Sunday, September 16, 2012
Observing ourselves in the chair - 1
Try my test to find out how conscious you are about your habits.
Don’t change a thing about how you are now sitting. Try not to respond physically to what you notice.
Here’s a checklist.
· Points of contact with the floor, chair and desk
· Any tight or sore spots
· Your breath
· Your jaw, tongue and eyes
You might spend 2-3 minutes on this list.
Only now, ask what change is possible – without muscular effort.
Can you let go of something?
As I typed this blog, I noticed tension in my wrists – see what happens if you simply ask for release.
· Your posture in relation to the computer screen
· Where the ceiling and walls/partitions are
· Your emotional state
Will you remember to do this?
Is there a good time in the day to check in on yourself? Perhaps just before each major break – say lunchtime.
Self-observation really makes sense when lying in semi-supine position. You have no reason to be tensing muscles unnecessarily. 10 minutes will reveal to you much about where you are holding tension. See my blog about Resting the Back.
Sustain the practice
Improving your self-awareness, and consequently your daily habits, will require sustained effort.
Consider a series of private lessons, my group classes, or discuss with me options for an activity in your workplace.
This is not medical advice. Consult your doctor if you are suffering a medical condition.