Thursday, December 1, 2011

Yoga for the Exhausted Post-Painting Mover

It's been almost seven years since I last moved house. Apparently, that's the amount of time it takes to forget how freaking sore your entire body gets from painting/moving/whatever this process is. Yeah...I remember now and it ain't good.

So in case anyone's in the same boat, may I suggest the following yoga assists. They'll be brief because I've gotta get back to doing them myself. ;)

Problem: Mid-Upper Back (aka painting muscles).
Yoga Assist: Eagle/Garudasana

This can be done sitting or standing. Though why you'd still be standing after standing up and painting all day is beyond me. I just did this slumped on the couch and it worked.

Bring your palms and elbows together at a 90-degree angle in front of you. If this is enough of a stretch, stay here. Otherwise, drop your right elbow below your left, and twine the backs of your forearms and palms together. Stay for eight breaths and release. Reverse the arms (left below right) and repeat.

Problem: Lower Back (aka lifting muscles).
Yoga Assist: Janu Sirsasana

Sit on the floor and bring the sole of your left foot into your right groin. Stagger your hips so the left (bent knee side) is slight behind the right. Sit tall. Bring the right forearm inside the right shin and arc the left arm high over your head and then reach over your head and in front of you.

Also try Child's Pose (Balasana) Kneel on the floor and sit back on your heels. Bring your toes together and keep the knees a bit wider than the hips. Rest your forehead on a block or your stacked hands.

Hope that helps! Now back to it...resting I mean. Not painting. No more painting.

Until tomorrow...{vodka shot} {hot shower} {sleep}

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