Photo: Josh Semans
How To Sit Up
Weekend Edition: Sitting
BY THE MAGAZINE STAFF
When we feel exhausted, the last thing that seems possible much less useful is putting effort into sitting up.
Collapsing the upper body interferes with blood circulation into our tissues and organs. Slouching and slumping translate into body chemistry. We fatigue easily and our personal feelings of well being and confidence are overshadowed by torpor. We just feel tired and maybe even cranky.
By contrast, opening the heart opens our intelligence and interest.
The heart is the seat of our engagement with the world. When our hearts aren’t supported by the infrastructure of spine and belly – our strength and instinct, or our work in the world and how we make sense of it – then caved-in organs signal the nervous system to withdraw, conserve and protect.
How to sit up: Watch Nicole
From our Yoga and Fitness Retreat for Healthy Living
Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health
The best evidence in this video isn’t the amazing change in body shape we can witness, it’s the accompanying extraordinary shift in energy we can observe in Nicole’s lovely face.
- sit with your knees below your hips
- press into your sit bones and tone the belly to support your back
- lengthen the torso out of the hips, lifting from behind your heart
Remember: don’t arch your back. The natural curves of your spine are beneficial to the disks and vertebrae.
The abdominal muscles work with the para – spinal muscles to lengthen the spine and lift and open the upper body. You can see refreshed breath move through Nicole’s whole being and light up her face as we restore energy circulation with an easy sitting technique.
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