As our time to look at the computer screen increases, we are advised to take our eyes off the screen and look into the distance regularly. Similarly, while we work at the desk for a long time in the same position, our body needs exercises to balance the way we use our body. Even if we are not supposed to move around in the office for this purpose, we can still do something quietly at our own desk.
Here are some examples shown in a Masahiro Oki’s book, ‘Daily Life Yoga’.
1. The common important point in these exercises is to move on exhalation. So, breath in through your noses before taking an action, and breathe out through noses while taking the action. Hold the position you have reached for a second or two with your mind focused on doing exercises, and then, come back to the neutral position as breathing in, followed by moving out for the second go or to the other direction as breathing out. Repeat this process.
2. If you notice one side feels more difficult to do, do this side for some additional times.
3. Also, please combine different kinds of movements. In Okido Yoga, we say ‘Cover 5 types of movement in one series of exercises. These are twisting, side-stretching, bending forwards and backwards, moving up and down, and opening/closing the ribcage and pelvis.
Bearing these 3 points in mind, please create movements to maintain balance of your body use.
‘Harmonise body’s movement, breathing and mental focus’ —– this is the key point of yogic exercises, which aim to unite the body and mind. With this principle, daily movements can be yogic exercises.