These past few months I’ve been spending a lot more time at my computer than I’m used to. You’d be surprised how much typing, emailing and zoom calls are involved in being a yoga teacher/musician. :) Or maybe not, maybe you’re experiencing exactly the same thing during the lockdown.
Lucky for me, I actually enjoy all the “behind the scenes” stuff as well as teaching. But it means that I’ve traded hours and hours of sitting in rehearsal or a concert holding the flute for hours and hours of sitting at the computer with my hands glued to the keyboard. In other words one sedentary one-sided position for another.
THE UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTH
But here’s the truth, there is no one perfect posture! Let me say that again, there is no one perfect posture. I can just imagine your expression. No perfect posture? But we talk about posture so often! Here’s what I mean by that statement – yes, there are things you can do to improve your posture but even the best possible posture held for a long time will eventually start causing you trouble.
WHAT TO DO
So what to do? Change your posture regularly! Remember, your body has evolved to move. You want to be responsive, not passive.
I personally alternate between sitting at my desk, kneeling, or sitting cross-legged at my coffee table for admin tasks, standing for online flute teaching, or sitting on my couch for the more creative tasks. But it doesn’t end there. Take breaks between practicing and do some stretches. Go out to stretch your legs or do a little bedroom dance to Beyonce. :) Choices are endless.
WE’RE ALL HUMAN
And please know, my fellow musician, that I’m saying this as much to myself as I am to you. We’re all human and we need a reminder from time to time even for the things that we know deep down we really should make time for.
Yoga is one of the wonderful ways to indulge your back and learn more about posture. Would you like to be individually guided through this practice? I’m offering private sessions! Jump on a free consultation call with me to see if we’re a good fit.