Yoga counters discomfort from chronic commuting and computing

It is an all too common scenario - we rush through our morning, drive in hectic traffic, shoulders hunched, hands clenched on the wheel, and brows furrowed in concentration, only to arrive at our desk where we will sit most of the day. Our bodies suffer in countless ways because of our fast-paced way of life. Sitting for extended periods of time results in tightness in the hips, shortened hamstrings, sciatica, as well as tension in the low back, shoulders, and neck.

How yoga helps -

"A powerful antidote to the stresses of modern-day life, yoga is a practical philosophy that aims to unite the body, mind, and spirit for health and fulfillment. A fit and supple body can be developed through the practice of postures [that] work on all the bodily systems, toning the muscles, stimulating the circulation and improving overall health. The benefits are not just physical: as the postures are mastered and ­techniques introduced for relaxation and breath control, you will find that yoga has the power to calm the mind, increase your concentration and give the ability to cope with tension" (2013).

Some physical benefits from a yoga practice include -

  • strengthens and tones lower extremities

  • opens and stabilizes hips

  • relives tension in neck and shoulders

  • lengthens and strengthens spine

  • builds endurance

  • improves flexibility

  • improves balance

Mental benefits include -

  • relieves stress

  • calms mind with mindful and deep breathing techniques

  • improves concentration

Yoga Benefits the Body and Mind. Occupational Health, Jun 07, 2013.

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