3 quick tips to break out of your chair-body

Woman seated in an office chair, twisting into a seated spinal twist
Hip and spine chair stretch

I’m not entirely *against* sitting….I just don’t like how much of my time is spent in a chair or on the couch these days! I know many of you have turned your homes into offices and classrooms, and your options for getting out of the house are limited. Even in non-pandemic times, we can find ourselves seated more hours than we realize: commuting, working at a computer, watching television etc. And if you’re a pet owner, and said pet decides they want to be on your lap, well, then you’re really stuck, right?

We have a focus this month at Bliss to include techniques to alleviate stiffness, stagnation, weakness, and soreness that comes from sitting for long periods of time. Whether you come for yoga, core development, or fitness classes, you’ll be treated with specially crafted activities to align with the theme.

In the meantime, I have 3 quick and easy tips to make you feel renewed in less than 5 minutes. The last one is especially unique.  

Give these a try (it’s only 5 minutes!) I’d love to hear what you think!

  1. Breathe! Have you ever noticed your breath becoming shallow while scrolling through your inbox? Or possibly even holding your breath while working on something difficult? Where is your breath right now? Is it way up at the top of your chest? Try taking long, slow, luxurious breaths through your nose and expanding down deep into your belly. Release that breath just as slowly and effortlessly. Match your inhale and exhale durations for a count of 4 or 5, whatever feels soothing. This will calm your nervous system and make you feel less stabby. 
  2. Stretch! OK, you saw this one coming a mile away, didn’t you? It’s funny though, no matter how much better we know a good stretch will make us feel, we often just forget to do it (same goes for foam rolling). I made a super short (1 minute!) video of a sequence of 3 stretches you can do right in your chair. 
  3. Look! How many hours have you spent with your eyes focused in near range? Your eye muscles need some exercise and relief, too! Get up, walk to a window, or out your door and find something way off in the distance and focus on it. What’s the farthest away detail that you can make out? Take in your surroundings and be reminded that there is indeed a world outside your 4 walls. Combine this gaze with your breath pacing in tip 1 and relish the feeling of expansion.

If you’ve been on the fence about coming to our virtual classes, or have fallen out of your routine (totally understandable!) we are running a limited time special just for you! We’re adding 3 bonus classes to our 10 pack! Sale ends Friday 9/25

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