While this is great for efficiency and the marketplace, it wreaks havoc on our bodies and health. Studies have shown that sitting for prolonged periods of time increases your chances for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, obesity, depression and is the number one culprit for back pain. This is the world we live in today; we can't all quit our desk jobs in pursuit of health and happiness, but we can begin to add movement to our otherwise sedentary ways.
When we sit all of our organs, veins, muscles, bones and tendons get compressed, slowing down all the systems of our bodies and decreasing range of motion in our joints. Hence its contribution to the aforementioned diseases. The practice of yoga is perfect for counterbalancing these adverse effects. Yoga exercises, linked with breath, increase our space internally by calming the mind, lengthening and strengthening the muscles and increasing circulation. There are many variations of poses you can do right at your desk; there is no need for a yoga mat or clothes, therefore there is no excuse for not doing it.
Kumi is a New York based yoga teacher, massage therapist, and holistic health coach with over ten years of teaching experience. She is the owner of Kumara Wellness and a founding member of Yoga For Bad People. Kumi completed her first teacher training in 2003 with Desiree Rumbaugh in the method of Anusara. She has studied extensively with some of the best in her field.
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