I don’t know about you, but when I used to work a corporate job I used to come home from a long day at the computer, with not a single bit of energy remaining. Sitting and working all day long was exhausting, even though I didn’t actually move my body.
I would have grandiose ideas of coming home to meditate and exercise, but I was just too tired. If I closed my eyes in lotus pose, I would probably fall over and pass out.
This daily fatigue came to mind a few weeks back when I spent a week out of town working at my laptop all day long (instead of teaching throughout my day). In just 5 days of computer work (sitting in a library with a work station I couldn’t control), my back and neck hurt far too much. I had huge plans to visit the local baseball stadium, or go to a concert, and yet I came home every evening tired and satisfied to just eat dinner and chillax.
It’s taken two weeks to recover from this one week of a corporate lifestyle. This week reminded me what it is like to be in the shoes of the millions of people who do what I did; sit and work at the computer for hours on end.
This habit just left me too tired to add self care into my already busy, over scheduled, over technologized day.
I want to share a simple breathing exercise that will offer you a lot of bang for your buck. This exercise kills two birds with one stone. It can get you two outs with one pitch. You get the picture.
Before I link the video, here are a few benefits from doing this easy, 30 second exercise:
Here is how it’s done:
Here is the video. Watch the whole thing as it shows the exercise in 3 angles.
Grab some pillows and give it a try. Email me back and let me know how it feels. Or if someone around you comments positively on your percussive, rhythmic breathing. Be sure to comment below!
Originally published at verticalign.com