Monday, July 4, 2011

Challenge 13 - Asanas for Multitasking

This post is inspired by learning more about the effects of television watching, aka sedentary lifestyle, on health, development, and children. (WebMD, NYT Blog) Children should limit their time watching tv and playing on the computer. But then big kids, aka adults, should too. If you have to watch television then use the time to stretch and work on hard poses. I love watching tv so no guilt for indulging.

Challenge: Move and stretch during your sedentary times.

Application (Stretches) - Seated poses listed:
  • Bound Angle or Cobbler's - bottoms of feet touching and keys to ground (groin & hips)
  • Staff - legs straight out in front and arms straight down side body (hamstrings)
  • Hero - sitting on heels and tuck heels between sit bones (thighs, ankles & hips)
  • Prep for Lotus Pose - one leg straight, other foot crossed over thigh (hips, knees)
  • Seated Pose with Spinal Twist (spine, organs)
Go Above and Beyond: Incorporate any standing pose to strengthen legs
  • Mountain 
  • Low Lunge
  • High Lunge and with Prayer Twist 

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