Outside the chair

I love the swapping of words in the quote, “ Don’t just do something, sit there!”  It reminds me to slow down, pause and take time to “be.”
 
Right now though, I don’t want to just sit. I want to move!  I’ve been sitting all weekend in the Masters Program of Yoga Therapy.
 
The topic of sitting reminds me of a TED talk by Nilofer Merchant who says that we sit an average of 9.3 hours a day which contributes to chronic illness and disease.  Check out her TED talk here:

http://www.ted.com/talks/nilofer_merchant_got_a_meeting_take_a_walk.html.
 
To summarize her talk, one day at work a colleague of Merchant’s  needs to set up a meeting with her and  proposes that they meet and walk at the same time. Merchant thought this a bit odd, but was willing to give it a try and afterward took the idea up on her own. She now logs 20 to 30 miles a week walking while in meetings!
 
One thing that she discovered after walking and meeting with her colleague was that she could integrate her work obligations and her attention to her health.  Before the walking meeting, she thought of her work obligations and health as completely opposite and separate issues.
 
Yoga can help us see new connections and integrate ideas.  Yoga is about connection between body, breath and actions and connection between body, mind and spirit.  Yoga also informs us how to hold and integrate opposites.  For example finding steadiness and ease in a pose simultaneously.
 
How do you integrate yoga into your everyday life?  How does your life inform your yoga? 
 
We  must cultivate our own garden. – Voltaire