For as long as I can remember, I’ve had back problems. I am built quite oddly you see – in the 5’7 frame of Ezmy, 5’3 of me is body (ok, slight exaggeration but you get the picture). I have no legs and a stupid long skinny back that couldn’t support rice cakes let alone an actual human body. The problems are nothing crazy serious mind you, just a lot of pinched nerves and there’s a disc issue in the middle somewhere that was diagnosed when I was in my early twenties and both my legs went numb. Frightening, but apparently not frightening enough to stop wearing five inch heels to work. The ability to tune out important information concerning one’s health when one is in their early twenties never ceases to amaze me.
Anyway, daily yoga practice helps immensely. It stretches and strengthens my back muscles and generally aligns me. However, immediately following yoga, I sit here in front of the computer, slouch over the keyboard and cross my legs in that lady-like, gonna get you vericous veins kind of way, thereby ruining any sense of alignment I felt before. Oddly, I never used to sit this way. When I was in school, I usually wrote papers and marked in lotus pose, a position I used to find most comforting. So today’s resolution: sit properly, with shoulders down and back straight but relaxed.
Ugh. Have you ever noticed how if you haven’t sat properly for ages, it’s actually harder to do? Slouching is ever so much easier…this is going to take some getting used to.