Throughout my childhood, in public, my mom did full-on exercises complete with guttural breathing. Her worst offenses were during times of stagnancy. While standing in line at very important stores in our local mall, she would shamelessly hand me her purse as she began a flagrant stretching routine. With each deep exhale and leg thrust she would further jeopardize my standing as a decently respectable member of my middle school.
Who knew when she would strike next? Sitting in the movie theater? Walking through our town’s only grocery store? No place was safe. In these moments of utter embarrassment, I swore I would never engage in these acts of social blasphemy. Oh how time has changed me. Now I get what she was doing and find her unabashed moves towards wellness inspirational.
It is with great reluctance that I prepare to betray my pre-teen self: here are some sneaky ways you can use physical yoga principals to invigorate your body while doing 6 humdrum activities (publicly or privately).
1. Sitting – Rest evenly on your sitting bones. Lengthen through your spine. Line-up your head over your tailbone (most people tend to lean forward). Try not to rely on the back of the chair to keep your torso upright; use your back and abdominal muscles instead. Place feet squarely on the floor and align your knees directly over your ankles.