decided to do something about it.
That something started yesterday, when I ditched my computer chair and dragged my coffee table over to the computer in its place.
Turns out it was the perfect height... all it needed was some cushioning so that my bones weren't grinding into the wood. I used the existing chair cushion, and an unused throw from the couch.
Eventually, I'll be making a pillow the size of the coffee table top, which is a comfortable 32 inches square... allowing me to get into a variety of seated positions without hanging over the sides... or falling off!
Sitting here, with my feet and legs about me, rather than dangling beneath me, is without a doubt, one of the biggest physical challenges of my day.
Its kinda frightening how uncomfortable, how out of alignment and tight, my lower body is.
My feet fall asleep. My lower spine aches. I'm made aware I have tendons... in of all places my bottom! My IT band screams. My hips ache. My shins and ankle bones protest. I get up off my table like a cripple.
But I know from yin yoga classes, holding these positions on my table as I type, will eventually allow my tendons to relax, opening up the tight spots. My spine to relearn the flexibility it needs, allowing my body to achieve balance it can, despite my scoliosis. It will also get me up and moving, as you're supposed to do, every 20 minutes or so.
So in this new year of 2013, year of the Water Snake, my challenge to Self is going to learn how to sit and stay.
Who says an old dog can't learn new tricks?
Here's to identifying and overcoming your own challenges!
Here's a link to "what is yin yoga"? As well as a youtube.
Still sitting on my coffee table chair! Have played around with various padding but haven't come up with a comfortable cushion quite yet. I have found some loosening of my joints allowing me to achieve greater flexibility in yoga classes. I also have less stiffness in my joints for everyday moving around and functioning.
Don't get me wrong... its NOT comfortable sitting here!
Which means I now take frequent breaks from the computer... which just happens to be another Good Thing.
Here's to Good Things in your own life and living your intentions...
Thought I'd have made more progress with this, but its still uncomfortable sitting here in on the coffee table. I found that a small persian rug was the most comfortable thing to sit on. I also sit on a yoga block and a low pillow to change things up. The upside is that since its uncomfortable to sit here, I'm taking more computer breaks which is better for the eyes.
I have noticed in yoga that I require only a rolled blank support in the "pigeon" pose under my bent leg... I used to have to use a yoga block... and figure my sitting here must be partially responsible.