How to Stand at Your Standing Desk + Working from HomeJul 8, 2020
See my post “All Movement is Yoga” to contextualize this one.
So, you’re already doing yoga all day every day by joining your awareness with the present moment. Maybe you’re ready to go beyond simply being aware of your existing habits and start changing them, moving toward more physical alignment and diversity of movement to keep you strong and healthy.
We all know that sitting all day, in chairs, isn’t awesome for our bodies. It does lots of bad things. Standing at a standing desk is better, but of course, standing all day isn’t great, either. Doing one thing for most of the hours in the day is what we want to avoid. This is a pretty yogic concept: awareness meets moderation. Know your limits and respect them; give your body what it needs in each new moment.
To that end, you might like to do yoga all day at work by setting up a workstation that allows you to stand, sit, and sit on the floor, moving between many positions all day long. That would be a great place to start. It’s even easier to do if you’re working from home!
Here are some tips:
- Set up a workstation that works with you instead of against you. Elevate your computer so that you can stand up while you work; take breaks to sit on the floor in various positions, and utilize yoga props or items around the house to support yourself in positions that are chair-free. When you sit on the floor, you are less supported than when you sit in a chair, so you’re more likely to change your position, increasing the movements you can take in during the day. You can also stretch while you sit. The floor is generally a better choice than chairs, but don’t shy away from propping yourself up on blankets, blocks, or bolsters. Avoid a tucked pelvis: sit right on your ischial tuberosities (sitting bones) and keep it neutral.
- Read this blog post from Katy Bowman for a thorough primer on the key alignment points of the lower body while standing. Use these all day long, especially at your standing desk.
- Read this blog post from Katy for upper body alignment. Ribs down!
- Take frequent walking breaks, even (especially) if they’re short.
- Practice awareness by listening to what your body is telling you: aches and pains mean something. They usually mean “change that behavior!” Tune in, and move around as much as you can.
- Breathe deeply.